If there is one thing we’ve learned since we founded The Coaches Site, it’s that the games top coaches LOVE practice. In fact, to an individual, it’s fair to say that they value preparing for and running practice as the most important part of their job.
It’s where a team’s identity is created, habits are reinforced and player’s build trust amongst their group.
Depending on what level you coach at, you may have a lot or very little time to prepare for practice. But regardless of what time and resources you have available, it’s important that you come to the rink with a plan and process for getting players on the same page as you.
As iconic Canadian junior coach Don Hay said (VIDEO BELOW) during our 2012 Hockey Coaches Conference:
“If you don’t prepare and it’s a bad practice; don’t get mad at the players, get mad at yourself”
Don Hay, Kamloops Blazers
So beyond having a practice plan, communicating it with you staff and players, what else can you do as a coach to get your team prepared to have a great practice?
We reached out to three coaches; Jason Lammers (Head Coach, Dubuque Fighting Saints), Kevin Constantine (Head Coach, Everett Silvertips), and Timothy Manastersky (Head Coach, Curry College), from three different leagues to learn what approach they took, looking specifically for some tips that coaches of all levels could employ.
We received some great feedback and ideas for getting your players engaged before they hit the ice. Their answers can be found below.
But first, check out this clip from current Kamloops Blazers Head Coach (formally of the Vancouver Giants) on the importance of preparing for practice from our 2012 Hockey Coaches Conference.
*To watch the full video click HERE
Jason Lammers: Head Coach, Dubuque Fighting Saints
- Post a quote of the day in the dressing room.
- Touch on a positive action from the day before.
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