Developmental “Triage” in Hockey Coaching

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
Developmental "Triage" in Hockey Coaching Hockey is a MASSIVE game. There is so much to learn that it can literally take a lifetime to master every element. And even then… the best players and coaches are always still looking for ways to improve. So what should you work on… and when? How do you decide what the next steps should be to keep your players moving forward at the optimal pace for them? This video discusses what I call Developmental “Triage.” It’s based around a recent conversation I had with a coach, who said to me “There’s so much to teach my team… where do I even start?” We had a great discussion about it, and it was one I thought would be useful for other coaches as well… so…
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Do Systems Rob from Skill Development?

Do Systems Rob from Skill Development?

Philosophy, Team Systems
Do Systems Rob from Skill Development? Sample Article from Hockey Development Magazine - Click Here to Download the App I was watching a conversation take place in my Facebook feed a few weeks ago. The topic centered around whether Mites should be taught "systems hockey." It all started with a coach who posted that every coach in the USA needs to get on board with the ADM: So people began going back and forth on this a bit, some coaches expressing their opinions more politely than others. Then one coach said something to the effect that ADM is garbage, and that the kids don't learn systems under ADM. His comment garnered a reply from this coach: Notice he says "positioning is a garbage concept" and that "skills dominate today's game." These…
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Hockey Equipment Tips for Kids

Hockey Equipment Tips for Kids

Coaches' Corner, Hockey Equipment
Hockey Equipment Tips for Kids Hockey is still a young sport here in Salt Lake City, which means we have many first-time hockey parents. While these parents all share a love of the game, and enthusiasm for their kids being involved, many of them are unfamiliar with the finer points of putting on hockey gear. Over the past few years, I've consistently seen equipment issues with improper sizing (sticks too long), improper wearing (skates too loose, elbow pads upside down, etc.), and even non-usage (no cup?!?). So I felt it could do some good, at the very least in my local organization, to put together a video detailing the key points of how to size and wear every piece of hockey gear, from start to finish. Obviously, this is a…
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Season Planning, Clinic Agenda, & Your Questions Answered

Season Planning, Clinic Agenda, & Your Questions Answered

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy, Useful Products
Season Planning, Clinic Agenda, & Your Questions Answered I've received a lot of great feedback from folks who are excited about our upcoming coaching clinic THIS WEEK. Register today to secure your spot. I wanted to take a minute here to announce a few things, and answer a few questions. SEASON PLANNING (FREE SAMPLE SESSION): We'll be running a LIVE training on season planning this Monday, August 10 from 6:00-7:00 PM (US Mountain Time). This will be a live example of the type of training you can expect during the actual clinics. Sign up for the FREE sample session here: http://app.webinarjam.net/register/16866/af107fdee0 (this is a free sample, to register for the actual clinic see the button link below) UPCOMING CLINIC AGENDA (AUG 13-15): A few folks have asked for more details…
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Weiss Tech Coaching Clinics: On-Ice Skill Development in Action

Weiss Tech Coaching Clinics: On-Ice Skill Development in Action

Coaches' Corner, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Philosophy, Skating & Agility, Useful Products
Weiss Tech Coaching Clinics: On-Ice Skill Development in Action We recently published Part 1 of a video series designed to help coaches formulate their on-ice development processes with their teams. Over the past 4 days since the video went live, we've received a lot of AWESOME feedback from our coaches. Here are a few examples of emails that have come in: Great video as always! Well presented, well organized and well explained. Good video and topic. Far to many coaches lose patience when teaching for skill acquirement. They see the players struggle and not understand what it is they are trying to teach them. [...] Thanks again for putting the video out and I am looking forward to your Coaching Clinic. This is great stuff!  I really liked this video explaining…
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