On the Skin, Iholla; Love the Sport

On more year, I will train and play one more year, with Inline Hockey Team Finland. This time I write in both languages, English and Finnish

I simply love sports: playing, training, coaching, everything about it. Training hard…. but what if it is really that last ”one more year” ? I`ve loved sport for as long as I can remember. My father created funny games with me and my little brother &sister. We learned how to love sports. We practiced running, jumping and had little competitions etc and the main thing was to have fun with each others.

When I was younger I did Athletics and I was quite older I started playing Ice Hockey. I also played Inline Hockey, rinkball and soccer, just for fun. I coached couple of different boys ice hockey teams and I think my enthusiasm for coaching started because I love helping others. I have coached ice hockey and ringette now for 20 years.

Nowadays I play ice hockey and soccer in a amateur leagua but still have “one more year” in Inline Hockey Team and the World Championships in Italy June 2016.

Few weeks ago on our training camp, before the Italy, I really started think about all this. Again the camp was great and we had fun.  During this I have had to start adapting the fact that this is my final year a player. This is really first year that I think that how I feel when I don’t play/not training that hard anymore. Of course I have great teams in amateur league with having fun with. But I love competitions and training hard, love playing inline hockey.  I am 41 years old and youngest player in our team is 27 years younger. Our middle age is under 30, so its my time to step away. I have played inline hockey for 15-20 years so it is definitely an end of an era in my life. So that last month before the Italy will be same time great with a big attitude and emotional preparation for the future. I will do my best getting ready, physically and mentally.

What the playing has given me? Friends, attitude, work, great experiences, trips, successes, disappointments, role models, awesome encounters etc.

And what I will miss the most? Team spirit in the locker room, laughing, hard work, the atmosphere as I dress up the Jerseys… thing that are impossible to describe. Coaching gives you different feelings. As a coach you want to create to players those feelings and moments that you know that they can remember.

I love the game and the trip that it has given me. Both my children will be there at the tournament which means a lot to me. So one door closes and another opens…. It is time to move forward.

But…One more time!

Miksi suomeksi ja englanniksi? Matka on käynnissä ja muutos alkanut. Englanniksi on pohjustus ja suomeksi sisäistäminen.

Kyse ei ole niinkään jostain lajista vaan muutoksesta, siitä mitä ikä tuo tullessaan, joistakin rakkaista asioista täytyy luopua tai ne eivät ainakaan enää mene ihan samalla tavalla kuin aiemmin.

Into urheiluun syntyi jo lapsuudessa, kun isäni keksi mitä innostavia ja kannustavimpia tapoja liikkua ja kisailla, urheilu oli hauskaa. Yleisurheilun rinnalla, hyvin vanhana kylläkin, löysin jääkiekon. Pelasin ja innostuin myös valmentamaan muutamaa ikäryhmää pojissa sekä opiskelemaan valmennusta. Lapset sain myös aika nuorena, mutta aina löysin itseni takaisin kentiltä.

Rakastan harjoitella kovaa, en mitä vaan, mutta asioita varten joihin sytyn. Välillä paikat ovat niin kipeät etten pysty kävelemään. Rakastan myös harrastepelaamista, mutta se on erilaista. Pidän tunteesta, että haastan itseäni.

Viime viikonloppuna leirillä tajusin, etten ole koskaan oikeasti miettinyt kuinka kauan voin jatkaa pelaamalla jotain lajia, tässä tapauksessa rullakiekkoa, tällä tavoin. Milloin on aika siirtyä sivuun. Heräsin, että tämä kesä on todennäköisesti viimeinen kerta tässä roolissa. Olimme jo aiemmin miettineet, että lapset lähtevät mukaan matkalle, nyt senkin merkitys nousi vielä korkeammalle. He ovat eläneet koko ikänsä tottuen äitinsä touhuamiseen, on hienoa, että he ovat mukana myös tässä hetkessä.

Mietin asioita mitä tulen kaipaamaan koppielämästä ja mitä olen tältä matkalta saanut. Kaikki loistavia kokemuksia, joitakin asioita tekisin toisin, jos olisin tiennyt, mutta mahtavia asioita ja ystäviä, komeuksia roppakaupalla.

Urheilu jää arkeen näissä muissa muodoissa valmennuksen ja pelailujen kautta.

Kesäkuun kisat ovat kulman takana, teen asioita täysillä ja nautin matkasta. Harmittaa, että kauden työkiireiden takia harjoittelu vähäisempää kuin oli ajatellut, mutta siihen ei voi vaikuttaa, tähän tekemiseen voin. One more time, vielä kerran… rakkaudesta urheiluun.

