13 Oct Successful Minor Hockey Coaching Tips
Congratulations, you’ve taken on the role of a Minor Hockey Coach! Like it or not, you’ll be in the spotlight for evaluation by players, parents and spectators. But be warned. No one wants to be that hockey coach. Here are a few tips to keep you in the parents’ good book and keep your players happy!
Analyze your position – Do you really want this position? Someone who’s forced into this role probably isn’t the right person. What are your intentions/goals? Be sure to think carefully before taking on this position.
Be Realistic – These Minor players are not NHL players. Some kids might aspire to be, but most are really there to LEARN and HAVE FUN.
Know Your Hockey – You’re never too old to learn! Hockey coaches are no exception! Familiarize yourself with, or learn new techniques and skills that you can pass on to your players.
Be positive– Probably the most important point! Negativity and shouting won’t get you anywhere with the players. Body language included! I see/hear too many coaches being too harsh and critical on minor hockey players. Be patient and give lots of positive energy to your players. They will not only be more receptive to your advice, but will usually always give 100% when they are enjoying themselves.
Keep Everyone Involved – Divide into small groups or use drills that involve all the players. Avoid players needing to sit out or having to wait too long for their turn.
Parents – Be patient! You may get over excited parents that can be a handful. Be as open and receptive to their questions or concerns while conveying that you have taken on the role of helping their children and that their support is just as important as coaching.
Be Physically Involved – Don’t just give verbal commands or instructions, show them how it’s done! Be active and demonstrate the skills that you are teaching.
Everyone is Different – Probably the 2nd most important point. Everyone learns differently and at different paces. Being positive and reviewing skills regularly will help players learn accordingly.
Be a good Role Model – Young impressionable players are looking up to you. Your attitude and the way you present yourself will go a long way with everyone!