In my most recent sessions with my mentor, some concepts we have discussed in recent sessions include skating, shooting, control, and speed. The concept of skating is based off of fear. If you are scared to fall or trip, you will be off balance and be skating very slow. Skating is not an easy skill to grasp concept of, but with a lot of practice it can come naturally. Shooting is a little more difficult as you need both power and accuracy to have a solid (good) shot. This concept of “shooting” is different for every sport, so if you understand it with one sport it doesn’t quite mean you’ll understand it for every sport. Next, control is a key concept in almost every sport, because in order to be successful and learn new skills, you must maintain control of yourself and what you are doing. I think the hardest part of this concept is that when you are learning a sport you want to try everything really fast, but you will never truly understand the concepts (skills) you are learning without control. Lastly, speed can be a controlling concept as many believe that in order to be the best you must be the fastest. This is not entirely true for many sports, because although you may need speed, this concept also has to do with speed of play, the speed you perform your moves, and the speed you grasp other concepts. One thing about this concept is that speed does not always mean “fast.” For example, when performing a move you want to approach the “defender” at a medium speed, perform your move at 75% pace, and then exit your move with an 100% burst of speed (this is what catches your defender off guard). I think my mentor has done a great job of teaching me these concepts as well as some others.
Now for the alternatives my mentor and I discussed throughout our sessions together. I have had a lot of issues trying to find a spring team to practice with, but once me and my mentor realized that no teams will accept someone who hasn’t played through the fall, we had to look for an alternatives. At first all we found were more power skating classes, but I wanted to actually play. So, we looked further away from home and found an ‘adult” hockey academy that includes power skating, but also has stick&puck, and spring 3 vs. 3. I was really excited about this at first, but then I was a little scared because I thought that everyone would be a lot better than me and I would just be terrible, but my mentor assured me that I’d do just fine and that this is all a learning experience. Another alternative my mentor and I discussed was what kind of equipment to buy. I could buy someones used equipment or buy brand new equipment. There are pros and cons to both, but in the end I felt more comfortable buying my own equipment. It took many hours in Sport Chek and a lot of money to get me all the proper equipment. An added bonus in the end was that all my equipment ended up matching!! 🙂 Overall, I think my mentor has been a huge help in helping me go forward with my ice hockey learning experience. But, I won’t be having anymore sessions with my power skating mentor until after the hockey academy is over in May. I had my first session with the hockey academy this past Monday and it was a workout. All the drills are really simple but help you learn all the fundamentals of hockey and make you really tired because of the intensity. The sessions will run once a week on Monday’s for 2 hours each. I am looking forward to my next session as we get to play a 3 on 3 game! 🙂
P.S. Videos will be up soon! I’ve had some video editing difficulties, but will try my best to get the videos up asap! 🙂
Hi, my name is John O’Niell. I was born six years ago today; March 8th in Drumgallon, Country Monaghan in Ireland. I have received some schooling so far, but I doubt I’ll get much more. I’m young and don’t have much to say at the moment so I’ll try my best to interest you about what I think my future is going to be like.
I’m going to eat a potato right now, I’m pretty sure Ireland eats almost seven million tons of potatoes a year. I’m a pretty healthier and nourished person I think. Anyways, I hope to one day be a very successful man, but who knows what the future will hold for me? Will I be a in the military serving for me country? Will I be living in the United States of America? Will I ever get married? Have kids? What if I become a rebel? Or a criminal? Nahh, that’d never happen.. I am hungry again, so I think I’m going to eat another potato, so I guess I will write to you soon. Good day.
I know I’ve been saying I will post videos, but I have been way too busy to edit them. I’ve been working them lately and will upload a series of them as soon as I can!!
These past two weeks my mentor and I have really been focusing on trying to get my turns right, because I seem to struggle with them. My turns have improved a lot, but I still think I can work to make them better. We also kept practising my stick skills and I finally got to learn how to take shots! My mentor decided to start with a simple wrist shot because it’s better to learn the easier shots first. I did pretty well with shots and got them all on net, but something we will definitely be working on is the power of my shots. I asked my mentor how I could get more power, and he told me that I just need to make sure my weight transfer is in sync with my shot. During my next session I will work more on my shot as I really like to try my best to really understand each skill as I move forward with my project.
As for DeBono, here is a conversation I recently had with my mentor and a summary of the “hats” we used (I’ll try to recall it the best I can):
*end of a practice*
Mentor (Chris): Well done! You’ve really improved since our first sessions! Do you have any questions about today’s session or anything in general?
Amira: Umm, how can I improve my turns? The edge turns?
Chris: I think you’ve improved tremendously on those, but one thing to work on would be making sure to bend your knees. Bending your knees will give you more balance when you turn which will also reducing the risk of your fear of falling.
Amira: I’ve realized I sometimes struggle with bending my knees, but I will definitely work on that throughout the next training sessions. I was also wondering if it would be hard to play hockey while I’m playing soccer and field hockey?
Chris: As in soccer and field hockey, there are different levels in ice hockey for every age group. So, even if you are busy with other sports, you could play on a house team which doesn’t require as much commitment. And I’ve noticed that you are a really athletic and competitive person as you always work hard to improve so you’d definitely be able to move up from house really quick.
Amira: I’m worried that house will be. very slow.
Chris: I think you’ll be able to move up fast and pick up the game pretty quick, so I wouldn’t worry about staying at that level for too long.
Amira: I’ll probably end up staying at house because I have no time, but I would want to move up if I could.
Chris: Ya, definitely set goals to work to improve on your skills. I wish you all the best in finding a team!
Amira: Thank you so much! See you next week!
The hats used during this conversation were:
Blue hats were used when we started the conversation.
I was using a black hat a little while asking some of my questions.
My mentor was using his red hat and white hat while thoughtfully answering my questions.
I look forward to continuing to learn the game of ice hockey!