6 Ideas for End-of-Season Player Gifts
Consider skipping the typical trophy this year in favor of a more usable item. Grab a silver Sharpie and personalize these items with each player’s nickname. Whether your players are 4 or 14, boys or girls, you’ll find something for them here.
Develop Eye-Mind-Body Coordination
Vision is the signal that starts the muscles of the body to respond. All sports involving a puck, ball or quick body movements require excellent eye-mind-body coordination. When you miss a pass or whiff on a shot, what could be happening? It’s not necessarily “bad hands” but inaccurate visual input to your body. To help develop eye-mind-body coordination, try this Arrow Jump activity.
Are You a Team Player?
At the Mite age level, the outcome of any scrimmages or jamboree games is often determined by the skills of one player who is a little taller, quicker or stronger than the others. However, as players progress and start playing as a team, it becomes much harder for one player to make a difference by himself. Players who learn early to work with their teammates have much greater success than those who focus more on their own efforts. Playing as a team involves several things. These include:
Keep Calm and Cover Your Ears
The other hockey parents, particularly moms, always ask me how I remain so calm during games. The reality for me is that whether my son makes the game-winning goal or ends up on the bench in the third period, I still have laundry and work to finish when I get home. I know that his team’s performance in a single game will make little difference to his life—much less mine.