Thread: Coaches: Thinking about coaching
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11-07-2012, 06:00 PM
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What dreak says is spot on. Communication is very important - you have to be able to listen to what the kids are saying and be able to get your point across while talking at their level. This is more of a challenge at Mite and Squirts level, but can crop up with PW's as well.

This goes to Dreak's 2nd point of player psych. Get to know the kids - they each have natural tendencies. Some will be more aggressive, some more passive, some you will need to handle with kid gloves, others you can treat more gruffly, etc...

One thing I like to do as an initial personality assessment is just get the team on the ice and have them just play a game without any coaching - sort of a pond hockey environment indoors. You'll soon start seeing their personalities and tendencies come out. Which kids are the ones organizing the others (they can be your leaders in the group), which ones gravitate to D, F, etc...

As an AC, you may not be able to have that much input in things, but just some things to keep in mind.

Look back to all your own experiences - what drills did you enjoy, why did you like certain coaches and not others, etc...

Above all else - keep it fun, keep them busy, and have fun!

Last edited by bonnielad: 11-07-2012 at 06:02 PM. Reason: more thoughts
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