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Mom Mondays: Sorting Out for Sort-Outs

House league sort-outs are this weekend for us, how about you? Are you ready? Some associations seem to drag out the sort-outs over several weekends. They rebalanced the teams and scrimmage again.

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Cornered Coach: Cutting to the Chase

Story: Mike Toth | 14/09/17 | (0) Comments |

To quote that famous old rock and roll tune, "The first cut is the deepest." And the second cut is pretty darn painful, too. Last week, I cut two 10-year-old kids from the Toronto AAA baseball squad I coach, as we completed our September tryout camp.

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Mom Mondays: The Hockey Mom – She’s a Top Prospect!

If you are a new hockey mom this season, welcome to the team! You’ve probably been wondering what you’ve signed up for but don’t worry; you’ll learn as you go, so just have fun. Of course, you’re also probably thinking about what kind of hockey mom you’re going to be.

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Mom Mondays: Hockey Mom New Season Resolutions

I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions in January. What’s the point? All I really want to do in January is curl up under a blanket and wait for the snow – and ice – to melt. 

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From the Press Box: Gearing Up

There’s something in the air. With tryouts and preseason action underway across the country, we’re finally days away from the regular season officially beginning. 

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Deflections - What to Eliminate

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” - Sherlock Holmes. Now we apply this to minor hockey practices.

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Deflections - Finding Resources

Everyone wants drills. It’s 4pm on practice day and you need to be at the rink for a 7pm 50-minute session. You have a good idea of what you want covered but work, family, and a car needing a tune-up have interrupted hockey planning.

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Mom Mondays: The First Cut is the Deepest

There are a lot of kids in hockey tryouts right now. One of the inevitable realities of competitive hockey is that your child will be cut from a team at some point in their minor hockey career. 

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Deflections - Dangerous Drills

Are some drills inherently dangerous? What makes them so? In fact, how do you define danger in a sport rife with contact? Do you remember the gut-buster drill, aka wallies? Sprint across the rink, touch the boards with your stick, repeat till either your thighs explode you upchuck last night’s dinner into a garbage pail the coach conveniently left at the bench. 

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Mom Mondays: To the New Kids on the Block

Right NOW, thousands of hockey moms all across Canada are gearing up for the 2017-18 hockey season. If Hockey Canada’s annual report is any indication, at least 75,000 of those hockey players... 

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Deflections - Tightening the Bolt

Sometimes you need to tighten the bolt. If you riffle through a drill book or site, you’ll find an endless list of wonderful drills which have various types of resistance. 2-on-1s – 3-on-1s, which become 3-on-2s – small area games that are essentially battle drills. These are all great and have their place.

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Mom Mondays: Soon it will be hockey season... and email season

A little bit of hockey email etiquette...I know it’s just mid-summer, but soon enough the hockey season will be in full swing and then you know what else will be in full swing? The hockey emails!  Oh yes, soon all hockey moms’ inboxes are going to be inundated with emails from the team.

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Deflections - That First Tournament

What would happen if minor hockey tournaments didn’t exist? Panic in the motel industry? Anxiety among parents having no place and no one to party with on weekends?

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Deflections - Start With This

You’ve got your team. Practices begin soon. What do you start with? Not a drill. Not even a type of drill. Not a particular skill or tactic either. While those will come into play, the number one place to begin is with establishing (pick whichever ones apply): tone, work ethic, routine, teaching approach.

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From the Press Box: Winning Formula

If you’re a frequent reader of HockeyNow, I’m sure you’ve seen one version or another of our description of the Minor Hockey Player of the Year award, namely that it is given to players who “best exemplify sportsmanship, leadership, hockey ability and performance, and school and community participation.”

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