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.
Are any two hockey plays identical? Don’t use the pros as your guide. Their skill level, experience, knowledge and ability to assimilate information dwarfs those of mortal beings who tinker at the game.Read More
This is a continuation of last week’s blog on integrating creativity into drills and practices. You can’t see learning nor can you easily measure it, particularly in kids’ sport. This means the coach’s question about what they’re learning in the “choose your pylon” exercise is nearly impossible to answer.Read More
A few coach interview answers that won’t get you far: Why are you applying for this team? My last three teams didn’t make the playoffs and it sure wasn’t my fault. So I figured I should try instead to get a team that is a surefire bet to win.Read More
What if… you decline the opportunity to appeal a ruling which would give your team another chance? It’s the sudden death quarterfinal of a Tier 2 recreational level atom game. In other words, the kids are 9-10 years old.Read More
Is your child an elite player? If so, watch out. I got an email once from a bantam parent whose son is, by all accounts, pretty good. The kid is 5’ 4” tall and weighs about 135 lbs. For bantam, that’s a tad on the smaller side.Read More
Six months after starting with your team, you and the kids are practiced out. They’ve had enough of your warm ups, cool downs, fancy drills, technical jargon (“a Mohawk turn!?”), and rink board hieroglyphics. You’re tired of the same kids acting up or not trying hard or cheating in drills, let alone needing to control or discipline them.Read More
Let’s say you have a beef with (pick any that apply): • Your kid’s coach • The league director • The rules • How teams were formedRead More
1) Does Canadian hockey player development need a shake up?
2) Cornered Coach - Painful Lessons
3) Ontario Junior Hockey League implements full facial protection for 2017-18
4) Canadian coaches prominent in NCAA hockey
5) Off-season coaches shuffle complete in AJHL