Part of the catalogue of assessment products
  • HOCKEY GPS can be used to identify mental toughness.
  • SOCCER Do you have the personality profile to not crumble under pressure?
  • FOOTBALL Tired of your team losing on a last second field goal?
  • BASKETBALL The GPS can help you bounce back from a few missed shots.
  • BASEBALL GPS helps you assess beyond the physical aspect of your athletes.
  • INDIVIDUAL The only thing standing between you and the podium is yourself.
  • TEAM Learn what the personality profile of your team is so you can finally make it work!

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Athlete

The mental aspects and personality characteristics of a hockey player are as important as their physical abilities and talent. We have all been witness to athletes who may be the fastest, strongest and possess the most natural-given talent, yet are never able to perform at that elite level. Athletes with good personal characteristics have that extra element that helps them achieve those peak performances.
Perceptual speed:
The amount of time a hockey player is on the ice for only one shift is approximately of 50 seconds. Being able to make that right decision within a limited space and in a short amount of time is crucial in order to be successful in this game. The perceptual speed exercise within the GPS is one of the ways in which to assess this vital component.
Problem Solving skills:
A player’s problem-solving skills are linked to the ability to understand the team’s complex plays and schemes as well as anticipate the game as it unfolds. The greater a player’s skills in this area, the more likely he/she will be able to make the right decision and be in the right place a required. As Wayne Gretzky once said, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”
Motivation Factors:
While talent and physical abilities play a crucial role in the success of a hockey player, the ability to be motivated to perform at an elite level during the course of a long hockey season is what separates elite players from average ones. There are different motivational factors that can affect your performance as an athlete and the GPS can help identify which ones motivate you.
Personal Factors:
It’s important to know what kind of attitude you need as a person to become the best you can be as a player. Jacques Plante, one of the greatest goalies of his time said: “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?”1 To become a goalie, you can’t attribute every goal as it was your fault. Furthermore, you need to have a great amount of confidence so you can remain in the game and be able to perform. The nine (9) elements evaluated by the GPS in regards to the personal factors will help you map out your sports personality.

Coaching Staff

As a hockey coach, you are constantly under pressure to win. Finding ways to accomplish this goal might be difficult since you must bring together athlete’s with different skills, motivations and personalities to work as one.

It’s important to educate your athletes on the schemes and systems; however it is important to know the level of complexity your team will be able to understand. Results obtained from the GPS concerning Problem Solving Skills will help you determine your players’ ability to problem-solve and identify which players may need more support in order to fully comprehend your system.

Being able to motivate your athletes is a quality every coach must possess. In order to do so, you must understand the different motivational factors that exist, which ones will most likely affect each player and which ones will help yield the best results with a particular athlete. The results found in the GPS can help you determine which elements will also motivate your team as a unit in order to succeed. The decision of putting the right players on the ice during the crucial last minutes of a game can be stressful. Knowing which of your players has an extremely high stress tolerance and concentration level can help you make that important decision when the game is on the line.

Athlete Support

Whether you are a trainer, sports therapist or a fitness specialist, the key to your success is being able to motivate your athlete to follow your program and get the best out of them during the time you are with him/her. In order to do so, it is important to understand what motivates the athlete or what personality traits they possess so you that can adjust the manner in which you approach them. As part of an athlete’s support network, your usefulness lies in your ability to play a key role in a player’s success, not only on the ice, but off it as well. Explore how the GPS will help bring that extra value added to your clients.

Professional Teams

As a team owner or executive, you want to see your team in the finals because of the pride you have in your franchise and the financial benefits which allows you to invest whatever is required to improve your team. With average pay of professional athletes in hockey constantly on the rise, why should a team not use a tool that can be used by coaches, scouts and managers to help select players that are a perfect fit for the team? Choosing the wrong player can impact your team but also become a financial burden.

The GPS can provide organizations with information on players’ motivational factors, problem-solving skills, personal factors and perceptual speed. Armed with this additional knowledge of your players’ personalities, your organization will be in a better position to identify the best way to lead your team and to identify areas for improvement.

Scouts

Scouts often go through a very difficult decision process when selecting new players. There exist hundreds of good hockey players in a given draft but the complicated part is distinguishing between players who have similar talent levels. Consequently, scouts then focus on which player will fit best within the organization. One of those differences might reside in their personal characteristics. In a short period of time, the GPS will help scouts understand a particular hockey player’s sports personality profile. Some players may have a high level of confidence and team spirit while another might have high stress tolerance and great coachability traits. In the end, it all comes down to the player who will be the best fit for organization.
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