The holiday season is a time of generosity. We get gifts for our loved ones and plan extravagant meals. We may do a little something extra for our neighbors, mail delivery person, and other people who make our lives better. This year, though, demonstrating our generosity is a bit more challenging, but you can still show the world this valuable and much-needed trait. Here are five of the best and free ways to give back this holiday season.

1. Start at Home

Everything is centered around your home this year, and the holiday season is a great time to go above and beyond. Rather…

Every parent and coach knows the basics of tough love. Pushing kids hard, setting expectations and giving them natural consequences can bring out the best in kids and help them grow into successful adults. Unfortunately, pushing kids too hard can have the opposite effect of creating burned out and resentful children. Walking the fine line of high expectations and understanding is essential when working with kids.

Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes

Medical professionals have noticed some startling trends in young athletes in recent years. Children used to play multiple sports, depending on the season, giving them all-over muscle strength and…

With talk of a second wave imminent and social distancing regulations back at the forefront, COVID seems to have put a damper on most sports for the 2020 season.

Many professional leagues have already announced modifications to their upcoming plans for the 2020 season, while colleges across the country (and the world) have begun outright canceling or drastically shortening seasons a la major league baseball.

The governing bodies, however, of many youth sports are not so in sync. …

In what feels like the midst of one of the more strange, tense, heartbreaking and terrifying years in memory, we’ve seen many communities rally together to stand up and stand together.

Supporting the local community is something that I’ve been passionate about for some time — at A & T Roofing and Construction , we have made it a point in the past to donate our time and money, and usually a few around the holidays to the less fortunate. But not everyone — particularly during a large scale financial crisis — is always in a position to simply sign…

For most people, a prolonged quarantine is an opportunity to do some self reflection. And despite the fact that I been working — I count myself among the ranks of the people around this country who are fortunate enough right now to remain employed — reflection has occurred nonetheless.

I’ve been playing hockey since I was about five years old — and I’ve been coaching since not long after that. Along the way, I’ve been on both sides of a ton of learning — not just the game itself, but learning both how to a better player and how to…

As you are absolutely aware by now, the COVID-19 crisis has swept the globe and caused a deviation from normalcy that we haven’t seen in this country in most of our lifetimes. Businesses are shuttering their doors — some potentially permanently — as many are struggling to adapt to a crisis that has extended beyond healthcare and into economic and political turmoil.

Times like this feel daunting, in more ways than one. Not only are many worried about their own health and that of their family and friends, but for job security and safety for their entire community. …

As the weeks of isolation wear on and the timeline for the end of this seems nebulous at best, routine has, for many, fallen by the wayside.

Millions have been laid off and millions more have seen their childrens’ schools close, daycares shuttered and activities canceled. As we continue to attempt to adapt to our new (albeit temporary) way of life, many are searching for ways to remain active and “normal” in any way possible.

While practices, tournament and games around the world are being postponed or canceled (read: virtually every major sporting organization around the globe) it can be…

Just ask Hue Jackson or Dave Hakstol, they’ll both be quick to tell you that coaching isn’t an easy job at the professional level. Even some of the most polished, professional and talented athletes on the planet, regardless of the sport they play, can present coaching challenges and make a coach’s life difficult.

As you might imagine, coaching kids isn’t a whole lot easier. In fact, it can be a lot tougher (in my personal opinion). …

In my previous blog post I gave an outline of community involvement and why it has the potential to have a huge impact on you and the community around you. It wasn’t a ground-breaking idea, nor was it an idea that many people would reject — most would agree with the notion that your community matters, and an improved community means improved life for those in it.

But regardless of how many people agree, there still exists a huge gap in between persuasion — that is, getting those around you to agree that something needs to be done — and…

Naturally, when you start a hockey and hockey coaching-centric blog, it makes a lot of sense to start broad and narrow down a bit as you go. So I figured a good starting point for my blog would be some hockey coaching 101, tips for people who haven’t coached but are considering giving it a go when it comes time for the kids’ sign ups next year.

For some background, in case you missed it on my , I’ve been playing hockey since I was about 5 years old — just as long as I’ve known how to skate. …

Adam Fincik

Based in Pittsburgh, Adam Fincik is the Co-Owner of A&T Roofing and Construction and a youth hockey coach. Learn more @ https://www.adamfincik.org

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