What Makes a Good Hockey Coach?

by Jeremy Rupke on March 3, 2010

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.

  • Know yourself
    • 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.
  • Be Positive
    • 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
      who can.
  • Involve Everybody
    • Always make sure there’s enough equipment or kit for all. Create small groups of children
      rather than one big group.
      Communicate
      Actions speak louder than words. Body language is important. Smiles and positive gestures work
      wonders.
  • 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.

Thanks to home town hockey for this great article

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Jeremy Rupke

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Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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