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Mom Mondays: Locker Room Talk – Size Matters!

Most of the lockers rooms in our neck of the woods are quiet this time of the year. The hockey players have wrapped up their seasons and have passed the locker room torch on to lacrosse players for the next few months. 

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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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Mom Mondays: Tournaments by the Ages

Why didn’t we go to the Cornwall tournament this year, Mom?” asked my daughter, as she and I prepare for her team’s year-end hockey party.

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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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Mom Mondays: Happy Hockey Mom’s Day!

By the time you read this, Mother’s Day will just have passed. My own Mother’s Days have evolved over the years. My earliest ones were largely planned by my husband – a gift and a card signed as best possible by all the kids.

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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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Mom Mondays: The Carpool Car Chats

Of all the wonderful things a hockey mom does day in and day out, it’s safe to say that “driving” probably tops the list. I don’t even want to think about the amount of time I have spent in a car driving to or from a hockey arena.

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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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Mom Mondays: The Playoff Brackets for a Hockey Mom

Every year, our friends and neighbours put together a playoff hockey pool. The brackets are distributed as soon as they are made known by the league, we make our picks, and all chip in five bucks to the pot.

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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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