As the end of the season winds down for many, lots of coaches find themselves with a few practice times left and a lot less motivation from the players or even themselves. Exiting the playoffs early can do that.
But not every team can hoist a championship trophy every season. These remaining practices are great opportunities to increase the fun while shifting the mindset of players, parents, and coaches to the what lies ahead. That could be spring or summer tournaments, tryouts, or just in-house programs.
It’s also a great time to ensure players have a way to realize the pressure is off. Many put a lot of pressure on themselves, have it put on them by their parents, or even by their coaches. Everyone wants to win in the postseason, but not everyone can. So now, let them take a breath and get back to what makes them happy in the first place: just being on the ice with their friends.
So with that, coaches need to pick their drills accordingly. It might not be the time to double down on teaching your breakout system, but instead a great time to return to some of the fundamental skills and build upon them.
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