marty, Author at MartyStrength

Overflowing Buckets – Which skills?

When USS coaches get together to discuss and design our programs we always start with “why”.  Why are we doing what we are doing? why are we using a specific group of drills?  Are we “overflowing buckets”?  But that’s the point!  When we ask ourselves why? We always come back to
There are different skills that hockey players need to work on including skating, edges, shooting, passing, stickhandling, and so on.  My Online Stickhandling obviously focuses on stickhandling.  When we break up the types of buckets players are filling in terms of stickhandling skill development we see two main options.
Option number one is the “tricks” bucket.  This bucket has a place in the skill development game. Players attempt tricks or “smoke and mirror” things in order to challenge themselves and sometimes to impress others.  Everyone has seen the Instagram or YouTube videos. This happens in every sport.  We are not saying this is a bad thing or that it should go away.  What we have noticed is that hockey players are spending way too much time on these types of skills.  The “tricks” bucket is overflowing.

Players, because they are so competitive and always looking for that edge will neglect the basics, the fundamental skill development.  The main reason for this is because the basics can be boring and at times easy. They are easy to do so we don’t do them.
The basic skill bucket is empty or near empty.  Jeff Olson, the author of the slight edge talks about this in his book “Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness”.

“Everything that you need to do to transform your life is easy To do.. Here’s the problem: every action that is easy to do, is also easy not to do”

We are bombarded with commercials and videos of some of the best hockey players in the world performing some of the craziest skills.  Here’s the problem.  Those videos are designed to sell us something, to get us to buy a product.  In reality, the best players in the world are continuously working on the basics.  They are masters of the fundamentals.  They don’t complain that they

are too easy or boring because they have performance experience showing the results of their continued hard work.
They are making sure to fill their buckets equally and if one is neglected they will make sure to dedicate time to fill it back up.

Easiest Way To Recovery

It seems that the simplest things are the easiest to forget. We live in a hectic over complicated world, continuously bombarded with ways to to improve ourselves, feel better, have more energy, and be happier. I am guilty of getting lost in the speed of everyday living. I get run down, drink more coffee than I should, spend to much time on my cell phone, and stay up late. I occasionally snap back into reality and try to fix all these things at once when really the easiest way to get back on track is something I do every night, SLEEP.
Sleep is an athlete’s number one tool when it comes to recovery.  How does sleep help you recover?  Here are a few reasons to get your beauty sleep:

  • Muscle Recovery
  • Hormonal Balance
  • Improved Mood
  • Improved Motivation