It's exciting to watch our children excel at the sports they love. Working hard toward a personal best or perfecting a specific technique are critical to success, but let’s also remember that playing multiple sports can be tremendously beneficial in the long run – and a lot of fun for our kids.
Branching out from just one sport offers youth athletes both physical and mental benefits, from enhancing current skills to learning to appreciate the new skills required by a different sport.
In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Vincent told us that growing up, he played not only hockey, but baseball as well. In fact, Vincent retains a love of baseball today.
“I love baseball,” said Vincent. “I played baseball alongside of hockey from the age of two up until I had to make a decision around the age of 14.”
Vincent said that playing baseball so much helped him develop a lot of the hand-eye coordination needed to excel in the challenging and fast-moving sport of hockey. He also learned a lot of mental strength needed to persevere in hockey from his baseball experiences.
“Let’s say, in baseball, you go 0-for-4 one day – you can’t let that bother you,” said Vincent. “You have to keep your mind in it and then, the next day, go out there and play with confidence. It’s the same in hockey, where you can’t dwell on a bad game and you need confidence going into the next game.”
Vincent also shared his story of how, when and why he decided to specialize in hockey in this exclusive interview.
Vincent added that he still plays softball in the summers, and can see himself playing softball and soccer after his hockey career is over.
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the ice.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!