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  • James Witmer

Facing the Tryout Pressure: Tips for Reducing Mental Stress in Youth Hockey

Tryouts are an exciting but often stressful time for young hockey players. The pressure to perform at your best and make the team can lead to increased levels of anxiety and stress. To help players navigate this period and deal with the mental stress of tryouts, here are some tips and advice.

  1. Focus on the Process, Not the Outcome During tryouts, it can be easy to get caught up in the outcome - making the team or not. However, this can lead to added stress and anxiety. Instead, focus on the process and what you can control, such as your effort, attitude, and preparation.

  2. Prepare Physically and Mentally Proper preparation is key to reducing stress and anxiety during tryouts. Make sure you have been physically training to the best of your ability, and have also taken time to mentally prepare for the experience. Visualization and mindfulness techniques can help you stay focused and confident during tryouts.

  3. Stay Positive and Confident Maintaining a positive attitude and confidence is essential during tryouts. Believe in your abilities, and remember that you are there for a reason. Surround yourself with supportive people, and try to avoid negative or stressful situations before and during tryouts.

  4. Don't Compare Yourself to Others Comparing yourself to other players during tryouts can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Instead, focus on your own strengths and weaknesses, and work on improving them. Every player has their own unique set of skills, and tryouts are an opportunity to showcase them.

  5. Seek Support When Needed If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed during tryouts, seek support from a trusted friend, family member, or coach. Talking to someone can help you process your emotions and reduce stress levels.

In conclusion, tryouts can be a stressful time for young hockey players, but with the right mindset and preparation, it can also be an exciting and rewarding experience. Remember to focus on the process, prepare physically and mentally, stay positive and confident, avoid comparisons, and seek support when needed. Best of luck to all players during tryouts!


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