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A BLUR. FRENETIC. Non-stop hustle. No, this isn't an odd-man rush or breakaway goal, these are the feelings of being a first-year college hockey player. Just ask St. Michaels College alternate captain Krista Ferrari. "I have numerous memories of staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning, studying for exams, or writing papers," she says. "I would drag myself out of my warm bed to face the cold Vermont air and trudge to my early morning lectures. I was exhausted and overwhelmed." That's not a surprise. W e d i d t h e m a t h . O n average, the weekly time commitment for college hockey is 35 hours; the weekly academic work- load is 39 hours. T h a t i s b a s i c a l l y t w o full-time jobs to skate at the collegiate level. M y o w n d a u g h t e r , Sophia Burns, is now find- ing that out first hand, as she has joined Krista on St. Michael's Div. I wom- en's hockey team. K r i s t a , a j u n i o r, a n d Sophia, a freshman, are relying on the discipline they developed early on as youth hockey players to succeed at the next level. Krista uses a planner — as she did in high school — to record important dates such as practices, weight- lifting sessions and game days. A daily "to-do" list is another must, and she holds herself accountable for checking off each and every item. S o p h i a a l s o d i s c o v - ered, just like high school, c o l l e g e p r o f e s s o r s a r e approachable. "They're often more understanding than you think," she says. "Don't be afraid to talk to them when you feel stressed about workload." Sophia had the added benefit of a disciplined big brother who shared his hockey/school game plan for managing time and maintaining good grades as an athlete. Stressful though it may be, Krista tries to relish this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "Hockey is something that I am blessed to be a part of," she says. "And I am going to cherish every moment." "Remembering why I play— and how much it means to me to play at the collegiate level—eases my mind," Sophia adds. "It reminds me that the extra work is 100 percent worth it." It's stressful for parents, too. Hopefully with struc- ture, discipline, commitment and good organizational skills, we'll not only be proud to see our kid's names on the back of a jersey, but also on the honor roll. P 14 // MARCH 2020 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM ILLUSTRATION BY Darren Gygi BEH I N D T HE G L A SS THE HOCKEY MOM By Christie Casciano Burns LANAE FALLS Age: 39 Junction City, Ore. Lanae Falls didn't get involved in hockey until her son started playing, but she knows how to set him and other kids up for suc- cess on the ice. Falls works as an off- ice coach with the Lane Amateur Hockey Association in Eugene, Ore. In order to provide the best help possible, she obtained her per- sonal training cer- tificate and became proficient in teach- ing young players. Her training improves coordina- tion, agility and ankle strength, to name a few. She's seen the payoff at LAHA, and so have her fellow coaches. "When an on-ice coach comes and says 'Hey, I've really been noticing an improvement in these kids,' that makes me feel great and know this is actually work- ing," she says. Falls is the only coach who works with every player in LAHA, and it's a responsibility that she takes seriously. "Off-ice training is so beneficial to being successful," she says. "To have an impact on these kids' games is an incredible thing, and I just fell in love with it." COACH OF THE MONTH Some keys to academic- athletic victory include: • Stay organized • Keep a planner (Nothing is more satisfying than crossing things off a list.) • Communicate with your teachers (Let them know when it's hockey season, and always ask to be kept informed of opportuni- ties for extra credit.) • Take advantage of downtime (Maximize your study halls if you have them. Look for opportunities to get work done, like arriving a few minutes early to class.) • Don't be afraid to say, "No" (If you're going to make this crazy balancing act work in-season, you have to make sacrifices.) Time Management A Must For Every Student-Athlete

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