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.
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…Read More
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.Read More
… why isn’t more time spent training coaches on discipline techniques? Granted, as parents, we pretty much learn as we go.
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?Read More
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.Read More
We know practice planning is important. So, too, is practice structure, which is something quite different. Yes, every coach needs to learn to plan what goes into a practice.Read More
While teaching in hockey schools, I earned a marvelous education in how to/not to conduct teaching sessions using stations. Granted, off-season hockey schools require a different approach than in-season teams.Read More
“We did skating drills where kids collapsed on the ice, but no one said a word. We were all better afterwards." That was the comment of a former player of a Montreal area Pee Wee AAA coach who was recently suspended until May for making his players do at least 100 pushups after a loss.Read More
Is there such a thing as an intellectually brave minor hockey coach? If there is, how would we know we’ve found one? Most coaches of elite players I’ve known didn’t stand pat with their rosters. Given how much kids change from year to year in every imaginable way, it only made sense that to improve a team sometimes meant making changes.Read More