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08-28-2011, 09:23 AM
Coach Craig
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Any coaches out there?

What level will you be coaching this upcoming season?
When does the season start?
Draft or tryouts?
Tips on what you are looking for when evaluating players?

I will be coaching a Novice team (7&8 yr olds) in 2011/12. Season will begin about the 17/18 of September with evaluation skates followed by the draft on October 1st.

At this level I am mostly looking for keen kids at the evaluation skates. Attitude and desire to learn are the two top ideals in players. I have enough confidence in my coaching that if I can get a group of kids that want to be out at every practice I can turn them into a competent team in short order. I will also target kids in the draft that have parents that I know are solid people. Goals are to have a lot of fun and for the kids to develop their hockey skills. Individually if a player wants to compete for a AA spot in atom the next year, I need to do for that player what I can to have him/her prepared. Players that will be returning to novice the next season I want to make them leaders for their teams the following season if that is in their character.

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