“Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.” ~ Socrates (Greek Philosopher 399 B.C.)
How are kids different today than when we were children. Soft? Lazy? Entitled? Based on the quote above, they probably haven’t changed much. Obviously not all kids are the same, but in general they want to be challenged, develop them and be pushed to the best of their potential. Then why are so many young players struggling to develop as leaders?
Parents have in fact changed, they are so involved now. Kids are now almost over structured, and that’s why kids are not as accountable, because the parents keep picking up all their kids loose ends. A quote by a kid once was. “I wish my mom and dad had a different hobby other than me.”
Kids need to learn how to be a leader, it’s takes bumps and bruises.
Often times players want to be good captains or leaders but simply don't know how. They don't think in terms of communication, or team first. They don't understand the qualities of leader, this course helps break down those qualities and gives the player a plan.
At the end there is a check list that every leader/captain should ask them selves before practice or games.
Now is the time to start developing as a leader. You can't be selected as team captain, the act like it. If you get the privilege of being a captain of a team you've been leading that team already.
Being a Leader and a Captain can be the key to your teams success! Make sure you are leading in a positive way. Develop these Qualities of Leader now!
Coach McIntosh is the Head Hockey Instructor at Complete Hockey Player. He has coach a variety of levels and ages all over the world. By taking the 4 pillars of a hockey player he has created lessons to develop a players skills, athleticism, intangibles and their game knowledge.