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Coaching as a Profession

I have now received a second season to be more involved in professional coaching, most men’s ice hockey, but also in other sports. I am truly humbled and grateful for the opportunity, at the same time seeking to help others learn more about themselves. This period has also had the opportunity to interview various sports leaders about coaching, management, sports in general. I will come back to these better in other writings.

 

Sports magazine 8/2015 Kupila part of writing a supplier about attitude. The attitude has also had a couple of these in the current period faithfully with and I can proudly say that every coach with whom I worked in the project, it is a fine attitude included. Everyone has had the humility and the desire to become better Coach.

 

Peliittojen Head Coach Lauri Merikivi to do has been a pleasure to watch and comprehensive attention as well as the individual’s overall development front. In the same way the first season was great to TPS Head Coach Kai Suikkanen and Coach Riku-Petteri Lehtonen experience and co-operation in daily everyday life, even though there is a lot of experience, but also the humility and the desire to improve found there too. Last season’s Jokipoikien Head Coach and this season TPS organization affected by Mikko Haapakoski is a key responsibility of the individual development of the player’s own making. During the period 2013-2014 Peliitat Head Coach and now Coaching Sport organization, Petri Karjalainen, major doctrines of the charismatic speaking and encouraging both players received positive feedback from her attention paid to individual athlete’s everyday life. All experiences have been great, at our own idea of ​​the world-expanding experiences.

Peliitat, kuva:Kiia Aha

Peliitat, one of Januarys game. Picture: Kiia Aha

 

One most everyday wretchedness has opened Karpat U17 team working and co-operation team Head Coach Ari Näykin with. Continuous balancing sport, education, travel and recovery with competitive sports has been thinking about the whole completely different way. If for some co-operation of the team is really proud of these young people as a gentleman. Näykin supportive team, and at the same time the athlete’s educational path coaching style, incentive demanding, making a steeped in experience.

 

In November, when I walked into the “new species” of the world so it was a pleasure to see the same attitude to be there as well. It has been great to follow Basketball League Men’s team, Helsinki Seagulls Head Coach Mikko Larkas and Floorball team SSV U20 Head Coach Marko Vaittinen doing the coaching. All of these months have confirmed that the type of breaking the boundaries and learning from each other is really profitable and co-operation is certainly a growing resource in the future.

 

Throughout this done until now paved the journey has already proved, we have an extremely fine players and coaches in sport, the results of their actions appear in a few seasons to get to, but the athlete-oriented and long-term contract that can make a sooner and later, after a busy player at the expense of ignoring as they have done.

 

The season is still in progress and the journey continues, join in and follow the stories end.

Kissa Leijona

Humility and a desire to grow leaves each of oneself.

 

Do you stop on the junction?

Tittidii, warm up in car… my seat have heat on, music is loud and big smile on my face.

It is that feeling that you can put your own jersey on and to feed on fruits. Or may I just feel like to feed on fruits, it`s maybe look more like ”elefant on  class shop”.

What chance inside the helmet when it is your own turn to go ice?

That same feeling what I have long time ago when I played, but this hobbies time – more relax.

Laughing a lot and I am that same funny person that I was when I was younger.

Team is full of great ”old” players (couple of olympic medal player too ) and we don`t have a coach. Everyones ”diesels”start to work them own times and shift goes like old times… there maybe some reason that we don`t play long shifts at time.

Joy of sport, the game is full of that.

It is so great to hear how everyone are. Sometimes I find out that I think that ”yes, this kind of person I was” when all those duty things and hurry not present.

Where we sometimes lost about joy of doing? Do we do things just because we are facing a situation or could we chance step by brands to way that we want. Regardless of whether it is a hobby or something mundane matter.

Is it easier to do that normal daily thing than  a stop intersection.

If you stop, you can choose do you want chance something. If you don`t, great. If you do, great. There is no right answer, but after stoping you know. You don`t just walk because everyone else is walking too.

I hope that you can find from your daily life feeling that  you find out your own ”funny and great” daily and moments. For me it is much more different things that just game, but about telling that game it is easiest out.

I wish you so great week with little daily funnies things <3

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Old Karhu-Kissojen team members, we played and have same kind Jersey on already many years ago . On pic Tuire Havia (left), Merita Bruun, Katja Pasanen, Senna Nokkosmäki, Anu Tikkanen ja Paula Sjöblom (front ).