How do we teach our players to think for themselves?
Last summer I was at a coaching conference in Kamloops when I had the opportunity to watch a presentation from Serge Lajoie, the head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Serge basically taught every coach in the room what forecheck he was planning on using in the season to come, which is even more interesting if you consider the fact I was sitting in the front row, a couple months prior to stepping on the bench for the UBC Thunderbirds.
But Serge didn’t care.
No, for Serge, the crucial component of his forecheck, an element that couldn’t be exploited by a rookie CIS coach, was the ability for his players to read the play.