Lets be honest, there is a lot to learn when it comes to positioning in hockey and you might have heard it 20 times but some of us just aren’t verbal learners. For all the visual learners out there I have created the hockey cheat sheet. This is an all encompassing guide that pretty much covers everything that your coach will yell over the boards at you. If you like this guide be sure to share it with your friends
How To Hockey Cheat Sheet
This guide should help you figure out what to do wherever you are on the ice!
Good players need talent but they also need good coaches
The most important quality you need to coach is enthusiasm. People respond brilliantly to an eager, hard working leader.
It takes time to build up coaching skills and experience, but help is available. A task of the OMHA is to look after the development of coaching and coaches at every level in minor hockey.
To become a qualified coach in a particular sport, you will need to take the appropriate coaching qualifications offered by the national governing body of that sport.
In the meantime here are a few tips for coaching success.
Why do you want to coach and what do you want to achieve?
A Question of Sport
The better your understanding of the techniques and skills of a sport the better equipped you
are to pass these on.
Patience and praise work a lot better than criticism and shouting.
Variety is the Key
Avoid games where kids have to sit out and don’t make all your sessions competitive
Teach Skills & Demonstrate
Demonstrating a skill works much better than talking about it. If you can’t do it, find someone
Always make sure there’s enough equipment or kit for all. Create small groups of children
rather than one big group.
Actions speak louder than words. Body language is important. Smiles and positive gestures work
Mind & Body
A grasp of how the body responds to exercise and training and an ability to adopt safe practices
and prevent injury are important. So too is confidence building, goal setting, emotional
control, concentration skills – coaches work on the mindset as well as the body.
Sense and Sensitivity
Some children take longer than others to learn so adopt your style accordingly. To keep
children motivated it helps to be consistent, set achievable goals and give frequent feedback.
Take it from the Top
Lead by example and gain trust and respect. Coaches of children are role models and this
carries responsibility. How you behave, dress and your attitude all set an example. If you
adhere to consistent high standards this will rub off.