Getting Better During Social Distancing: Tips & Tricks
COVID-19 has thrust many changes to daily life. There has become a considerable amount of open and down time for people. For older players, this means finding activities to occupy the body and mind on their own, and for parents of younger players, it means developing a plan to keep kids active.
Practicing social distancing does not mean physical activity needs to be absent, or that players cannot improve at the sport they love. Let’s look at some ways to GET BETTER as a player!
1. Stick handling & Shooting
This is a great time to stick-handle in the driveway, on the sidewalk, a kitchen floor (if allowed), or a basement. Use a hockey ball, golf ball, or hard rubber if a puck cannot be used. There are some many stickhandling videos out there, as well as basic drills coaches have taught on the ice. If there is a space to shoot pucks without damaging anything, do so. Shoot 100-500 pucks, good form. A dramatic difference will show!
2. Become Athletic by Doing Workouts
Players can still run, do body weight workouts, stretch, and do other activities. Read the Quarantine Workout (See Below) or look into plans made available. Just be active!
3. Play Mental Games
Hockey is a mental game. Playing board games or thinking games can boost hockey performance. There are reasons high-end hockey players perform well in the classroom. Play Chess, do puzzles, challenge the mind to problem solve.
4. Watching Hockey Reruns
Being better at hockey takes learning. This is more than just skating and playing when the hour comes. The best players watch the game, listen to the broadcasters, and pay attention to the small details, and not just the highlights.
This improves mental function. Read about favorite players, favorite teams, articles about how to get better, websites with drills. The best way to learn is to read. Read about the sport you love.
6. Research Hockey Drills & Videos
This helps understand the purpose of practice and technique. This might help players understand why coaches choose drills. If you have been told to improve a skill by a coach, look up a drill that helps. Understand, the purpose and technique of the drill. Share new drills with friends and coaches.
7. Eat Right
Nutrition is important. Watch the sugary snacks. Drink Water, not soda or sports drinks. Eat Protein foods.
The current quarantine life can be a great opportunity to get better! Become a learner! Improve oneself. Do not take a moment for granted. This is a period that can be used for growth. When the ice opens back up, be ready to roll having improved oneself.