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

non_star_player_postWhile 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 feeling unimportant and second-rate. The following article, from former hockey player and coach Jeff Serowik gives excellent advice for the “non-star” player. Read more

3 Options When Facing Adversity – Choose One

dont_give_up_postWhen 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 some encouraging advice about persevering in the midst of trials. Read more

The Fear of Failure is Often Worse than Failure Itself

fear_of_failure_postWhether 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, will lead to poor performances and potentially a greater fear of failure. Helping young players understand and deal with fear and anxiety assists kids in not only sports, but in all areas of life. Read more

Six Proven Steps To Help Players Overcome Fear

8_tips_to_deal_with_fear_postFear is a natural instinct that once helped protect humans from being eaten. Though being eaten is no longer a daily problem, fear is still a large part of life. Read more

How to Encourage Good Sports Conduct

encouraging_good_sportsmanship_postParents often enroll their child in a hockey program to build character. Sport participation by itself, however, does not develop character in athletes. Just like any physical skill, athletes need to be taught positive behaviors. Coaches and parents both play a vital role in developing positive attitudes and behaviors in their athletes. Two major ways to develop good sport conduct is via positive role modeling and actively teaching good sport conduct. Read more

How to Prevent Your Child From Choking Under Pressure

keep_kids_cool_under_pressureThere are times when competition gets the best of even the most seasoned athlete. If a pro, who is at the top of his game developmentally feels the heat, how much more intense is it for our children? In the following interview, Executive Editor, TK Stohlman and Clinical Child Psychologist and Certified Sports Psychologist, Dr. Darrell Burnett, discuss how to prevent your child from choking under pressure. Read more

Three Ways to Improve Confidence After a Playing Slump

improve_confidence_after_slump_post1Has your confidence been dipping lately? Have you been in a funk in which you can’t find your way out? Are you beginning to expect the bounces and calls to always go against you? Do you look at an opponent and wonder “how am I going to keep up today?” The following article provides some excellent advice to get out of this rut and move towards positive thinking. Read more

What Are The Lessons Learned in Youth Sports?

lessons_learned_in_youth_sports_postHelping a child develop in youth sports is as much physical as it is emotional. There are so many things a player can learn by being involved in competitive situations such as sports. The following article is from an interview Executive Editor TK Stohlman conducted with Jim Johnson, founder and director of flexxCoach, on the subject of the lessons children learn through youth sports. Read more

Why is Sportsmanship So Important?

importance-of-good-sportsmanship-postHelping your child understand the importance of sportsmanship will not only allow them to develop into a mature athlete, it will enable them to deal with difficult situations away from sports in a positive manner. Read more

Teaching Players the Importance of Right and Wrong

teaching-players-sports-ethics-postResearch shows that sports participation is actually eroding the moral reasoning of many athletes.  The good news is that coaches can make a difference by coaching ethical toughness and by engaging athletes in dialog about ethics and sports. Read more

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