When kids play hockey it teaches them a lot more skills than simply shooting a puck or making the correct pass. While coaches do a great job of teaching the fundamental and core skills there is an intangible amount of learning that happens away from the action. Participation in sports gives the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons along the way and they come from a combination of the coach, parent and player.
Some players balance their time away from school and the game to work part-time and earn an income. Whether it’s shovelling driveways, mowing grass or babysitting neighbors for younger players, or working in retail for older skaters there are opportunities available for minor hockey players to apply the lessons they learn in sport to the real world. Through the time spent on the ice and participating over the years, players quickly pick up the necessary life skills to find success while working.
Athletes are used to being under pressure. Thanks to their coaches, they are accustomed to taking constructive criticism on how to get better and how to follow instructions. Being active learners can serve them well while working and through wins and losses they know that the hard work is never done.
During a busy hockey season, a player’s time management skills are put to the test. Between homework and commitments at the rink the schedule fills up quickly. Players understand the time crunch needed and why it’s so important to be punctual and make every second count. They are accustomed to having multiple obligations and completing them all at a high level.
And of course, teamwork. It goes without saying that you need to work together in hockey to find success. Chances are you’ll be working with others in the workplace or collaborating on projects together. Being able to effectively communicate with your co-workers and bosses is a necessary skill and hockey provides those building blocks.
These skills don’t go away when a player graduates from minor hockey. These are skills that are now engrained in them that they can carry into the workplace as they become adults. So the next time you’re in a position to hire someone, remember everything that a hockey player already knows.
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