Thread: Coaching a team
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07-24-2012, 11:03 PM
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Phil Connors*
 
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Kick a kid of the team the first practice. You have to establish dominance among these young minds.

Seriously though, have a set of drills they are used to for warm ups, but also mix it up(kinda sounds contradictory but at that age some drills take some time for them to get in the motion). Keep it fun for them. Doing small games such as 3 on 3 in one of the offensive zones(2 nets board to board) keeps them interested. Going to the coaching seminar they usually give out pamphlets/CD-Roms with plenty of drills and mini-games.

In the states, ice-time is precious, doing chalk-talk to explain drills and what will be done in practice will help save time while on the ice.

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