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    Monday, July 31, 2017

    Top 3 Ways to Prepare for AA Tryouts

    Maximize the chances of making the team

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Although AA tryouts won’t begin until September, there is no time like the present for youngsters to get serious about their hockey training and begin preparing themselves to be at their best. 

    Eating healthy and being in top physical condition are of course just the starting point as you prepare for AA tryouts. 

    This article discusses the following 3 ways to really prepare, ways that go above and beyond merely eating healthy and being in top physical condition:

    • Get on the right schedule

    • Make at least one leap forward

    • Visualize success and be mentally ready

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    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Coping with AAA Tryouts

    Top 5 Reasons to Stay Positive

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy


    Advice from Coaches who Get it

    We interviewed head coaches from each of the four Illinois Tier 1 AAA organizations. The main question we asked was: what is the best advice they can offer to parents during AAA tryout season, and especially for those whose sons might not make their teams.

    Surprisingly, a strong consensus of opinion emerged. Over and over, what came up were the 5 main reasons to stay positive.

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