The Essential Off-Season Checklist for Players

Walter Aguilar

Walter Aguilar – is a Certified Professional Coach and COR.E Performance Dynamics Specialist. Using the mind/energy connection to performance, he teaches a unique approach to peak performance. He specializes in teaching mindfulness for hockey using the COR.E Performance Dynamics energy leadership system. This is based on the 7 levels of energy that thoughts create. These affect awareness, confidence, engagement, creativity and intuition. His equation of Performance = Potential – Interference, provides a framework for success in hockey and life.

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The spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and social well-being of players needs to be a priority in the off-season. 
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“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity.”

-Ecclesiastes 3:1

Hockey season is an amazing time of the year. However, all seasons ultimately end to allow a new season to emerge. The off-season can be amazing time of healing, refreshing, and retooling for a hockey player. Since true success is when preparation meets opportunity, having an off-season checklist of activities to engage in is beneficial and wise. The hockey season requires much of a player’s energy and focus, so it can easily cause them to become unbalanced in their personal growth. The demands of such an outcome focused sport can become all consuming for both players and those on their success posse (parents, coaches, etc.). Understanding that although hockey may be important, the spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and social well-being of players needs to be a priority, especially in the off-season. 

The following is a checklist created to support players and allow them to prepare themselves to come back next season inspired to perform at their best. Whether you’re a coach, player, parent, guardian, or you simply know a player who needs a reset this off-season, please share this checklist with them!

The 10 essential things to do in the off-season are:

The spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and social well-being of players needs to be a priority in the off-season . . .

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