Pillars of the Brotherhood
There are certain tenants of being a Musketeer that predicate both our collective and individual successes and failures. The brotherhood only thrives when all members of the team embrace the idea of a being a great teammate. Why these ideas? We believe you will never regret living by these tenants, and they will serve you well for the rest of your life. You need to be ready for life after college. The classroom is the top priority, but being part of this hockey team should also be a vital part of your development.
“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it."
1. ARE YOU COACHABLE?
Can you take coaching? Can you take criticism without looking for an alibi? Are you a know-it-all? Will you always do your best to improve?
2. ARE YOU POSSESSED WITH THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION, WHICH INSPIRES AN INTENSE DESIRE TO WIN?
Do you want to win with a passion? Never take no for an answer when there is a job to be done backchecking, forechecking, or a penalty to kill. Does it bother you to lose?
3. ARE YOU WILLING TO PRACTICE?
Not just reporting to practice and putting in the necessary time, but working every day with the same zeal, enthusiasm, and determination you use during the game. Do you have two speeds, a game speed and a practice speed? Great hockey players have one speed, which they use every time they step on the ice. If you do not give your best effort in practice, how can you in the game?
4. ARE YOU WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICES?
Conditioning is not fun, nor is it easy. Are you committed to getting yourself into the best shape possible to improve the team? This is difficult and will demand that you make responsible choices. If you do, your efforts will be rewarded. Winning is one of the greatest feelings you’ll ever experience, and to do so at this level it will take personal sacrifice. IT WILL BE WORTH IT!
5. DO YOU HAVE A DETERMINED DESIRE TO IMPROVE?
Are you willing to practice the things you do not do well longer than the things you can? Are you willing to put in the time concentrating on a skill until you perfect it? Are you prepared to diligently work at a skill you lack until it becomes your strongest asset? You will never improve by working a skill you already do well.
6. DO YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO THINK UNDER FIRE?
Can you concentrate on the work to be accomplished at the moment? Can you shut out your mind from previous failures, success, or penalties in order to give your undivided attention to the task at hand? Games are never won based on last night's score. Great hockey players bring their best effort to each and every game. Are you disciplined enough to give our team the best chance at victory?
7. ARE YOU WILLING TO BE IMPERSONAL TOWARDS YOUR OPPONENTS?
Do you have the self-discipline to give your best effort, regardless of who our opponent is on any given weekend? Can you block out past results, records, and rankings to compete at your highest level each game? Champions demonstrate their respect for themselves, their teammates, and opponents by giving their best effort in every game on the schedule.
8. DO YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR TEAM, AND YOUR COACHES?
Your college experience will be as good as you make it. The bonds and friendship you will develop as a member of this team will last a lifetime. Your coaches believe in you and are committed to helping you develop as a person and a hockey player.
9. ARE YOU COMMITTED TO YOUR ACADEMICS AS MUCH AS HOCKEY?
As a member of Xavier hockey team, you will develop the skills to separate yourself from your peers. However your degree from Xavier University is your main priority. Are you committed to being a great student as well as the best hockey player you can be? Life after school is going to demand you master time management. You need to be a great employee, husband, and father all at the same time. Being a great student and player will prepare you for what is to come in life after school.