SO YOUR CHILD DIDN'T MAKE THE TEAM. NOW WHAT?

The Tryout period is one of the most stressful parts of the hockey season for players, parents and coaches. There are only a certain number of spots available on a team and not everyone can make the final roster. Keeping Tryouts in perspective and finding the positives from any outcome can help all parties accept and move on with the final decision. The purpose of Tryouts is to place athletes with like-skilled players for the best opportunities at skill development. By evaluating the skill level of players, they can be appropriately put on a team with their peers. Parents want what’s best for their child and want to fix whatever is making them upset. However it is important to remember to lo

TELLING PLAYERS THEY DIDN'T MAKE THE TEAM

It’s never easy to be told that you didn’t make the team. And telling players that they didn’t make the team is just as difficult of a feeling. Tryouts can be a stressful time for parents and players and there are many factors that go into a coach’s decision on finalizing the roster. A lot can change from the start of a season to the end of it and it’s important for coaches and players alike to enter tryouts with a clean slate and a fresh perspective. Remember, tryouts exist to place players at appropriate levels with their peers to ensure the best possible experience on the ice, not to discourage them from playing the sport. Coaches should be ready to provide options to players of what thei

GET BACK IN THE GROOVE FOR BOTH SCHOOL AND HOCKEY

Summer has been a lot of fun but as we all know, sometimes it can go by quickly. Being away from the classroom and the ice means that kids have extra time to spend outside, with friends and sleeping late. But just like that, the back to school ads start coming across our screens and the new school year is just around the corner. That also means that a new hockey season is starting sooner than later and it can be time to start planning on getting the family back into a regular groove. How can parents help their kids get back into a routine? SCHEDULE Every family runs on different timing and schedules but planning ahead can be the best way to stay prepared. Mark all of your child’s hockey game

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