Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Four Things Youth Hockey Coaches Can Do To Improve Their Coaching Abilities For 2012-13 Season:

Power Questions:
Do you have a coaching syllabus?

Every coach should have a coaching syllabus. For youth hockey I recommend you break it down into four areas.  Every skill, system and tactic you will teach should be in the syllabus. Your syllabus must be detailed. Your syllabus should be re-worked  and improved each year.

1. Skill syllabus
2. Defensive syllabus
3. Offensive syllabus
4. Special team syllabus

Your Coaching Syllabus Should Change Time to Time:
  • Players change, so your syllabus could need to be changed
  • Opponent change year to year
  • Players progress quickly
  • Player progress slowly
  • Some things work, something do not

My syllabus includes the following: 

System: Is the plan

Tactics: Is how you execute the plan

Principle: A rule used to choose among solutions to a problem which works most of the time.

Goals: Each practice, drills and concept must have measurable objectives

Reads: What players should see

Skills: List of skills and progressions

Keys: Smaller details

Rules: Things that Happen a lot

Roles: Responsibilities of Each player

Terms: "Good Vision Leads to Good Decisions"

"I try to do the right thing at the right time.  They may
just be little things, but usually they make the difference
between winning and losing."

    -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  

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