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  • James Witmer

Hockey Tryouts: The Importance of a Positive and Focused Mindset

As the tryout season for youth hockey approaches, players can feel a mix of excitement and nervousness. It's a time when players get the opportunity to showcase their skills, but it can also be a time of intense competition. With the right mindset, players can approach tryouts with confidence and focus. Here are some tips on how youth hockey players can prepare mentally for tryouts:

  1. Focus on the Process, not the Outcome It's natural to want to make the team, but players should focus on doing their best rather than just making the team. Approach tryouts as an opportunity to showcase your skills and work on improving your game, rather than just trying to impress the coach. Players who focus on the process are more likely to perform their best and will be better prepared for future opportunities, whether or not they make the team.

  2. Control What You Can Control Players can get caught up in worrying about things they can't control, such as who they're competing against or what the coach is thinking. Instead, players should focus on what they can control, such as their attitude, effort, and preparation. By focusing on these things, players can maximize their chances of success and minimize stress and anxiety.

  3. Embrace the Challenge Tryouts can be a daunting experience, but players should embrace the challenge and see it as an opportunity to grow as a player. By pushing themselves out of their comfort zone, players can improve their skills and confidence, and gain valuable experience that will help them in the future. Rather than fearing the challenge, embrace it and use it as an opportunity to improve.

  4. Stay Positive and Confident A positive mindset can make all the difference in tryouts. Players who believe in themselves and their abilities are more likely to perform at their best. It's important to stay confident, even if things don't go as planned. Remember that everyone makes mistakes and has bad days, and that it's how you respond to those setbacks that matters most. Stay positive and focus on what you can do to improve.

  5. Have Fun Above all, tryouts should be a fun and enjoyable experience. Youth hockey players should remember why they started playing hockey in the first place – because they love the game. By staying focused on having fun and enjoying the process, players can perform their best and make the most of the experience.

In conclusion, approaching tryouts with the right mindset can make all the difference for youth hockey players. By focusing on the process, controlling what they can control, embracing the challenge, staying positive and confident, and having fun, players can perform their best and enjoy the experience. Remember, tryouts are just one step in a player's journey, and no matter what the outcome, there will always be opportunities to grow and improve.


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