We all learn important life lessons as we grow. Hockey offers many unique opportunities to learn valuable skills we all need as adults. Here are my top five Hockey Life Lessons:
1. Good Sportsmanship
We can’t all win at everything in life, so learning this at a young age is important. Learning to be a gracious loser isn’t easy, but encouraged in hockey. Shaking hands with the other team after a game is a well known tradition of hockey etiquette that can be relatable to other game experiences in life. Observing how teammates, coaches and parents react when you lose a game, will also help mold your own attitude when it comes to winning and losing.
2. Working with Others – Teamwork
Learning to work together with others is crucial in life with family, at school or at work. Sometimes you need to depend on and work with others and trust that they will help you out when you need them. As a team player, you will gain knowledge and experience as you work with your teammates to achieve the same goals.
3. Communication and Listening Skills
Communication is key to playing a team sport. The skill of communicating and listening effectively is paramount in any group activity that aims for a similar result. Listening while your coaches talk and communicating with your team on the ice will help develop these important life skills.
4. Following rules
Self explanatory there. Life is full of rules we all need to follow. In almost in every aspect of our daily lives, we will be required to follow some rules…just as in Hockey. Learning early in life to play with rules, boundaries and limitations will help you function and adapt to rules in society as you grow.
5. Setting Goals
Having goals and developing a strong work ethic and will take you far in life. Everyone needs to practice to become good at something, and hockey is no exception. Hockey helps you practice this skill by encouraging players to develop their techniques, work on their game and set future goals. Players realize the importance of training to become successful.
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Republished with permission from Tim Turk Hockey
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