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Tryout "Jitters"

For many of us pre-game & tryout nervousness is something we experience regularly, Just what can we do to take this stressful time, turn it around & make it a more enjoyable experience? Well, here is one thing we can work on to minimize & reduce nervousness or getting "rattled" and that is controlled breathing.

So just how can we control our breathing? Well, it is simple really and the more your practice, the better you will become at relaxing. You can do this at most any time, when you are in the dressing room before the ice session, sitting on the bench or even on the ice waiting your turn in the net. And here is how: sit or stand up straight and breath in deeply (use a slow count of 10) through your nose and down into your stomach (not your chest). Now breath out slowly through your mouth (again use a count of 10) until you empty all the air out.

Repeat this several times until you feel your body relax (it really works) Do this as often as you like and whenever you feel necessary. Try to think only about what you are doing (breathing). The neat thing about this is that no one will ever know what you are doing.

Another thing you need to be aware of is to maintain your focus at those critical ice times throughout the days & weeks of the whole tryout process or games. Concentrate hard, and don't get distracted by what is going on around you.

And, last, don't be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes happen and you can't change what has already happened


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