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Burnout --- as others have said, taking even a month off can do wonders. Mine (eventually) took the spring/summers off from hockey (until HS). They all said after the first practice back 'it was nice being on the ice again'.
Head --- happened to my second. He was so worried about making a mistake he was always 'the second one there'; at times 'where did that come from' but 95% it was the other. This could be internal (just the way they are), but more than likely from you or his coaches. It can be subtle. How many coaches say 'if you miss the net' you will do laps/pushups etc. So what happens: they all shoot right at the goalie/middle of the net.
It is not the strongest or swiftest athlete that thrives it’s usually the individual that is most willing to change. Great young athletes makes changes before they need to and others make changes when they start to struggle, while some athletes never make the necessary changes and fall back to mediocrity or just find another interest. Just don’t let hockey become a chore.
Best quote of the year.
"Just don’t let hockey become a chore."
My 08 loves to play but every few months i can see it is becoming a chore, work, obligation. Especially When he asks me, "do I have practice tonight?", I know he is cooked. I tell him, only if your up to it...if he calls in, he gets to erase the brain and reenergize. Nothing wrong with that.
I’m burnt out on hockey practices, games and skills and all I do is sit in my car and drive. This season is also dragging on, parity is delayed and our coach wants to hold practice at least 1x/week until parity....which will be right before the summer camps start? I know we’re lucky to be playing, but my kid has been skating since the end of June with no end in sight...
All the prodding, pushing, criticism, hating on coaches, spending half a day in a car for 15 minutes on the ice, $$$, shaming your kid with teammate comparisons, spring tourneys, summer camps, useless tryouts, looking for the next great team, league, coach...IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT WHEN YOUR OFFSPRING MAKES THE BIG SHOW!!!, lol
Post full of loooooozahs. All of you. My kid begs to be on the ice. I encourage not discourage.
A lot of you belong in the PHL of parenting.
Like they say......... If you ain’t got haters you ain’t poppin.
My Bender has been in a slump since he first laced them up but he loves it!
I was going through a slump for a few months this year then I focused and 1 weekend I went 2 for 2. Kicked it off at the Pilgrim with a 40 something blond in a Canada goose jacket and then I went slummin down in providence and picked up a little critter from PHC. Her kid was the backup goalie. That got me rolling again.
Quick observation, Mite Majors don't have slumps. They go to the rink and skate around, some days with some excitement and energy, some days not so much. Just relax, don't show them your emotions about there lack of energy. You job is to get them to the rink, be there biggest fan and let them have fun. No matter where they are, if they not having fun, it doesn't work. So Relax, your not taking them to the show, they are, and get ready, they may not want to be an NHL players or for that matter a college player. Your goal now can get them to there HS team or prep team, JV or Varsity, if they make the team as a freshman you've done your job. There'll take it from there if they want it. You can bring them to the door of opportunity but only they, can walk through it. Good Luck
Wow what has the dboard become? OP is Trolling and actually getting legitimate answers!
In other words your kid is mediocre. Wonder where he gets it from.
"All the prodding, pushing, criticism, hating on coaches, spending half a day in a car for 15 minutes on the ice, $$$, shaming your kid with teammate comparisons, spring tourneys, summer camps, useless tryouts, looking for the next great team, league, coach...IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT WHEN YOUR OFFSPRING MAKES THE BIG SHOW!!!, lol"
Just because I resemble the above comments doesn't make me a bad Daddy. I look at it as parental guidance. When my star is 18 I will get your kid an autograph to show no hard feelings.