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I wonder…

… why isn’t more time spent training coaches on discipline techniques? Granted, as parents, we pretty much learn as we go. Read all the books you want about parenting, but it still comes down to the relationship a parent has with a child. As coaches though, we’re dealing with virtual strangers. We see these kids a bunch of hours each week and except they’ll fall into line with whatever we do or say. 

While the national coaching program provides solid advice on communication skills and ethical decision making, there’s nothing at all on any form of discipline. In fact, few associations provide much guidance, either overtly or in rules and regs, on how to deal with typical problems. This means coaches have to fend for themselves. Shouldn’t we provide coaches with guidance on this?

… how coaches are able to rationalize full ice practices for under 10s, yet would consider full field soccer, with 11 aside, ridiculous. Little kids just don’t need all that space. 

… why passing skills and tactics are taught so little.

… why everyone isn’t completely on board with the Hockey Canada checking clinic progressions. This wasn’t thrown together by a bunch of board-level poobahs. It was a carefully thought out and designed program by technical experts whose foundation came 30 years ago and has evolved into something that can be started with novices. Not body checking, just checking skills. Skating balance, stick checking, angling and such. It’s just not taught enough nor early enough.

… what would happen if parents from opposing teams were asked to sit with each other during games and, you know, have civil chit-chats.

… why opposing coaches, especially at the more elite levels in minor, often treat each other like they’re each diseased and barely acknowledge the other’s existence in the rink.

… how come coaches, at the beginning of games, gather their little charges at the bench for another minute-long game prep session when they were supposed to have done it in the room? Yak-yak-yak… never mind… let’s play.

… how come arena coffee is universally awful.

… why more coaches don’t invest in large, thick dry erase markers, tape them to their sticks, and draw dots or Xs on the ice rather than use those infernal pylons.

… if USA Hockey’s youngsters will indeed be better skilled in a few years because of its small ice games approach.

… if it even matters that they’re better skilled so long as the children enjoy the game more because it’s more suited to their developmental needs.

… if you’re looking forward to 2017 and how the game grows as much as I am.

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