Q: Do you have any player development tips that could give my player an edge?
A: There are no shortcuts, but there are a few tips that can boost your teen’s development as a hockey player and help them be the best they can be on a daily basis.
To start, hopefully your player is living a healthy, active lifestyle. This means things like consistently good sleeping habits, proper nutrition, an age-appropriate training routine and staying well hydrated.
The question to ask your teen is, “Are you truly committed to becoming a better athlete and the best person you can be?”
It’s an important question because it helps put things in perspective for them. Everyone says they want to be the best, but few are actually willing to do what it takes to be the best. For some, simply giving them a blueprint for how to achieve their best is all they need. Asking them the aforementioned question, then discussing the specifics with them, can help them understand what true commitment is.
There are 168 hours in a week. What is your teen doing with those 168 hours? Have they ever actually taken a look at the time they spend on things during the week? Does their time expenditure reflect their goals?
What are productive ways of spending that time?
Players also need to know that the race to their full potential is a marathon, not a sprint. They need to be patient with themselves and the process while remaining highly competitive and driven to succeed. They need to understand that they control their own destiny. If they fully invest in their development, and fully commit to it, they’ll get results.
As it relates to the end point in the process, I’ve found that the players who are working the hardest don’t need to talk much about the end point. They show by doing.
Here are a few final tidbits to help with your teen’s development:
The author, Guy "Goose" Gosselin, made his NHL debut with Winnipeg in 1988. He is a two-time United States Olympian and was inducted into the University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
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