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Coaches: Be Careful with Team Rules

I am not a big fan of “team” rules. I am more of a team guidelines kind of coach. But, I have one particular team rule that I absolutely...

Creating a Faceoff Strategy

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about situations that, as coaches, we forget to practice as a team - things like 4 on 3, 3 on 3, etc. I...

Coaches: Be a Teacher of the Game

Coaches need to remember that, first and foremost, we are teachers of the game. We have students. We have a classroom. We have teaching...

Coachability and the "1997 Team"

When you coach in one place for a long time you start to refer to your teams by their year. It’s a little easier in a high school setting...

Coaching Elite Hockey Players

For coaches who are keen to move “up through the ranks”, there is going to come a day when you have a team of elite or high performance...

How to Decide What Systems to Use

I launched a reader’s survey two weeks ago. It is the second time I have done this and it always proves to very enlightening (if you...

Solving the Coach vs. Parents Problem

I was very disheartened to read the article H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL: Braintree coach steps down in The Patriot Ledger this past week...

Getting Smart with Game Video

So, you grab your old video camera and the tripod that’s been sitting in your basement for the past…well, it was your parents, so it’s...

Having Your Best Game in the Big Game

It’s championship season and there are final four tournaments being played in many major sports. In particular, I think about college and...

How to Be Great on the Power Play

My friend Scott Adams asked as a comment on my post How’s Your Power Play?, “I'd be interested to get your thoughts on the +/- of...

How's Your Power Play?

I truly enjoy chatting hockey with coaches and sharing my thoughts on the game. I always come away from any hockey conversations with...

Where Did All the Fun Go?

I truly worry about what is going on in minor sports. No one seems to be having any fun anymore. There is so much pressure to win. So...