Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What to Look for in a Youth Hockey Coach

As a parent, you undoubtedly want the very best for your child in every possible aspect. Undoubtedly, that includes having the best possible hockey coach.

But, what does it mean to be a “good” hockey coach? How can you measure something like that?

While you might be tempted to measure it in trophies or wins, there are other things far more important to seek out in a good coach.

Good Coaches Create a Supportive, Safe Environment

First of all, a coach’s job is to make his players feel like a team- to make them feel comfortable, supported, and valued.

Players should be free to express their feelings and thoughts. They should feel free to be honest and forthright and to make mistakes.

Coaches should treat players with respect and kindness at all times. That’s the only way to build a trustworthy atmosphere of support where everyone feels like they matter.

If you can find a coach who creates this kind of team feel, sign your child up for his team right away!

Good Coaches are Good Communicators

The best coaches know how to properly and effectively communicate with their players.

They do not yell without purpose or bark orders.

Likewise, they also know how to communicate with other professionals, like referees and other coaches. They are also good at communicating with parents and anyone else involved with the team.

Good Coaches Take a Break When They Need To

Coaching may be fun, but it’s also not easy, especially when one is coaching children.

Good coaches, however, are aware of their stress levels and will take breaks to let off steam when they need to.

If they find themselves growing angry or frustrated, they will “cool off” for a moment, not explode, thereby setting a good example for their young players.

Of course, no coach is ever going to be perfect. But, if you can find a coach who, for the most part, meets these expectations, then you have found a good one.

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