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Goalies and skaters ask, 'how do I be a better teammate?' While I can provide guidance, the real experts are typically in the locker room with you. Whether there's someone specific in mind or your asking the question as a general how-to, the best source for answers is your team. Clear communication of needs and preferences can go a long way. Your teammates know or have a general idea about: -What they need from you, so they can perform in-game (i.e. execute on strategy) -What they need from you, so they can be prepared for a game (space and quiet, to talk and joke, someone to stick handle and pass with, a few reps of some type of shot, etc.) -How they prefer to communicate (in-game, after losses, getting feedback, discussing concerns) -Their personal needs after significant game events, like a loss, injury, bad shift, penalty, etc. -The dynamics and functioning of the team from their perspective and their role in it Your teammates might have an idea about all of the above-listed things specific to you, but don't know for certain. Open lines of communication make it easier for everyone on the team to get what they need to play their best, feel supported and like they're providing support, eliminate assumptions or latent frustrations created through a lack of communication, and enjoy the experience of adult league more overall. In having these conversations, be willing to enter them without judgement, objectively, and with a real interest in listening and executing. I hope this helps! By all means, shoot me topics to write about! Keep your stick on the ice, Mike Stacey Stacey and Associates Athletics www.staceyandassociatesathletics.com Twitter: @MikeatSandA Instagram: @S_and_A_Athletics