What Do You Need to Make The Jump?
There’s always room for improvement, no matter what your level of skill is. Maybe it has to do with your hockey sense and the way you read the play. Maybe you feel your shot could be better, or you could use some help in the stickhandling department. Or maybe you need to spend more time in the gym because you’re having trouble winning one on one battles. Whatever the case, we ALL have something we can improve in order to become better hockey players.
I, for one, need to improve my patience with the puck. Being an in-your-face, high-tempo player, I sometimes make quick decisions and get rid of the puck quickly, when in reality I have a ton of time to make a different, often times smarter play.
Instead of using my strength in the corners to protect the puck and try to take it to the net, I often times find myself passing it to a teammate as soon as I can. While there’s nothing wrong with this, I’m capable of controlling the puck and making a play on my own, too.
The first step in improving in hockey or any sport for that matter is to realize which aspect of your game needs work. Once you’ve determined what that is, then and only then can you focus your efforts on getting better at that specific aspect.
Don’t make the mistake of being over-confident. Everyone has weaknesses, and the people that eventually improve on them or even turn them into strengths are the ones that can look at themselves in the mirror and acknowledge the fact that they need to work on them.
That being said, I know what I’d like to improve in my game. Being more patient will allow me to carry the puck more and bring it to the net, giving myself more chances to score by being more of an offensive threat.
Now that I know what I need to improve, I’ll make sure I work on it in practice and prepare myself before games with it in mind. I’ll evaluate my play briefly after each shift and then again more in depth after the game to see if I’ve improved. If i have, I’ll keep that positive momentum rolling through my next practice and next game in order to improve some more. If I haven’t improved, I’ll try to figure out why and what I can do during practice to get better.
What do you need to work on to become a better hockey player? I’d love to hear your thoughts and try to help you out as much as I can. Leave a comment below with which aspects of your game could use some improvement.
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