Tryouts, Frozen Four, Golf Carts & More!
This time of year is both exciting and gut-wrenching.
March madness, frozen edition, is drawing to a close, and the NHL is heating up! That’s the exciting part.
But it also brings some anxiety. The tryout season is in full-swing.
Tryout season & more
Tryouts, or evaluations for the PC among us, is a never perfect proposition. Players are trying to muster their inner hockey strength, following school and Spring sports practices. Parents are worried about the behind the scenes politics. Coaches are weary at the end of a long season, and their regular work day responsibilities. Organizations’ board members are worried either that they will have the numbers they projected, or that they will be able to secure the ice time needed next season.
There is no right answer. But it is important to note, everyone is in a similar situation. Let the process play out. Some how, some way it usually works out as it should.
Players: Put your best skate forward. Leave everything on the ice! The only thing you can control is your own performance and effort.
Parents: Forget the politics. Fuel your player with a healthy meal, encourage them, and let them know they did a good job afterwards.
Coaches & Evaluators: Be 100% present at tryouts. Forget work, and your golf game for a while. Do your best to notice the best in every player on the ice.
Board Members: You’ll be able to work it out. Don’t worry about it. You’ll be able to find or shed ice time to accommodate next year’s crop. Work to find creative solutions for your players–ALL your players. That’s why you folks get those fancy titles!
It’s never perfect… for anybody. But if everyone tries their best, it will work out.
Shirt Sam: It was fun to watch Air Force nearly earn its first Frozen Four appearance. Now, I’m looking forward to the Mid-West shootout. Of all the stuff we have in the que, I think I’m looking forward to our reading list the most. I can’t wait to roll that out. I think it’s a great list.
Zoe Bear: I hate tryout time. It’s like open season on anyone with a clipboard. That said, I do like evaluating other organization’s players. I don’t know the players, or the parents. And the parents don’t know me. It is a good combination to get honest assessments. I’m disappointed none of the New England Schools made it to the Frozen Four. I guess there is always next year!
Boomer: We have lots of pots on the stove. I can’t wait to publish that stuff in the coming weeks and months. I hope it will help some folks. I’m also looking forward to see how Vegas [Golden Knights] will do in the [NHL] playoffs. Once evaluations are over, and the weather is warm enough, I can’t wait to do some work on the golf cart. I got new parts for Christmas, and haven’t had time to install them.
March has been difficult, to say the least. Four major storms, power outages, changing rink schedules, and a blown publication schedule. But here we are, on the verge of April. It has to be better! Perhaps, we’ll be able to get some golf in before the end of the month.
From everyone at Hockey Dawg, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover.
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