Gail Keith

Parent  /  Pineville Falcons

Dave Mason

It’s no secret that we love feedback.

That’s why we love hearing from people like Gail Keith, whose 11-year-old son Casey is in his third year of travel hockey with the Pineville Falcons, based in Pineville, North Carolina. Gail was kind enough to share some thoughts about youth hockey, and about the PowerPlayer feedback she and Casey are receiving from his coaches.

Can you give us a sense of your hockey experience so far?
My son Casey is my first and only hockey player, and living in the south, hockey is not a common sport, so we’re really learning as we go!

The Pineville organization is all about team building, encouragement, and providing the local youth hockey players with a constructive, skilled-based, positive environment. Finding a great place where we fit in has been a bit of an eye-opening experience, because what matters most to us is that our son is having fun and that he’s improving. His smile is everything to us.

Your son’s club has adopted PowerPlayer as a feedback platform. What does that mean to you as a parent?
Well, we thought we couldn’t ask for anything more, but then the club really out-did themselves by adding PowerPlayer. We’re extremely excited that Pineville Ice House is implementing this. To me it really proves that they have the players’ best interests at heart.

Having great coaches that understand the big picture is always a plus, but having PowerPlayer and Pineville’s coaches working together is an experience we’re excited to be on board with. We love what PowerPlayer is providing for our son. He looks at his results and is self-motivated to improve. He enjoys seeing the feedback and the way it’s all presented, so it’s a really valuable tool for him.

Picking up on that, what do you think PowerPlayer does for Casey as a player, and for you as a parent?
Parents or coaches who yell or try to force kids to work hard are not encouraging but trying to force a behavior. You can’t make someone self-motivated, and improvement only comes from the desire to do so. I think PowerPlayer gives players fuel that ignites them in that way so parents and coaches don’t even have to try to.

So I love the feedback PowerPlayer allows Casey to see.

Our son strives so much harder because he wants to do well and ‘seeing it’ makes all the difference. Your system has also helped me understand about letting go. We as parents don’t have to tell him anything, and that keeps us out of the growth process and really allows him to achieve on his own. It’s a win-win for us and him. He’s at the perfect age for this system, learning his own responsibilities, both to himself and to his teammates.

Any further thoughts?
Kids want to know ‘why,’ so when you have great coaches who explain the ‘why’ of things and provide feedback this way, it’s a whole other hockey game for both players and parents — we can see the improvement along with his excitement for the game.

So I’m looking forward to seeing how Casey improves this year, and to a fantastic year of growth, self determination, and reflection. Isn’t that what youth sports should be about anyway? Wins and losses don’t matter when your child is improving and enjoying the ride.

The feedback his coaches are providing through PowerPlayer is giving Casey a fire inside that we have not seen before. We just love to watch him play.

This program has totally motivated my son to beat his best. Thumbs up!

Happy son = happy parents!

Photo: Carmo Photography


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