Is your team ready for the season?
Like, truly ready? Showing video and powerpoint presentations until your players fall asleep is easy. But according to long-time Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston, more is not always better.
In his presentation at this summer’s TeamSnap Hockey Coaches Conference in Toronto, Johnston shared his typical plan for training camp. It included the systems he teaches each year, as well as the rules he sets out for his team.
“Early in my career I had too many rules. I believed I needed to control everything, but all it led to was players catching me in loopholes.”The Winterhawks have five pillars, Johnston says:
- Project positive energy.
- Invest in your time at the rink.
- Stay in the moment, stay in the game.
- Dress like a pro, act like a pro.
- Enjoy the ride.
“Don’t get enamoured with the systems, focus on the skills required to play the systems.”
“Passing and receiving is the number one skill. You have to be able to make plays either on forward or defence. What are the most important skills your players need? Answer that, then work on the skills and work on the systems. Test your players.”
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