Today's tip: Being a positive team mate.
When you are on the field with a team mate, at a practice, or at a
tournament, practice the life long lessons: be encouraging. If a team
mate screws up: little secret: they probably know it. Encourage your
team mate. I don't know if you saw the 'white team's' high five and
positive reinforcement line in goaltimate today, but it helps. Support
your team mates at all time. It will make them play better. Then we
will win more.
A team sport carries the huge burden of letting
others down when you screw up. If we make a mistake, we have to live
with our own mistake, but also the heavier burden of letting our team
mates down. You will be a better player and better team mate if you
give a little energy to picking your team mates up. It is a good habit,
and it will win us a game one day.
Along the same line: Don't
bash on other teams. Yes, if they make a bad call, calmly ask them to
explain their call. If you talk to them calmly, rationally, you have a
chance of getting them to take it back. If you yell, forget about it.
If you talk a ton of smack, you'll probably just get them angry.
Sometimes this works. Probably not. We don't do this.
allow you a little leeway here. We need more competitive scrimmages.
Exhort (urge, advise) your scrimmage team mates to pick it up at
practice. Always play games to get better, and then win. By all means,
pick an opponent (abillity-buddy) and bet them this: +1 for a goal, +1
for an assist, +1 for a 'd', -1 for a turnover. The loser runs sprints.
Or your each run 10 sprints for each -1 at the end of the day.
Whatever. Push yourselves to get better. While lifting each other up.
But when in doubt, be nice. And then win the game.