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TravisUlrich 01-03-2011 08:43 AM

Anyone else here a Coach?
 
If so, where, at what level, and how many years have you been coaching? And maybe share some of your wisdom. :)

I coach Midget A (15-17 y/o) in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This is my 2nd year coaching.

sherwood sniper 01-03-2011 12:23 PM

I coach a high school team in Illinois. This is my 4th season, and the most frustrating year yet.

beth 01-03-2011 02:02 PM

I assist my son's coach (mite minor). I'm a newbie to hockey however, so I have no tips. I just help herd kids. I did get my certification, though, so I'm all official-like.

I also coach two FIRST Lego League teams, so I'm used to working with kids in general. There's a lot of overlap in that you're trying to keep kids on task while still making things fun, and playing to those short attention spans. :laugh:

Phrost 01-04-2011 06:53 PM

Coach Jr. B in Alberta, just my second year. Have learned a lot in the past two years about just how hard coaching can be, especially when you're apart of a team that hasnt had much success!

Dreakmur 01-05-2011 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by TravisUlrich (Post 29942431)
If so, where, at what level, and how many years have you been coaching? And maybe share some of your wisdom. :)

I coach Midget A (15-17 y/o) in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This is my 2nd year coaching.

I'm currently coaching a Peewee A team in London. I've been coaching since 1999 - all AAA with the exception from this year, and everything from Major Atom to Minor Bantam.

Here are the most important things that I have learned over the past dozen years:
1. Demand hard work, unselfishness, and discipline. There are only two things that all the players can control all the time; they effort level and their attitude. Everything else is out of their control, so you better control the things you can.

2. Share your coaching philosophies and season plan with all the players and parents. It's always better when communiction is open. At worst, the parents won't be able to complain later, since you laid it all out up front. At best, they can even help their kids understand some things they are struggling with.

3. Find a role for every single player - even if it's not an important role, try to make is sound like it is. Every team has top and bottom players. I've always tried to make sure the weak players feel just as important as the strong ones. Getting the puck out of our end, fore-checking, back-checking, winning battles, etc are all things that can be used as roles for lesser players.

4. Don't be affraid to try new things - if it doesn't work, you can always try something else. Just about every year, I move players from forward to defense and vica versa. A while back, I had a team with 4 really strong forwards and no real strong defensemen. I decided that I would try rotating each of the 4 forwards back to defense and see who is the best. I moved one back, and he was so good that I didn't even try anybody else. He ended up leading the league in scoring as a defenseman, and was the main reason we won the Provincial Championships.


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