Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hockey Tryout Results

Ok, I didn't make Red. I'm ok with that. I totally get that I need more work on my skills, my skating, and my game. However, it doesn't mean that it doesn't hurt emotionally any less. Rejection sucks even if it's warranted.

On the upside, congratulations to my buddies who made it! I don't want to post their names, so that they can share their joy with you themselves. I am truly happy for them though.

The first green practice is tonight, but unfortunately I will have to miss it. Hopefully it's the only one I have to miss this season.

Skate on my friends.


At 28 March, 2006 06:57, Blogger Jennie said...

Oh Susan, I'm so sorry. It is hard to give your very best and get rejected.

I look forward to making Red with you this fall. :) Sorry I won't see you tonight.

At 28 March, 2006 07:38, Blogger heather said...

yeah that's right! think of how much you guys are going to rule Red when you make it in next time! these next few months are just more time to increase your skills. and increase them you will. :-)

At 28 March, 2006 12:48, Blogger carolyn said...

I have no useful words of wisdom about red versus green, but I can say that I'm super-excited to skate with you this season! Yayayay! So...maybe that can be a teensy upside? :D

At 28 March, 2006 13:02, Blogger snarfdog said...

Carolyn, that's a great upside. I actually mentioned that to Andrea last night when I found out. I'm actually excited now. I just had to host my own little pity party for a short while last night. Why? I don't know.

Heather, thanks so much for the words of encouragement.

Jennie, I'm glad to be skating with you and Tiffani, and the rest again. Woo hoo!

At 28 March, 2006 13:07, Anonymous Shadow said...

Sorry to hear the news Susan...I know the feeling and still remember it from many years ago.

Now special super-duper-ultra-not so-secret-secrets from a former sub ho...

Make sure every Red Captain has your name and number, drop them and the div. coordinator a note when you get a chance offering your hockey services. And if you can pull it off, bring your gear to red games and offer to fill in...especially at fremont. It works. And let your red new and old that you want to sub so they bring up your name often...I'll mention it to Ju too.

Hang in there!

At 28 March, 2006 14:18, Blogger Liz said...

When I first joined the league, I tried out for Red and was denied. The heartache was so great, but it also made me VERY determined to improve. So I worked my ass off and the next season, when I did move up, it was one of the greatest triumphs ever.

I bet you'll get that same triumph in the fall.

At 28 March, 2006 23:15, Blogger heather said...

susan i created the flag FlagRedTriumphEnabled for you. please use at your discretion.

At 29 March, 2006 10:20, Blogger wen said...

susan--i think a wee pity party is always in order. :) no use pretending that it was fun not to move up, you know?

that said, i believe there will be some upsides for you.

i haven't had the same experience in hockey, but i have had it elsewhere. one thing that i have learned through dancing is that there are always things to work on, and that having extra time to make one's base skills rock solid can be a blessing. it means once they are there, you will add to a strong foundation.

plus, if it's anything like competitive dance, the new players need experienced, good people to help them learn the ropes, and to look up to *within* their division. i find that as i help out the folks who are less experienced than i am, my skills really improve, because i am breaking things down for them, and showing them stuff, and in the process, i must be very clear on what the skills needed are, and i must be able to demonstrate them accurately.

also, tryouts (like a dance comp) are a snapshot. they show a bit of your skills on one particular day. it's an indication of how you play on a couple hours of sleep after a big weekend, not who you are as a hockey player, and certainly not of your future potential.

Go Green!


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