October 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm #884
I can’t tell you how much I love you guys… I mean that. You are sincere, open, and a tribute to coaching. Anyone passing through here should see that. And it’s funny, too, that we’re brothers because of what we do, no matter what country we’re from.
Needing to get that out, I’m hoping other guys (or gals) feel more comfortable about joining in, making some suggestions, or asking any questions they might have on this interesting topic.
And, Soupy, I like your suggestion about a so-called “guru” being able to help a program from afar… A few years ago I had a super-qualified friend from Ottawa who specialized in conditioning and movement training, and we talked a lot about how she extended her services to the local youth and ringette programs. She was occasionally able to meet with the coaches in person, but she did the bulk of her work on-line, just as you’ve described. Only a career change on her side stopped us from forming a partnership whereby I’d advise the Ottawa hockey coaches on skills training and such.October 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm #885
You’re so right, regarding getting the program going and the obstacles you face.
Regarding, addressing a senior coach who has been around the block,many are prideful and have certainly have paid their dues, so it is difficult for a young administrator to step in and make suggestions since the mutual respect level probably doesn’t exist. However, years of experience doesn’t automatically make you correct. Also and extra set of experienced eyes is valuable to any coach.
I would let the coach know that your organization is watching the progress of his team and that you are there to support his efforts. Then let him know that there are some things the higher level teams are doing that will support his effort. Then suggest how to correct the lack of movement. Also it sounds to me that the coach may need a new assistant. The kind that makes him look good while applying what your organization needs done.
The other thing you can do is let him share practice ice time with a coach who runs practice the way you like. Have them work together and maybe the exchange will rub off in a positive way.
That’s all good if you believe in the coach’s style and he is the right guy for that age group. Like I’ve said before, there’s a big difference between coaching young kids and young adults.
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