Win or lose player's always learn how to improve on their game. But do you remember a time when your player stepped off the ice so defeated with the way they played they wanted to quit, even if their team won?
As a parent I know you want your player to be the best player they can be, and I know it tugs at your heart when your player feels like they want to quit. I have been there before. You know they love the game, you have seen their smiles and progress on the ice, yet they struggle and their confidence begins to take a rapid downward spiral. What do you do?
When I work with a player and his or her parents one on one, I start with the basics.
- The very first step is to make sure your son or daughter is getting the sleep they need. Yes! Tweens and Teens needs at least 9 - 10 hours of restorative sleep. They will perform better in school, on the ice and they will grow. Did you know your child wakes up taller than they were when they went to bed? It's true. To get my boys to sleep sometimes I say "Do you want to be taller than mommy? At 5'10" they still need to grow a bit more.
- The second step is to ensure they are eating at regular intervals. If your son or daughter skips breakfast and or lunch and tries to eat all the calories they need at the end of the day this will not help them gain muscle, speed and endurance.
- And last but not least ensure they are drinking enough water. When your player steps on the ice thirsty they are already mildly dehydrated and this will impact their speed, muscle strength, endurance, focus and over all athletic ability.
These may seem like simple steps, no brainers, but so many players overlook them.
Whether your youth ice hockey player is trying to make "big" gains on the ice this season, so just get back into "playing shape" because they have been off the ice for a few months, practice these 3 steps and your player will begin to see improvements.
Have a wonderful day.
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Happy Skating :-) And I wish you success in your upcoming tournaments.
Hockey Mom RD