Thread: Coaches: Thinking about coaching
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11-08-2012, 09:42 PM
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Malreg
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I've been coaching 2 teams a year for the last 6 years.

One very important word of advice that I would give you is to always be specific. Many coaches are way too general when they speak to their players.

"Intensity!", "Forecheck!", "Backcheck!", "Go to the net!"

-Ask a every player what the word "intensity" means and you will either get blank stares or very different answers.
-What kind of forecheck? What should they do on the forecheck? If you just tell the team "Forecheck hard!" you will end up with 3 people chasing the puck into the corner.
-What is your role when you backcheck? Where should you go, which guy do you take?
-Instead of just saying "Go to the net", you could say "Make sure you have two hands on your stick and your stick is on the ice when you go to the net. Make sure you stop in front of the net, not off to the side".

These are just some examples... Just remember, be specific!

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