Sunday, January 30, 2011

Finishing up the hockey tournament...

Well, it is the last day of the hockey tournament in Florida - as things go, it is by this time that I am tired and ready to be home. We were up early this morning in order to be at the rink by 6am for a 7:10am game. Unforturnately, Matthew and his team lost that game...they have lost all their games :( We are at the rink right now waiting for the 6th and final game...the game where the 5th place team plays the 6th place team for the rights to be the team "officially" in last place. As per routine, we have to be at the rink an hour and fifteen minutes before game time so I have time to sit in the bar/grill that over looks the rink and blog.

I know that it sounds sad that this team loses many...most...of their games. But as another hockeymom and I were discussing over dinner last night, the majority of the players still come off the ice with a smile on their face, they get out of  bed at 4:30am looking forward to play that game. Yes, there are a few who are ready to quit; but the majority are having a good time and also developing the skills they need to continue to the next level. Looking at the kids, those who have the negative attitude seem to have parents with negative attitudes - they have a hard time understanding the coach's philosophy of developing the kids, their hockey skills, stamina and strategies to improve. "They just don't get it" and then they complain that little Johnny isn't on the first line, being placed on the special teams or getting his fair share of ice time. Little Johnny hears his parents takes and feels their negative vibes, inherits it and brings it into the locker room and their own life. However, those parents who do "get it" tend to have kids who are positive and are able to deal with the losses as a learning lesson.

Anyway...Matthew and the team have just taken the ice for warmups, so I better sign off and get prepared to watch.

Take care and remember...
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!
Lisa 

3 comments:

CalamityJr said...

Take your fantastic attitude through the rest of the day, then have a safe trip home!

Catherine said...

I cn relate to the attitude thing - it applies to those in baseball too - I see it every season! Safe journey home!

Susan said...

I'm sorry that your son's team lost all of their games, but as I'm always stressing to my son, it's not about winning or losing, it's about participating, and you're instilling a wonderful attitude in your son!