Sunday, October 28, 2012

Winter Camp Itinerary

Camp Itinerary for 2012 Winter "Focus" Camp

Thursday 12/27 & Friday 12/28/2012 at Laconia Ice Arena, Laconia, NH 03246

Thursday 12/27/2012
8:30am Check In
9am - 10:30am On- Ice Power & Transitional Skating Training
10:55- 11:30am Video Skating Analysis
11:35- 11:55am Hockey Card Trivia
12pm Check Out

Friday 12/28/2012
8:30am Check In
9am- 10:30am On- Ice Puck Skills Training
10:55- 11:20am Off- Ice Stickhandling Session
11:25- 11:55am  Wrap Up Pizza Party
12pm Check Out

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mental Techniques for Overcoming Obstacles

Not every season is going to start off with immediate success.  Winning is difficult to do, but some seasons it can seem even more so.

Winning and success starts with the mind.  Overcoming struggle and adversity requires a mental approach with principles that you can apply in everyday life.  Here are some starting points...


Positive Thinking

  • If you believe that you will fail or think self-defeating thoughts, you are less likely to be successful. Thinking positive thoughts improves mood and increases motivation, making you more likely to reach your goals. If you want to overcome an obstacle, whether it is completing a difficult project at work or winning a football game, telling yourself that you can do it increases your chances of success because thinking becomes solution-focused rather than problem-focused. When a situation is so challenging it is difficult to think positively, remind yourself of times you overcame obstacles in the past. Turn worry into a positive by transforming anxious thoughts into positive or solution-focused thoughts.



  • Picture yourself succeeding. Whatever the challenge is, visualize yourself overcoming that challenge. The more you practice visualization, the more real and more possible the image becomes. Explore weaknesses. Visualize these weaknesses disappearing and strengths taking their place. For example, if fear of failure is a weakness, visualize yourself feeling confident and strong. Picture yourself succeeding at whatever is challenging you. If this is difficult, visualize someone you admire who has these strengths and try to imagine yourself as this person.

Taken from- Read more: Mental Toughness Techniques |

Team building activities are important during winning and losing seasons, and can transform even the most selfish collection of athletes into a more cohesive unit.  Here are some examples of "Team Building" exercises-


This exercise emphasizes problem-solving via different methods of communication.

Teens work in pairs, with one person guiding the other in an attempt to make a simple
drawing. The pairs try to accomplish the goal in three different ways; twice with a limitation on how they communicate, and finally with as much back-and-forth conversation as necessary.


Teens write their strengths on small slips of paper, put them into balloons, and blow
up the balloons. One by one the balloons are popped to reveal what each person brings to the party. As the group learns about the unique talents each person has to offer, the information is transferred onto a large white banner so people can see all of their strengths together. The Party is a fun, low-risk icebreaker that helps set the tone for positive team dynamics. It's also a good activity to use if a group has been working together for some time and needs a refresher on what people can contribute and how the group can work well together. The simplicity of this activity allows it to be used with a wide range of ages, from older to younger teens, and it's fun for teen mentors to use when working with
younger groups.


Assemble the group in a circle and have each person write 5 specific (the same ideas for everyone) traits about themselves on a note card.  Do not write your name on the note card.  Mix up the cards and pass them out again.  Have each person read off the traits on the notecard then guess who the traits describe.  It's simple, easy and with 5 fun traits can make for a unique way for the team to find out details about one another.

* Provide Life Stories and Real- Life Examples
Use video's to make an impact on your team, by providing real- life examples and real- world people who have overcome similar obstacles.

Good examples of stories-

1) Gregory Gadsen and the NY Giants
2) Story of the 2004 Boston Red Sox
3) Story of Abraham Lincoln
4) January 3, 1993 "The Comeback"  Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Oilers

* A personal favorite of mine is the story of Terry Fox... Enjoy.