Friday, October 16, 2015

The Power of a Hockey Journal

There are a lot of things your young player can do to have better success in sports, but one of them- keeping a hockey journal- might surprise you.

A journal is a wonderful way and place for your youngster to write down his goals for the new season, as well as how he plans to reach those goals. Plus, it’s the perfect way to track victories, failures, feelings, lessons learned, and more as the season progresses.  

Not only is this an excellent outlet for expressing feelings and thoughts, but a journal is also a record of an entire season, one that a player can look back on to discover what worked, what didn’t, and how to proceed in the following season.

If you’re a coach, you might want to try required journaling exercises for the whole team, such as having them rank their performance on a daily basis, and then, once a week, writing about how their ranking changed through the last few days, what the changes were based on, and how they can improve and what they did well based on those rankings and what they said in their overall entries.

If you’re a parent, you can encourage your child to journal, talk to him about how to get the most out of journaling, and maybe even help with a few entries, especially if your child is new to writing and/or struggles with spelling.

As you can see, journaling can be a very powerful thing for athletes (and for all people really), and no matter what your role is, you can encourage the players in your life to engage in this helpful and effective activity.

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