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Forming Your Routine

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Forming Your Routine
Last week I talked about the importance of your mental game, but I feel like I need to help you put that into practice.  You probably already have a routine in place but likely haven’t given it much thought.  I would like to encourage you to do so because you are likely already doing things in a certain order so you don’t forget anything, and this has already become routine for you.  Many players aren’t consistent, and they can’t figure out why, and this is going to not only help you be more consistent at first, but also help you tweak that to improve your performance.

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Picking Teams

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Picking Teams

Since we have now entered what I call the season of movement in which teams move to different leagues or cities, coaches move up or move on, and players do the same, or try to, I thought it was a good time to give you my advice for picking teams.  By the way, I also call this email season as it’s the time of year when my inbox is flooded with offers of camps, combines, showcases, and off season training, but those emails are another article I have already written.  Keep in mind this is only my opinion, and you...

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Looking Ahead

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Looking Ahead

Every so often a parent of a 12-year-old shows up in a youth hockey forum asking about junior hockey, and there are always a mix of reactions.  Some folks berate them telling them how crazy and stupid they are to even think about juniors yet, while others just thoughtfully anwer the questions.  What’s the harm in asking, though? I get it.  I’m a bit of a planner, too.  I like to know what’s coming so I can be as prepared as possible, and while I like surprises generally, I don’t like them as much when they affect my bank account....

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Networking

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Networking

Networking is basically the process of meeting the right people or establishing mutually beneficial relationships with other people.  Now, this is usually thought about more purposefully and often approached with intent in business, but I hope you know by now that hockey is also a business.  This means that all of the hockey people you know are in your network.  That includes those kids you played with in squirts, that kid or coach you met at that tryout camp, that coach you had for that summer team, or that dad you met watching the game in the hotel bar at...

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Why Grades Matter

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Why Grades Matter

If you’ve ever attended a junior hockey seminar, you’ve heard it said that grades are important.  You need a high enough GPA to pass NCAA Clearinghouse, to appeal to college scouts, and for scholarships, but that isn’t the only reason.  See, there aren’t enough athletic scholarships for a full roster of a Division I team, and if the coach has discretion on which athletes get the scholarships (many do), they are likely going to give the scholarships to those with the worst grades.   Now, I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense on the surface, but if an athlete...

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