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14 // AUGUST 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM PHOTO BY USA HOCKEY MAGAZINE ARCHIVES O F F W I N G How To Turn Your Summertime Activities Into In-Season Success g By Roger Grillo Rest & Regroup Almost every NHL player that I know will put the hockey bag away once the season is over. This is their t i m e f o r r e st i n g a n d r e g r o u p i n g . They'll enjoy some down time before it's time to g et back in the weight room with a trainer. Better Every Day E ver y d ay i s a n opp or t u n it y to get bet ter. W hen you get to that o l d e r a g e g r o u p a n d y o u w a n t t o become a player, that 's the k ind of m ent a l i t y y ou h a v e t o h a v e . A n d you don't do that by jumping on the ic e a nd pl ay i ng a bu nc h of me a n- ing less ga mes. P Roger Grillo is a long-time college coach who is now a regional manager with the American Development Model. Mix It Up E v e r y t h i n g w e d o w i t h t h e ADM is based on the age of the ath- letes. At the younger ages (14 and under) it's important to step away from hockey and experience other sports, have some fun and be a kid. This is a time to experience the full gamut of youth sports that will help you develop your athleticism. Shift In Focus As an athlete gets older and he or she is ready to make a commit- ment to a specific sport, the focus should shift to what you can do away from the rink. It goes back to the age of the athlete, but it's about getting stronger, faster and more explosive. And the only way you're going to do that is by working at it. You're not g o i n g t o wa ke u p o n e d ay a n d b e faster or strong er. It's something that you have to commit to on a daily basis. It's also a time when you learn about eating and sleeping right. School's In Session Hockey school can be a great summertime activity, but it needs to be all about fun. Especially at the younger ages. As a player gets older it starts to turn to something that's going to help them either through education or experience that will allow them to take that next step as an athlete. It's hard to make somebody better in a week or two, but you can pick up things that will help you grasp a concept or training technique that can help you to become a better athlete. Lighten Up I don't have a problem with spring and summer hockey, as long as it doesn't look like winter hockey. That means, game-heavy and adult-driven with 15 kids on the bench. Why would anyone want to commit three hours of a summer day to playing 13 minutes of hockey? You're committing a lot of time and money and energy to what is really a dysfunctional development model. Going to the rink and playing pickup hockey and horsing around with your buddies and working on some skills in a fun manner, that's a home run anytime. It's important to step away from hockey and experience other sports, have some fun and be a kid. s the days get longer and the sun gets hotter, this is your time to recharge, refresh and reload as you get ready for another season. It's a time to step away from the rink and enjoy all that summer has to offer. That doesn't mean sitting inside the air condition- ing playing video games. Here are a few tips for turning your summer activities into a successful season. 1 2 3 4 5 6 3 B E Y O N D T H E X ' S A N D O ' S A

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