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Richard is an award-winning writer and hockey coach/mentor. The former Director of Coaching for Hockey Eastern Ontario, he's a Hockey Canada Master Facilitator/Mentor and coaching evaluator. He's worked with teams from minor to junior to university to Europe and also Canada's Program of Excellence. He's been a newspaper and magazine columnist and has authored two books, one of which is the recently released coaching manual Inside Coaching Hockey. It's available from his web site richardbercuson.ca. He spends inordinate amounts of time running to and from rinks and to finish lines as a runner of various ridiculous distances. He likes cheesecake, dry red wine, and long walks on a hot beach. One of those is not readily available where he lives.

 


Deflections - Time to reflect…

Time for a debrief into the mirror. What did you learn from this season? You can choose to criticize the parental groups or bemoan the fact your players couldn’t turn both ways.

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Deflections - Interviews: Be Ready!

Some years ago, I assisted in the creation of a document to outline the selection process for elite coaches in a minor hockey district. A major part of that process involved the interviews. 

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Deflections - Coaches! Read.

Reading will make us smarter, or so went the mantra of one of my teachers in a Montreal private school. It came on the heels of our whining about having to read three novels each summer then return in September to write book reports on each one.

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Deflections - What do parents say?

Is what parents say about the coach important?

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Deflections - The ladder to… where?

How do you know when it’s the right time to aspire to coach at a higher level? First, consider the definition of higher level. In the minds of some, a higher level simply means older players. In the European club model system, the best technical coaches work with the younger children. 

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Deflections - Talkin’ Like the Big Boys

Whoever says the media or the pros don’t influence us hasn’t spent much time talking with minor hockey coaches. Every now and then, I have to give my head a vigorous shake when I hear a coach talk about his team or approach as if they’re adults being paid a couple of million to play.

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Deflections - For the love of coaching…

Yes, yes, I know, today is Valentine’s Day, so I’m sending some hockey love…However much fun it was as a kid to be in the room with buddies, it’s no different with coaching staffs.

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Deflections - Reps - Reps - Reps

In their exuberance to provide players nearly the entire hockey curriculum in one season, coaches frequently jam a host of drills into a practice.

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Deflections - The Ice Time Conundrum

Minor hockey would effectively eliminate many parental complaints if it created a rule whereby shifts were determined by the clock. One minute or two minutes or whatever – buzzer! – change lines. Novice, bantam, house or AAA. Guaranteed equal ice for everyone. Simple.

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Deflections - Should Mentors Evaluate?

A key component of the field evaluations for Development 1 and High Performance certifications is the discussion the evaluator has with the coach before and after practices or games.

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Deflections - Observing By Watching

When you’re coaching a team in a game, you get caught up in the moments. The shift changes, the missed plays, the whines on the bench, the reactions and overreactions, the uncalled calls…

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Deflections - The Post-Turkey Practice

There are some practice situations that leave coaches scratching their heads. One is the first practice following a long Christmas break. You can bet the kids have done practically nothing from a hockey or conditioning standpoint. 

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Deflections - I wonder…

I wonder…
… why isn’t more time spent training coaches on discipline techniques? Granted, as parents, we pretty much learn as we go.

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Deflections - Where are we going?

We’re approaching the end of 2016, but the hockey season is only midway. In fact, in some competitive locales, the regular season ends in January. Does anyone else have difficulty understanding that?

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Deflections - Other Practice Structures

A practice plan is not the same as practice structure. As a rule, we do a decent job of showing coaches what constitutes a basic practice plan, that there are elements practices must have. We see outlines in coaching clinics, manuals, and online. There shouldn’t be a minor coach in Canada who doesn’t know it.

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