Every Hockey Families November Checklist
There are trends in hockey family, environment and behavior that must be kept in check. Every November, certain issues rise to the forefront as the weather begins to become turbulent with winter looming. Run through the checklist and ensure that you can compete to the fullest each and every time you are on the ice.
Clothing Attire- As the weather changes, with sun, snow, rain, sleet each player should be equipped with proper warm layered clothing. This will ensure that you avoid unnecessary illness. No more sandals, and t-shirts!!! Toques, socks, and gloves are a must. Also be sure to avoid being outside in cold wet clothing (and hair) at all times.
School Work- Every year, there is a tendency for players to fall behind on their school work in November. Families must keep tabs, and focus on developing the 'Student-Athlete'. It is hard work, but it will pay off in the long run. Stay organized and on top of everything.
Self Assessment- By now most teams have played at least 15 games. This is a great time for teams and individual players to asses their play thus far. Are you on target to reach the goals you have set forth at the beginning of the season? What have you done well so far? What do you need to work on? Take the time to reflect and give yourself a report card. It will help you to identify what November & December should be like.
Diet- As flu season begins to pick up be sure you are getting the proper diet and nutrition. Keep well hydrated and take vitamins (see pharmacist for advice).
Skill Development- By November most players are only immersed on their teams. Teams have the objective of winning, which usually means team play is more important than overall skill development. Players must continue to develop their individual skills, even when they are not at 'hockey schools'. Those that continue to improve their skills will get better as the season wears on, and be more valuable to their teams come playoff time.
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