Sport teaches life skills that you carry forever. Coming prepared, being punctual, well behaved are all qualities I expect for my athletes. Think about the influence of these decisions for the future and how it creates good habits. Check list before hitting the ice; bathroom before taking the ice, have music, gloves, and water bottle ready. It’s expected athletes stay on the ice once the sessions starts.
Hard workers make it further in life, it also brings wonderful successes. Having a plan of what to work on is expected for myself as well as my athletes. We are a team that are helping each other towards greatness. Being prepared to work hard and how to work hard is important.
When the athletes come to train, they are there to work and not to have distractions. You wouldn’t want me texting on my phone when I am working so this shouldn’t be acceptable for the athlete as well. No texting and talking at the boards.
Reviewing ice awareness policy. Being aware of how the ice flows is important for etiquette and safety
Be supportive and nice to everyone. Respect the coaches. These are values that you teach children, it’s no different at the rink. A positive experience for everyone is important. Skating is hard enough as it is, athletes shouldn’t need any social pressures at the rink such as bullying or discouraging talk. We are here to encourage every person that they are all capable of great things and that skating is hard as well as fun. Let’s help one another be better not just at skating, but at treating everyone kindly.
Athletes are learning independence and focus. Parents should not be helping the athletes when they are training. Help encourage the independence (encourage them to learn to tie their own skates, correct their own jumps, think for themselves etc.)
We must love ourselves first. Try and stay positive, it’s o.k. to be frustrated, but it’s not o.k. to hurt yourself or anything or anyone around you. No kicking the boards or kicking the ice if you are angry.