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. BE COACHABLE
Take feedback from your coaches and the criticism that comes with it without looking for an alibi. Possess a willingness to apply what you are being taught and give an honest effort to own the areas you need to improve upon.
2. POSSES A SPIRIT OF COMPETITION THAT INSPIRES AN INTENSE DESIRE TO WIN.
Have a passion for wanting to win and investment that the outcome matters. Demonstrate an effort level that shows a willingness and a desire to everything within your control to help your team win the game.
3. PRACTICE LIKE YOU PLAY IN THE GAME
Don't just report to practice and put in the necessary time, but work every day with the same zeal, enthusiasm, and determination you use during the game. There should be one effort level with no distinction between a game or practice. Great hockey players have one speed, which they use every time they step on the ice.
4. MAKE SACRIFICES
Conditioning is not fun, nor is it easy. Commit 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. HAVE A DETERMINED DESIRE TO IMPROVE
Practice the things you do not do well longer than the things you can. Put in the time concentrating on a skill until you perfect it. You will never realize your full potential by only working a skill you already do well.
6. HAVE THE ABILITY TO THINK UNDER FIRE
Concentrate on the work to be accomplished at the moment. 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.
7. BE IMPERSONAL TOWARDS YOUR OPPONENTS
Have the self-discipline to give your best effort, regardless of who our opponent is on any given weekend. 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. 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. COMMIT 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. Be 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.