Coaching young hockey players is at once thrilling, fulfilling, and occasionally, trying. Coaches should bear in mind that their players are kids, and that hockey should be fun. Patience and reassurance by coaches and teammates helps build the foundation of teamwork that is key to a successful hockey club at any level.
Youth hockey instills values of teamwork, camaraderie, work ethic and sportsmanship and helps players and families alike form bonds that last a lifetime.
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Coaches, parents and kids alike can learn about the basics of positive coaching from former Chicago Blackhawk defenseman and now general manager of the San Jose Sharks. His interview with the founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Jim Thompson, can be heard here.
In this wide-ranging, 30-minute discussion, the former NHL star discusses concepts such as Coaching for Mastery, bouncing back from mistakes, and other core principles within the Responsible Sports guides developed by Positive Coaching Alliance.