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  • Sets and focuses on goals
  • Pushes self hard
  • Admits faults

Ice Characteristics

  • They strive to improve and never stop working
  • Will set high standards for themselves
  • Admits faults and mistakes
  • May be self critical
  • Often competitive and hates losing
  • They tend to push themselves
  • Works hard in the off-season
  • Typically has serious long term goals
  • May seem distant to those they are not close to
  • Faces reality and expects the same of others




Ice Strengths

  • Sets and focuses on goals
  • Pushes self hard
  • Admits faults

Ice Struggles

  • May be reluctant to change their plan
  • Could put too much pressure on themselves
  • May fail to communicate

Ice Inspirations

  • Developing themselves
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Enjoys a tough challenge
  • Surpassing previous records or bests


Ice athletes have two defining traits that go hand in hand: they are goal driven and also self-critical. This means that they can be relentless in pursuing a personal goal while using small to moderate failure or adversity as motivation to persevere. In extreme cases of adversity, it is very hard for them to bounce back from a mistake or setback.

Effects of Defining Traits

This type is an asset to teams and organizations that are traditionally strong. This is because they tend to question the status quo and will push to continue to improve rather than coasting or being complacent.

In some ways this type is hard to recognize because many of their traits are average, with a wide variation. For instance, some Ice types can be quiet while others are outgoing. However, all Ice types have a strong desire to change and improve.

They like to stretch the boundaries of normal attainment while seeking meaning and symbolism in realistic kinds of ways. For example: if a classmate was in a severe car wreck, they may use it as inspiration to be better at what they do.

During Athletic Competition

To some extent, this type expects competition to go as scripted in the game plan, they’re average at spontaneous improvisation. Their self-critical trait will show during competition, specifically after mistakes. They might shake their head or put their hands on their hips. The typical Ice athlete is motivated to make adjustments during competition.

Helping The Ice

This type would benefit a great deal from learning relaxation techniques along with Cognitive Restructuring or Rational Emotive Therapy. This will help them with how they appraise and label the events going on in their lives, like recieving an F on a term paper and being able to see it as unfavorable rather than a matter of life and death. An Ice athlete needs some help in calibrating these kinds of extreme events so that they react appropriately.  The tendency to be self-critical is very similar to seeing the glass as half empty. During competition, the Ice may dwell too long on a mistake.

From the sidelines coaches, parents and others can point out something positive that happened on the last play and offer encouragement along with a phrase that will help the athlete refocus and reset for the next play. For instance: “Way to hustle; we’ll get it done this time around.” The same applies to practice and even off-season conditioning. The best way to help an Ice is to continue to be upbeat and positive. The Ice tends to overlook and under-appreciate changes that are positive.

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Prominent Pro Ice Athletes

  • Matt Ryan, football
  • Rob Gronkowski, football
  • Julian Edelman, football
  • Jordy Nelson, football
  • Aaron Judge, baseball
  • Chris Sale, baseball
  • Jon Lester, baseball
  • Dexter Fowler, baseball
  • PT Ricci, lacrosse
  • Rudy Second, cricket
  • Alexander Coetzee, shooting
  • Maryka Holtzhausen, netball
  • Ashley Hansen Church, softball

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