Coaching basics? Builidng forward lines
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08-30-2010, 12:10 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Well the approach is different for each level of hockey.
For youth, I go with the Lou Nanne approach, which is that every kid should get equal ice time and rotate through positions. Get him exposure to everything. When you're young, you play the game to have fun and improve, not to win. Lines are constantly shifted around, let everyone play with the best players from time to time.
For competitive hockey, typically the coach will put together complimentary lines based on skill level and speed. That's when you get the specialized scoring, checking, energy lines and line matching. And that's high level stuff that takes many years of experience and knowledge.
For beer league, everyone gets equal ice time, there's no matching lines or defensive guys. Roll through the lines, even during PP and PK. Typically what I like to see is the three strongest skaters playing center and pairing a stronger and weaker player on each wing. There is some finagling to make sure people aren't complaining and that they get along, but usually your best players will score no matter what.
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