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YOU’VE JUST WASTED ANOTHER YEAR OF YOUTH SPORTS. HERE’S WHY.

What was so memorable about last season? How about the season before? Will you still remember these moments in 20 years?

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When you reflect on your days in minor sports, what do you remember most? Is it the wins or losses, the scores, the travel to away games or the home game experience? I think for most of us it’s the extraordinary experiences that occurred around the game and the people we met; not necessarily the game itself.

I DO RECALL

I played minor hockey, baseball, soccer and volleyball. 30+ years later, I have one memory that stands out from all the rest; it’s a hockey trip our parents organized to Sweden and Denmark. I couldn’t tell you the game scores or particular shifts during that trip; however, I do recall the experience of walking through new cities, experiencing new culture, foods, language, etc.

Other memorable events were certain tournaments we attended. Again, I couldn’t tell you much about the actual games but the memories are more about the hotels (was there a pool or games room?), the restaurants, foreign teams, etc.

Championships are definitely memorable but these are least in our control and only a handful of teams get to experience that thrill at the end of a season.

HERE’S WHAT REALLY MATTERS

The lesson I learned is that life is about making memorable experiences. Shake up the mundane and make experiences happen. It’s really that simple!

You don’t need permission to step outside of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. You just need the will and the effort and it starts with a conscious decision that the status quo will not be accepted anymore. Break away from the annual routines and do something different!

Making memories; isn’t that what life is really all about?

MAKE A CHANGE

What experiences are you presenting to your child? Is it the same old, same old or are you creating an environment of mind-expansiveness? In sports, what opportunities are you exposing your child to learning, growing or thriving in?

The past has gone. The time to change the future for your child is now.

  • Adam Bennett is a coach & mentor for student/athletes at International Hockey Academy Florida in Clearwater, FL.

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