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Deflections - Inquiry Based Learning: Part 2

At a coaching clinic, I tossed out examples of how one might use questioning to draw better executed skills from kids. The easiest and most visual one was how to improve crossovers with younger children. 

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Deflections - Inquiry Based Learning: Part 1

Ask a teacher, especially an elementary or middle school teacher, if they use inquiry based learning and heads will nod. At least they do when I bring it up at coaching clinics or workshops. Everyone else sort of sits there looking blankly ahead.

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Deflections - Let’s Assume…

Assumptions. With regard to coaching, minor hockey is guilty of making plenty of them. Sometimes it’s almost standard operating procedure for a lot of reasons, many of which have few viable alternatives.

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Deflections - To Seminar or Not

A coach asked me recently about whether or not it was worth attending a certain coaching seminar. While I’d attended the same one not long ago, I could understand why a young coach would consider going.

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Deflections - Where are you heading?

I work with an association as its lead mentor and we have spring tryouts, a new experience for me. But rather than delve into its pros and cons, let’s look at one aspect of it that is a clear benefit to coaches.

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Deflections-We talk too much

Coaches talk too much. I doubt there are many who really truly believe their words hold great import for teams. If I ask a coach how much time is spent on the ice showing a drill or teaching, they nearly always say something akin to, “As little as possible.”

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Deflections - Process? Or Product?

So, how’d it go? To which the respondent, a perfectly typical minor hockey coach who, like nearly all of them, has his heart in the right place, says, “Pretty good. We got into the finals of two tournaments.

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Deflections - Behold, the trainer!

Hockey team trainers are overworked and under-appreciated. We say thanks at the end of a season though I wonder how many coaches realize just what these people have been doing all year.

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Cornered Coach: See You in September

It's easy to get sucked into spring and summer hockey. I think one longtime Toronto Triple A coach put it best. "Mike," he once told me. "It's like the nuclear arms race. You might not believe in bombs but if the other guy is storing them up, you have to do the same thing."

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Deflections - Cross Ice - Part 4: But finally, this…

Our minor hockey paradigm for the last century had mostly stayed the same. Rule changes, age shifts, coach training and other components were standard fare. Now, with Hockey Canada’s leap forward into mandating cross ice in I.P. and then novice, brains will need rewiring.

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Cornered Coach: A Discourse on "Dart Guy"

I can't relate to "Dart Guy." For one thing, I'm a non-smoker. And for another thing, as a long-time member of the media, I've been trained to be nonpartisan when it comes to professional sports.

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Deflections - Cross Ice - Part 3: Then there’s the coaching

Cross-ice is on the horizon for every five- to eight-year-old in the country. Initiation Program (IP) next year; novice the year after.

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Cornered Coach: Being a Frontrunner Can Be Fun

Everyone loves a winner. And nowhere is that more true than the big city of Toronto. The mighty Maple Leafs are in the playoffs for the first time since 2004, (I don't count the lockout year of 2013 because, in my books, a half season of hockey just doesn't cut it) and the entire city is about to go bonkers.

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Deflections - Cross Ice - Part 2: It’s not just the rink

The axiom says, “Everything is easy before it becomes hard.” Any coach will agree that when you teach something new, players may find it challenging, even hard.

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Cornered Coach: The (Olympic) Rings are the Thing

To a lot of people, it's big news that NHL players won't be participating in the 2018 Olympics. But to me? I say, "Big deal" and, yes, I'm saying that sarcastically

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