Should we compete?

Posted: January 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the facts of life our children all learn is that sometimes they win and sometimes they lose.There are enough books written on how we should introduce this concept to children to fill a library. Every parent has there own opinion and their own style. The Timbit approach is clearly outlined by Hockey Canada in its Initiation program. There are to be no winners and the focus should be on developing not only hockey skills but the more important “softer skills” – sportsmanship, team play and most important of all – a life long love of the game of hockey. That guideline doesn’t mean that competition is a bad thing or that it should be avoided.

The chance of one of our 2014 Timbits making the NHL like Sydney Crosby – (the Timbit poster boy) is very small… but that doesn’t mean that our players can’t aspire to that. In fact at this age they should be conflicted as to whether they want to be an astronaut, a rock star, a super hero or a sports star. The ticket to stardom is actually pretty simple – strive to be better tomorrow than you are today.That is what competition should be all about. We compete not to win but to push ourselves to be better by competing with those around us… and with ourselves. I have coached for a long time and from my viewpoint from behind the bench it appears that players are more disappointed in not playing as well as they know they can than in “suffering a loss”. Our NHL and Junior hockey stars obviously have great skill – some of it comes from their natural talent but the overwhelming factor that has lead to their success is dedication to their craft. Developing into a good hockey player requires hundreds if not thousands of hours of practice. Very few people are willing to practice this much, usually because they have other things in their lives that require their time. Sadly the other reason people stop practicing a skill is that they find it “too hard” since they are “not very good at it”. Everyone can learn to skate and play hockey and their skill development will continue to advance as long as they continue to strive to be better tomorrow than they are today.This is my message to each and every Timbit. If you were on ice you would hear me tell them: “You aren’t born knowing this – just practice and you will get better.”… and they have and will continue to improve as long as they try to be better tomorrow than they are today. See you at practice!



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