Posts by Michael Orlotti

Tryouts… Parents Are We Talking About Hockey Tryouts!

Tryout… Are We Talking About Tryouts! I figured this was a perfect time to write this article, since coaches, players, organizations and parents are getting ready for tryouts starting mid-April in the Toronto – GTA regions. Tryouts have always been a hot topic to discuss, because of the silly behaviours that go on during this…

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7 Traits For Successful Hockey Coaches

I think we can all agree that Coaching can be a very stressful and rewarding at the same time. As Coaches winning and losing outcomes can become all too consuming and this can cause a coach’s performance to be negatively affected by their inability to manage their stress reactions. Especially, when focusing on losing!  …

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When Your Player Loses Their Confidence

Confidence is one of the paramount tools a parent, coach, or teacher can teach a child. On the flip side, a person who lacks confidence will be hesitant to try new or challenging things because he or she is scared of failing and the feeling of disappointing others.   This can definitely confine them later…

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The Hockey Handshake

I thought this would be a great way to start HockeyNeeds’ first article for what we represent, the appreciation for this great game and most importantly, the message we want everyone in the Minor Hockey Communities to strive for – Hockey is a beautiful, Intellectual and most respected game in the world, which starts with…

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Who’s Your Coach!

Let’s face it, majority of the time it is a player’s dad who is coaching the team just like my son’s house league team. Parents are often thrown into the situation of coaching otherwise there would be no team, which again was the case of my son’s house league team. On the other hand, I…

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Triangle Formation – Balance Of Life

I think back to my playing and coaching days and I compare it to where I am at today as a father. It’s been 10 years since I was a head coach of team, now that I’m getting back into the hockey scene because my son is playing hockey, something still catches my attention.  …

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