Saturday, August 11, 2012

Six Reasons Why the Boston Bruins Won Stanley the Cup In 2010-11

  1. Playing aggressive - Pressure
  2. Puck protection
  3. Passing
  4. Defense holding blue line
  5. Screening, tipping, rebounding
  6. Pressuring up on all loose pucks

Related Videos & Teaching Points:

Power Thoughts:

  “Sweat, plus sacrifice, equals success”

 -Charles Finlay

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
- Vince Lombardi

“The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.”
- Jean-Claude Killy

Sports Psychology Tips:

Four Stages of Competence:   

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  1. Unconscious incompetence
    The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognise their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage.[2] The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn.[3]
  2. Conscious incompetence
    Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage.[4]
  3. Conscious competence
    The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.[3]
  4. Unconscious competence
    The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become "second nature" and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned.

Mastery involves moving through all four of these learning stages. You need to allow your brain to go from conscious to unconscious performance. You can increase the competency of your skills by practicing physically and mental. I think most coaches and athletes know about mental training. But how many of you, make mental training and visualization part of your daily practice routines? The unconscious mind lets it just happen, instead of you making it happen. The unconscious mind is the key, that opens the door to flow state, being in the zone or peak performance. In hockey, skill development can take a long time.  But mental training can help you now. When you prepare mentally, it limits interference and increases skill development. 

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