Nobody loves to live with 'hockey stink' from damp gear that has been left in a bag overnight. Consider creating a ritual with your player so they take responsibility for caring for their gear. It's time!
Your child may be being left out of the team whether that is in on-ice or off-ice activities. It's not fun for them when this happens especially if they feel as though it has something to do with them. Here are three ways to support them if this IS happening.
Habits and rituals can provide a feeling of fun and community. They can also be based on fear and have negative impacts on your sons game. Where is your child sitting in regards the habits and rituals he is forming around his game?
Children are fearless until we teach them otherwise. For your child to be a good defenseman they must first learn to be fearless on the ice and to skate.