Can Hockey Skills Be Taught?
First – Why Do It?
If you have read the beginnings of my blogs you’ll know that when I started this, I said that I felt being involved in the playing of organized hockey can provide a great many life experiences and learning lessons. If you’re a normal parent that wants the best for your children you will want to do every thing you can to properly prepare them for the inevitable challenges they will face as they go through life. Now hockey isn’t the only pursuit that will provide a valuable education; I just happen to think it’s a very good one.
Now to get the most out of any learning experience, it seems to me that there has to be a good level of dedication and applied effort in order to get a good result.
If you decide to continue beyond the basic entry level of hockey with your child then you will find that this involvement will require a considerable amount of time, money, and both physical & emotional energy. Since this will be pretty much a given, you might as well proceed with a good level of dedication toward the achievement of excellence.
Jack Of All Trades And A Master Of None
There are never any guaranteed outcomes in life; however I’m certain that if you just dabble in everything you do, there are valuable lessons that will never be learned.
There’s a well know phrase; “Jack of all trades and a master of none”.
Another way of saying this is: “At everything you do, you pretty much display considerable incompetence”.
There is value in the process of striving to achieve your best and striving for excellence. Everyone that has achieved excellence in any endeavor has probably shared a similar type of process and experience. It takes, effort, time, passion and dedication. It will involve physical pain and mental anguish. There will be frustration when there is a lack of success and failure and yet there will be elation with progress and accomplishment. Most mere mortals will never achieve greatness, however the process involved in this striving is one of the most important lessons in life.
Now it doesn’t have to be hockey to learn this lesson. There are a great many pursuits that will provide this same experience.
With all of the time, money and energy required; If you commit with your family to proceeding to a higher level of hockey, then you might as well put in the dedication and effort towards learning the achievement of excellence. Reality is that most players will not achieve a career in hockey, but that isn’t the issue. The issue is the taking of this learning experience with you for the rest of your life.
Can Hockey Skills Be Taught?
Well of course they can be taught; just like any other skill or pursuit which involves physical dexterity.
Jack Of All Trades And A Master Of None?
There’s a lot more to come. In Part 2 I’ll give you one big piece of advice and an important warning.
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