Playing Through Frustration

I recently read a book about the top mountaineer in the United States. He has climbed all 14 mountains taller than 8,000 meters (that’s 26,246 feet to you Americans) in the world. What absolutely amazed me is that these expeditions take one to three months—and at least three times he got within as little as 300 feet from a 29,000-foot summit and turned around because the conditions were too dangerous. If you don’t reach the summit then you can’t check it off the list. Imagine the frustration—but calm headedness—it must take to turn around that close to the top. Better to retreat then reach the summit and die on the way down. Read more

10 Tips for Team Dinners Out

Hockey tournaments will teach you something about restaurants. Some welcome 12–15 sweaty/rowdy players, their 20+ tired parents and the assortment of siblings and grandparents. They accommodate your group with pitchers of soda, pre-orders and separate checks. Other restaurants … not so much. Read more

What’s That Call? A Whistle After the Save

At a tournament this weekend, the opposing team’s parents were quite sure that the referee was blowing the whistle “too early” when their players were scrambling in front of our net. (One belted out, “How can we ever score if you keep stopping the play?!”) The parents on our team, of course, were sure the referee was trying to keep control of the game by keeping players from hacking at our goalie. Other times it seems like players are allowed to whack away in front of the net until the puck finally goes in. So what’s going on? Read more

How Important is Winning?

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”—former UCLA and Vanderbilt football coach Red Sanders Read more

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 Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach Read more

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 the locker room or on the ice. Whether their kid is the perpetrator, witness or victim. It’s hard to get out of your mind. And there’s a fine line between helping your child deal with a dangerous situation and being an interfering helicopter parent. How do you handle it? The Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas, is here to help. Read more

Practice to Game Ratio: A Healthy Meal vs. Dessert

In today’s version of youth sports we have a very unhealthy ratio of practice to games. In many youth hockey associations the practice-to-game ratio is 1-to-1 or 2-to-1. To me practice is the healthy meal and the games are the dessert. What would serve our young athletes much better would be a healthier ratio of 3-to-1. Read more

What’s That Call? Hand Pass

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Do Teens Need Sports Supplements?

It’s easy to see the appeal of sports supplements for young athletes. Pro athletes and body builders endorse them. And they’re marketed as being able to improve athletic performance. But should kids and teens take them? No, says Dr. Shane Miller, a pediatric sports medicine specialist at Children’s Medical Center. Read more

The Potential of Late Bloomers

Just a few quick thoughts on the mindset of youth hockey. I have heard at least 10 parents, players and coaches claim that a 14-year-old kid is the best player in the world—or at least North America. Pretty ridiculous. Everyone in youth hockey is so concerned and preoccupied with the best player at his or her age group: Who has the most points, who is going to play junior early, who is being scouted. Read more

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