A Simple Jedi Mind Trick to Keep Yourself Honest During Tryouts

Jedi Mind Tricks Tryouts Honest Ice Hockey Coach Tips and Drills Kelvin Cech

Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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If you’ve spent any time at all coaching minor hockey then chances are you’ve had some less than positive experiences created because of tryouts. Ever been accused of being paid to take a player? Ever been threatened to keep a player by a member of the parent-operated executive board? Ever been hired to evaluate an organization’s tryouts only to have your opinion discarded because “this player is my kid’s best friend so we’re going to keep him around.”?

It’s a brutal reality of youth sports. It’s not confined to hockey.

So what do we do about it? Bow down to the pressure and make decisions based on elements that have nothing to do with on-ice performance? Well, when you put it that way, it sure sounds silly.

But it happens every fall. The pressure to choose the right mix of players for a minor hockey team is both hilarious and tragic. It’s your team, right? You should be able to choose it as you see fit, right?

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