An Uncomplicated Midseason Grading System For Hockey Coaches

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Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at The Coaches Site, current General Manager and Head Coach of the MJHL Niverville Nighthawks, former Assistant Coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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Your players have been under the microscope for a few months now. Every pass, every shot, every practice, every game – every move they’ve made has been closely scrutinized by you and your staff.

It’s sufficient to say that the groundwork has been set. Well, you’ve got a second half of the season to worry about, and for your underperforming players, that means a second chance is in order. For your stronger players, a reminder about pushing their habits to new levels is also in order.

But none of that will happen without the guy with the whistle taking a good long look in the mirror first.

Measuring Up to Yourself

I always try to return to that which I can control and that which I can’t. Could I have controlled myself when my brain exploded in Prince George a few weeks ago and I hopped on the bus with a shiny two-game suspension in tow? No, I couldn’t, otherwise I would have kept my mouth shut.

But I got a lot of support from my players on that one.

Where you won’t get support is when you constantly lose control of your temper. That act wears out quickly.

So, looking back at the first half of the season, ask yourself:

  • Have you been operating on passion or logic?
  • Are you angry more often than you’re happy?
  • Can you tell when the time is right for positive support vs intensity?

Your players have been under the microscope for a few months now. Every pass, every shot, every practice, every game - every move they’ve made has been closely scrutinized by you and your staff.

It’s sufficient to say that the groundwork has been set. Well, you’ve got a second half of the season to worry about, and for your underperforming players, that means a second chance is in order. For your stronger players, a reminder about pushing their habits to new levels is also in order.

But . . .

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