How to Create a Hockey Playbook – Part 1

Mitch Giguere

Mitch Giguere ChPC, is the father of four children and a passionate hockey coach. Assistant Coach for Carabins Université de Montréal (USports W). Former Assistant and Video Coach in the KHL. Mitch has his High Performance 2 from Hockey Canada and has an Advanced Coaching Diploma (NCCP4) from the Canadian Sports Institute. You can reach out to Mitch via email at [email protected] or SMS 450-578-1187

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This story will help you no matter what level you are and by using software that most of you already have on your computer. 
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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.  

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Find pictures from your team that you could add to your playbook to make it more personal. 
  4. Have/create a cloud base or YouTube account, making it easier to upload parts of your playbook and share them with your players. 

This story will help you no matter what level you are and by using software that most of you already have on your computer . . .

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3 comments

  • @Mitch: In the “Tracking Video” section of your article (which I enjoyed) you mentioned, “Most hockey video software has this option, and some online software allows you to do that with any video. ”

    Can you provide some names of the “hockey video software” or other software that does this?

    Thanks

  • Video Software that you can do the ”Tracking”

    Adobe premiere pro
    Adobe after effect
    InStats
    Huld SportsCode
    Catapult MacBook version
    KlipDraw
    SportContract
    Wondershare
    veed.io
    On my end, I use a lot of after effect and I ask people to create what I want Fiverr because I save a lot of times haha