September 29, 2013 at 2:11 am #785
As a very young guy embarking on a coaching career, I was always frustrated at the lack of help or advice I was able to get. Frankly, some of the so-called biggies in the sport back then acted rather aloof, and they seemingly wouldn’t give us younger guys the time of day.
That said, I’m hoping coaches of all levels jump in here to help each other, share ideas, or do anything that might advance the teaching for American (and other) kids.
So, don’t be shy. Everyone needs a little help, including this now very old hockey coach.October 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm #840
Here goes Dennis. This topic should generate plenty of feelings and we will certainly be able to commiserate and debate.
I’ve been sitting on the sidelines of cyberspace for a couple weeks, brewing over USA Hockey and Hockey Canada’s recent changes to Hitting Rules and Cross Ice for Mites. Very few of us that grew up with hockey are in favor of the rule changes and yet the changes has been implemented like “Obama Care”. There is no clear majority just a a couple governing bodies telling us its for “the good of the game”, “the safety of the kids”. Although I am disagreement with these so called policy changes, I don’t know if they will in fact impact our beloved game in a positive or negative way.
That being said our job as coaches has not changed. We may have additional parameters for our youngest players, but we still need to go out there and do our thing. What rubbed me the wrong way is the amount of wining that I see from many coaches and parents. Its almost as the limitations have been put on them personally.I can’t speak for everyone in these forums, I joined the group in order to be mentored further along and certainly pass along some of my experience.
Coaches if your reading my rant, know that I have coached at most levels for 25 years, accept Pro (maybe someday) and I still learn more every year. If you got something to add or a question you need answered, chime in! The changes I mentioned above should present plenty of challenges to coaching this season.
Thanks to Dennis for extending the offer to teach, listen, and debate. He is a great hockey resource and if you are not part of the Forum you are missing out.August 13, 2015 at 6:23 pm #1310
so i read your letter and have heard all of this at my club and i have some thoughts.My experience is 22 years at HS in Wi. 7 Yrs travel bantam 3 Yrs travel P.W. and 4 Yrs Xice 1/2 ice mite. during this time I was always extensivley involved in summer camps and my son is currently 9 and moving into squirt. First your contention that a few brought about ADM and xice. Not true, its a well thought out plan to maximize player experience both at practice and in game play. It is still a rough draft and I would expect USA hockey to adjust but still it puts players in the proximity of the puck and allows traffic to force players to make decisions. One of the things we overlook in America is equipment size, gloves,stick,skates are all sized down and we give a full size net, puck and if tradition reigns, ice sheet to a 6 year old. How crazy is that? ( euros use a mini puck ). Next, tradition calls on us to tell the player what to do and expect it to be done. That is called gatekeeper teaching. The Aussies have put a lot of energy into teaching practice and Ill admit I favor the TGFU method. This is one of the ADM failings USA hockey did a ton of work to find drills and rink plans that were not overly equipment intensive and drills “any” coach could run but they spent little time or energy on teaching best coaching practices. The majority of complaints in our area have more to do with the belief that true coaching is being supplanted by rote planning and nothing could be further from the truth. Yes the plans do layout practice but the coach needs to have the ability to dial it up or down and reach into the players a bit, your 8 yr olds are more competitive than your 7 yr olds and so on. As for the checking rules I will tell you I have no real opinion in HS we had teams with the mantra separate the man from himself and rode it to success we had teams that cycled and crossed like human spirographs and we had teams that blocked like gladiators and shut others down. these identities were formed by the team and often to success. What we didn’t ride was early puberty,this is often and mistakenly thought of as skill in the American game. With the 2 yr age difference at P.W. we put a lot of young players in the path of some one who is physically older than their age with the result being fear , pain ,anger and anguish. These things are real and we should protect hem as long as we can they are our kids after all. as an admission I have asked the player to “get back in there” or show em why its called a hospital pass. With age and understanding we all find a path that is healthy for the players and encourages them to return that later
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