Pavel Barber’s Top 10 Hockey Training Tips: Part 2 of 2
5. Use slow-motion video capture: I can’t overstate how important slow-motion video capture is. I would have killed to have this technology on my phone as a kid. Slow motion picks up on things that we often overlook when we look at video in real time. It is a great tool to offer awareness in areas where we are often moving very quickly, especially in skills where we are working on a very small detail in a skill set we’re trying to attain.
4. Redefine failure: “Failure” is an awful word. In school, an “F” means we flunked, and we need to go to summer school. However, there is positive failure and negative failure. Positive failure is failure that we can learn from and build on. Where we listen, work hard, focus deeply and make a mistake, identify the area we made the mistake and address it. Then there is negative failure where we are either not listening or not focused, and we make a mistake. The issue here is we don’t get much, if any, feedback if the focus and effort isn’t there. A good way to look at positive failure is to redefine it in a way that contributes to development, such as saying, “I didn’t fail nine times out of 10. I found nine ways that didn’t work.”
3. Get out of your comfort zone: The only way to get better is to take our current abilities and push past them. It’s very easy to get caught staying in the comfort zone because it’s exactly that, comfortable! But comfort is the enemy when it comes to development. Identify your current level and push just to the edge of what you can already do. We don’t want to go too fast because we need to be able to process the information in order to get feedback from our failures and successes.
2. Focus: Be 100 percent in the present moment. This is a very difficult mental practice, but it is one of the greatest skill advantages you can give yourself. If you’re on the ice for an hour, don’t allow your mind to wander off and think about homework or Fortnite or anything else. Be in the moment and get a full hour of training in. Not 45 minutes. Not 30 minutes. But 60 minutes of focused practice.
1. Listen: It may sound simple, but those who listen and pay attention to the small details will get better faster. When a coach is trying to help you, they can only do that if you’re listening to them.
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— HockeyShot’s Stickhandling Specialist Pavel Barber
(Dec. 11, 2018)