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."
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