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One of the most underrated groups of people that are involved in every season are the parents. Not only do they cheer on their own children, but they cheer on the entire team. For the Liberty Hockey Club that occurs in the fall, the team practices took place at 5:15 in the morning at Honnen Ice Arena. If the players were not old enough to drive, the dedicated parents brought their children.
Our hockey team is just beginning their 2018-2019 season– a journey which has a lot more than it entails. When watching a game, the fans are usually there to support the school or their family or friends. Those playing in the game however, have a completely different goal: to win.
The hockey team has a lot of little things that contribute to a season, or even in a simple game. For one, each individual person that is a part of the hockey team has important jobs and goals that they need to successfully complete for things to work smoothly. The coaches, players, captains, managers, and parents all have key roles. While most of them have differing jobs, they all come together to create one team.
For anyone to even be taught how to play and learn strategies on how to win, there must be a coach that is willing to devote much of their time to the sport. The Liberty Hockey Team’s current coach is Brian Straub, who has been a part of the coaching staff for eight years and head coach for four of these years. The assistant coaches include Mike Tabrum and Alex White. All the coaches mentioned above take numerous hours of time out of their day to better the team.
Parents must drive their kids all the way down to this arena before 5:15 every Monday and Tuesday morning. Mike Hensley, father of Mathew Hensley, a sophomore on the team, describes being a parent of an athlete as “very time consuming, yet very rewarding.” To be able to watch your own child score the winning goal, or block an awesome save is quite a great feeling.
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Showing up to practices, skating onto the ice, bringing everything they have built up to successfully play one game. People screaming, heart beating, the other team giving dirty looks. All of this and more go into being a hockey player. The hockey team this year will consist of three goalies, and nearly another 25 players. Getting to know each other is a crucial part about being a team. In other words, they all know something about each other that another person may not know. Ryan Wooten, a senior and player on the team noted that “we are a family and we look out for each other… these kinds of bonds are important to build teamwork and confidence in the classroom, and on the ice. Every player on the team is willing to do anything for a teammate.” This special bond that is created between the players weaves together not only a team, but a whole family.
Mangers, although not always thought of have a key role in the team as well. Seeing as their main jobs include bringing water, the medical bag, and the hockey pucks to every practice and game, they provide many things to help the players achieve success. In addition to these, they try to assist everyone on the team and get anything and everything that the players and coaches need. Last year, Kaeleigh Newton was one of the managers who completed all these tasks and more. “It gave me three years to show that being a manager is more than filling up a water bottle here and there, it’s about taking care of everybody on the team” explained Kaeleigh. On the outside, it seems as through the managers have such an easy laid-back job, but there is so much more.
Every sports team always has more to it than the eye can see. Whether it is found in relationships between each other, or everything that leads up to a single game, many things happen behind the scenes for everything to come into play.