Another two weeks has flown by and I have definitely learned a lot more! I met with my mentor 3 times within the last two weeks (as my mentor was very busy teaching other classes) and I’ve started to learn more stick and puck skills. In the first lesson of the three lesson set I continued to learn how to do turns as well as acceleration and deceleration. I have improved a LOT on my speed and turning. During our first set of sessions I was very shaky while turning and was scared to fall. My mentor told me that in order to be more successful I must not be scared to make mistakes/fall. I’m happy to say that I haven’t fallen yet, but I have almost called numerous times. Now that I know not to be scared I am doing a lot better with my turns and turning with speed. Also, during this session I finally got to start using pucks. We just did basic stick to stick passing so I could get used to the weight of the puck. I found it very weird at first, but after I got the hang of it it was really fun! At my second lesson of this three lesson set I learned how to turn while keeping my stick on the puck. It was very hard and took me a while to get the hang of it, but in the end I got it and was able turn using both the front and back side dribbling. This is basically all we worked on this session (as well as a review of our previous sessions) as it was a difficult skill to grasp. At our final of these three sessions, I learned how to dribble with the stick and puck! I have been looking forward to this day as I have been practising with an ice hockey stick and field hockey ball at home. In ice hockey you use both sides of your stick to dribble, whereas in field hockey you use only one side. We started by dribbling in a straight line up the ice which was pretty simple. Then my mentor set up a row of cones for me to weave through. Now this was quite difficult and I never really went through the cones without knocking one over. It was a bit frustrating, but I know with practice I will get! We also worked on some stick to stick passing while moving up the ice! I really enjoyed this as it was was really fun and challenging at the same time! For our next session we will basically review everything I’ve learned and fix up anything that I need a little work on.
My mentor has been a very good listener as he is always listening to my questions no matter how many I throw at him. As De Bono states, it is very important to be a good listener, and my mentor definitely knows how to be a good listener. Although I am usually listening to my mentor, he always take time to ask me questions and listen to what I have to say. I feel like this is a very good quality to have as it makes me feel like my mentor really cares and wants to help me improve. Most of the questions I ask my mentor are fishing questions as they usually have to do with techniques. There are many techniques for each skill learnt in ice hockey so I always try them all out and then stick with whichever techniques I feel most comfortable using. My mentor has been very helpful and helped me to improve as an ice hockey player by really pushing me to work hard. I am looking forward to continue to work with my mentor and improve!
I have been looking for a spring team for a while now and every local club requires previous ice hockey experience. I’ve done so much research for spring teams and I’ve finally come to the conclusion that if I wan’t to play on a spring team, I will have to go out a little farther to join a team. This will be difficult with all the other commitments I have going on throughout the spring such as field hockey and soccer, but I will make it work.