How to Coach with the Distractions of Multiple Sport Athletes

Multiple Sport Athletes Ice Hockey Coach Tips and Drills Kelvin Cech

Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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There’s not a hockey coach in Canada who would argue that it’s disadvantageous for young athletes to play multiple sports during the summer. Goaltenders who also play baseball? They’re good with the glove. Defensemen who play soccer? They develop quick feet and learn how to defend with their skating. Forwards who play basketball? They learn focus and grace under fire while they’re shooting pucks into carefully placed spots in the net.

But when it comes to spring hockey, it’s not that simple from the coach’s perspective.

There’s not a hockey coach in Canada who would argue that it’s disadvantageous for young athletes to play multiple sports during the summer. Goaltenders who also play baseball? They’re good with the glove. Defensemen who play soccer? They develop quick feet and learn how to defend with their skating. Forwards who play basketball? They learn focus and grace under fire while they’re shooting pucks into carefully placed spots in the net.

But when it comes to spring hockey, it’s not that simple from the coach’s perspective.

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