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R I N K RAT BEH I N D T HE G L A SS ILLUSTRATION BY Darren Gygi SAY IT'S SIMPLY YEARNING FOR YES - TERYEAR, but there was a time when sports was about more than points on a scoreboard or tallies in a win-loss column. It's easy in today's world of travel teams, AAU circuits and round-the-clock training to forget that the whole reason your Ovie-in- training first laced up the skates was proba- bly for something much more elementary. The legendary John Wooden used to say, "You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you're outscored." Cliche though it may be to invoke Wooden, there is a reason he won 10 national titles. So before you start a new season worrying about how many goals your child may score, or how far in the playoffs they may go, come up with your family's own definition or what would make for a successful year. I asked parents to keep it going, and add their own goals for this season: • My daughters and I talk about their goals together. I respect their goals and remind them to have fun along the way –Jen Berg, Oshkosh, Wis. • To push my son out of his comfort zone and to believe that he can do it if he puts his mind to it. –Johnny Sheppard, Scarborough, Maine • To be a team player, but also to have the confidence in himself to "take the shot." –Kathy Gallagher, Machisen. St. Peters, Mo. • Keep setting goals and continue to push herself all the way to the last buzzer. – Jodi Leib, Farmington Hills, Mich. • Be a leader on and off the ice. –Sandi Lanham Brower, Frederick, Md. COACH OF THE MONTH THE HOCKEY MOM MICAH STIPECH Age: 44 Houghton, Mich. The best coaches are capable of turning their players into better per- formers on the ice, and better people off of it. One coach that relish- es that role is Micah Stipech of Team Copper Country. "I coach because investing in young people is the best investment in the future you can make," said Stipech, a Level 5 coach who is also a USA Hockey instructor. The belief bestowed in him to lead Team Copper Country has paid off with back-to- back USA Hockey 18 & Under Tier II National Championships. On the ice, they're already put- ting in the work as they aim for a threepeat. Off the ice, Stipech's efforts have been just as meaningful. An ele- mentary school coun- selor, Stipech spends time working with kids every day. When it's not at school, it's training them at a gym he owns. "I'm driven to help kids become better athletes and people," he said. "In 20 years we'll know how we did by how our players are doing in life." 1. Learn the FUNdamentals, with the emphasis on fun. 2. Safety and ice awareness 3. Being comfortable in their environment 4. Proper equipment 5. Sportsmanship 6. Teamwork 7. Knowing what to expect. It's OK to ask questions. 8. Age appropriate training. Progressions to play. 9. Hockey, as with most sports, is a privilege to play. Be humble and thankful. 10. It's OK to make mistakes; learn from them. • Listen to your coaches. They see parts of the game that you don't. –Mike Braciszewski Syracuse, N.Y. • Every year we ask our players to be part of a team, work hard, be a complete player and represent themselves, their team and community with the highest level of integrity. The goal is not to win, but to love hockey and everything that comes with it. If they do, oddly they win. –Mark Marshall, Edina, Minn. • I always want them to grow as a per- son and a hockey player. I want them to learn the value of a team effort and not a me effort. –Amanda Berry, St. Cloud, Minn. • I hope that he will finally give himself credit for how far he has come and that he will have the confidence he needs to stop worrying and enjoy every minute of it. –Theresa Caruso-Woyciesjes, North Haven, Conn. We all have our own goals and ambitions for kids, but we all share a common desire in seeing our kids grow into more well-rounded adults. And it takes far more than a hat trick or kick save for that to happen. Setting real- istic expectations and reaching them is an achievement worth celebrating. P Christie Casciano Burns' new book, "My Kids Play Hockey: Essential Advice For Every Hockey Parent" is now avail- able on Walking Away A Winner Top 10 Hockey Parent Tips k USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager Dan Jablonic came up with a top 10 list for hockey parents: By Christie Casciano Burns 18 // OCTOBER 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM

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