Creating a “playbook” for your team is important, but where to start? This story will help you no matter what level you are and by using software that most of you already have on your computer.
The idea behind this is to allow coaches to, firstly, have a guideline of how to create a “playbook” and help coaches who hockey might not be their full-time job, to have a better idea on how to prepare themselves and their team with systems/structure/concepts, so everyone is on the same page. We won’t begin with a 400-600 page playbook, similar to football. But we will start somewhere, and from there, you will be able to add whatever you feel comfortable with.
Let’s dig into this Part 1 of creating a “playbook.”
Where to start?
If you are like me, starting from a blank page is a nightmare. I wouldn’t say I like it, but you have to start somewhere and somehow.
- PowerPoint can be your best friend, and most of you already have access to it. It might be tricky in the beginning, but with practice, you can build everything within the software and present it to your players.
- Finding a practice/drill software that allows you to have a diagram of a rink, save your systems and be more professional. If you don’t have the resource for it, don’t worry, we can also use PowerPoint.
- Find pictures from your team that you could add to your playbook to make it more personal.
- Have/create a cloud base or YouTube account, making it easier to upload parts of your playbook and share them with your players.
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