The biggest function of the modern hockey coach is pushing the right buttons with each individual player. The blanket approach of the past is long gone. The best coaches of yesterday knew this, which is why those coaches lasted as long as they did. Pushing buttons might have a negative connotation, but it doesn’t have to. If you understand the personality of your players, then you’ll have a better handle on how to deal with them, how to communicate with them, and how to get the most out of them on a daily basis. Sounds easy, right?
“As a coach you need to explain the benefits of the rules.”
- Greg Ford at the 2018 Coaches Conference
Greg Ford from Talent Click spoke at our 2018 Coaches Conference about the value of digging into the personality of your players, both for them and their development and for the betterment of the team. When a young athlete is confident and enriched, their enthusiasm inevitably boils over and spreads to the rest of the team.
“Top players are confident and dominant. People all have different personalities – it’s predictable and it’s coachable.”
Greg spoke to the value of personality for coaches, and the bottom line is that its easier to coach players who listen and are engaged, and the way to get each player listening and engaged is to coach them. Pretty cool, right? Check out the video below for Greg’s presentation.