How can a youth hockey player "guarantee" his own success?
by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy
What kind of mindset does a player need to realize his full potential?
The burden of doing what is necessary to an athlete's development falls squarely on the shoulders of the individual athlete.
Parents indeed do play a crucial role when the athlete is younger. But ultimately it is up to the athlete to do what he must to turn his potential into reality.
To do this the athlete must develop a certain mindset.
It is a mindset that will allow the player to do those 7 key things that "must" be done, i.e. for the player to eventually realize his full potential.
And ultimately, this mindset is dependent on what I'll call a "crucial understanding."
First I'll address the 7 "keys" ... and then the crucial understanding.