Beer league mistakes and tips
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08-03-2010, 05:07 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Northern California
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Great thread. I have a suggestion that's a bit more for everyone else, but I think it fits.
If you're one of the better (or at least more vocal) players on your team, I think it's important to distinguish between these three types of mistakes that you see, and how you respond to them:
1. Mistake of execution - many less experienced players try to do something and fail - whiffed passes come to mind. This isn't the time to get on them for not passing the puck or for turning it over. This is a good time to pat them on the back for having the balls to try to pass in the first place. "I saw you trying to pass that puck instead of throwing it away - nice job. Better luck next time." This way you don't discourage them from trying again. If you tell them not to turn the puck over, then you've just made sure they won't attempt that pass again.
2. Physical impossibilities - if a hot shot speedster skates around your beginner defenseman like he's a road cone, this isn't the time to make comments about "we can't let that guy walk in on our goalie like that!" Because for all practical purposes, your beginner defenseman really is a road cone to that player. Nothing needs to be said here - the beginner knows he got beat. Any negative comment really isn't going to do anyone any good (unless it's to point out that the better players shouldn't leave that beginner hanging out to dry in the first place).
3. Bad decision / habit / whatever. This is the time to break out your player/coach wisdom, and the sooner after the incident, the better. And most poorer players will love to get advice on this sort of thing.
This is some of the best advice that I've seen in a while. It's a lot easier for other players to blast criticisms to lesser players for mistakes that are not always their fault. It takes a bigger player that is mindful and rewards players that are making mistakes with positive reinforcements, patience and a vote of confidence to keep moving forward. Any time that a mistake is made on the ice, every player needs to look deep inside themselves to remember how it was when they first started and to support/mentor the lesser players that are more prone to making mistakes.
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