Contest

Heavy Metal Reigns for Hockey Players’ Entrance Music Heavy Metal Reigns for Hockey Players’ Entrance Music

If hockey were like baseball, players could select their own entrance music — aka, the “at-bat music.” Recently, the Colorado Avalanche asked its... 

Contest: Best Bag for Your Buck Results Contest: Best Bag for Your Buck Results

A sampling of entries into our HockeyShot.com-sponsored best-bag contest reveals backpack styles are the most popular and wheels definitely have an edge.... 

Contest Entries: Top Skating Tips Contest Entries: Top Skating Tips

Thank you to the players, coaches and parents who submitted their top skating tips in the last couple weeks to win a free Laura Stamm Power Skating Clinic.... 

Parenting

How Important is Winning? How Important is Winning?

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”—former UCLA and Vanderbilt football coach Red Sanders AKPC_IDS += "3028,"; Read More →

The Key to Success in Sports and in Life The Key to Success in Sports and in Life

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”—John... 

Recognizing, Preventing and Stopping Bullying Recognizing, Preventing and Stopping Bullying

As we know from our mail, if there’s one thing that keeps hockey parents—and really, parents in general—up at night it’s bullying. At school, in... 

Coaching

Coaching = Teaching Coaching = Teaching

“There is nothing mysterious about developing a good team, because coaching is nothing more than teaching. Coaches impart the techniques to the players.... 

Captain Selection Secrets Captain Selection Secrets

For those of you who never played sports, team captain is not just an honorary position for the cutest, most-popular guy or gal on team. (Or for the coach’s... 

The Top Two Traits of Excellent Coaches The Top Two Traits of Excellent Coaches

From the dawn of youth sports, there has been debate over the qualifications an individual should have to coach a team. In a perfect world, a coach with... 

Player Development

10 Myths About the American Development Model 10 Myths About the American Development Model

I realize any change—good, bad or indifferent—is still a change and can be difficult for people to accept. So I started to collect a few of the negative... 

Colorado Delays Squirt Tryouts in Favor of Six-Week Evaluation Colorado Delays Squirt Tryouts in Favor of Six-Week Evaluation

Imagine you’re a first-year Squirt. As a Mite, you played with friends on evenly drafted teams for four years. You do a few hockey camps in the summer... 

10 Questions to Help Your Player Evaluate Last Season 10 Questions to Help Your Player Evaluate Last Season

“Most of the time, you’re a great player on a mediocre team or a mediocre player on a great team. Only when the stars align are you a great player... 

Nutrition and Health

Important Tips to Keep Players Safe From Concussions Important Tips to Keep Players Safe From Concussions

Every coach in every sport has athletes at risk for concussions. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head. Concussions are certainly... 

Q&A: What are the Best Foods to Sustain Energy During Tournaments? Q&A: What are the Best Foods to Sustain Energy During Tournaments?

Sustaining energy during a regular game can be difficult. However, when an athlete is involved in an entire weekend of tournament play it can be downright... 

Q&A: Are There Better Fueling Options Than Energy Drinks? Q&A: Are There Better Fueling Options Than Energy Drinks?

The sheer number of energy drinks on the market today is staggering. There are so many options, it might seem as though they should be an integral part... 

Youth Hockey Training

Is Your Athlete Suffering from Over Training? Is Your Athlete Suffering from Over Training?

Today’s child athlete is pushed and pulled in many directions. While being involved in extra curricular activities helps build a well rounded child and... 

Exploring the Advantages of Body Weight Training Exploring the Advantages of Body Weight Training

Weight training for kids is often a controversial subject area. Many people believe that it is too taxing on a child’s growing body. In this article,... 

Tips to Build Endurance Tips to Build Endurance

Endurance training for young athletes is often a misunderstood topic. On one hand, there are strength coaches who tend to disregard developmentally sound... 

Youth Sports Character

8 Ways to Excel as a “Non-Star” Player 8 Ways to Excel as a “Non-Star” Player

While there are many players on a hockey team, sometimes it might feel as though there are only a few shining stars. This can leave “non-star” players... 

3 Options When Facing Adversity – Choose One 3 Options When Facing Adversity – Choose One

When your player faces uncertainty or a difficult season, it can be easy for them to just throw in the towel and quit playing. The following article provides... 

The Fear of Failure is Often Worse than Failure Itself The Fear of Failure is Often Worse than Failure Itself

Whether or not parents put pressure on their kids, kids will put pressure on themselves. This pressure can result in fears that, if not handled properly,... 

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