COACH RESOURCES

Team Structure and Operation

Drill Hub  - Hockey Canada - Build great practices for free. Over 600 drills for all levels of hockey.

Get Sport IQ website - Coaching / educational articles / professional coaching / mentorship.

International Ice Hockey Federation Survey of Players - By country, here is the breakdown of registered players (total, senior, U20), officials (male and female), total rinks (indoor and outdoor), level of participation, and total country population. Interesting!

IIHF Learn To Play Manual -The goal of this program is to teach children, primarily between the ages of 6 and 9 years old (Timbits, Novice, Atom), the basic ice hockey skills by creating a fun and enjoyable environment for them to learn.

Hockey USA - American Development Model - "I am potential!"  The ADM provides age-appropriate guidelines and curriculum to hockey associations across America to help more kids play, love and excel in hockey. Brought to you by USA Hockey, in partnership with the NHL.

NHL Analytics Tracking of U8 Hockey Players - A cutting-edge NHL analytics team puts the test to youth hockey for the first time ever. Watch this video and see what you think.

From a Child's View, Parents Find Full-Ice Hockey No Fun - To demonstrate how a full sheet of ice looks to a child, USA Hockey put adult players on an extra large rink with giant nets to simulate what a child sees. The players found the games tiring, difficult and said they would lose interest quickly in the sport if that was what they faced. In this video, see how adult players opened their eyes to what is being taught by the American Development Model of cross-ice hockey and small-area games.

Let's See How The Adults Like It - In this video, a group of adults get to experience what it is like to be one of the kids playing on a full size soccer pitch, by using a supersized goal and field of play at St. George's Park. The only thing they forgot to modify was the relative size of the ball; keeping with other modifications, it would be huge and too heavy to kick!

Kids Football is Changing - A short video looking at how football (soccer) is changing for youngsters following The FA's Youth Development Review.

Other Sports Don't Make Kids Play Like Adults (except hockey) - USTA U10 Tennis - This slick, one minute clip shows how different sports appear to children when the size of the court and playing field are not adjusted to the size of the children.

Small Area Games Booklet - Useful ideas for on and off-ice training, such as in our off-ice program.

Grassroots: The Minor Hockey Show - TSN 1200 (Ottawa) weekly podcast highlighting issues in minor hockey.

Breakaway, The Minor Hockey Podcast - Ontario Minor Hockey Association podcast.

Hockey Canada Player Development Essentials - Initiation, Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and beyond. Learn everything you need to start playing hockey at any level.

Hockey Canada Player Development Resources - By implementing a standardized technical curriculum and methodology for player development,  your association is building a foundation for athletes to enjoy the game of hockey and reach their potential.

Hockey Canada Programs - Coaching - Without the thousands of coaches who volunteer their time and step behind the bench every season, there would be no hockey in Canada. So just how can you become a coach? How can you become certified? How can you work with other coaches to become a better coach?

Hockey Canada Programs - Checking - Body-checking is a critical skill in the upper levels of minor hockey that, when taught and performed properly and safely, can create quality scoring opportunities or help a team regain control of the puck.

Hockey Canada Programs - Officiating - The officials are the third team on the ice, without whom the game would not happen. The six levels of Hockey Canada’s officiating program take officials from the lowest divisions of minor hockey through the top levels of hockey in Canada, and the international game.

Hockey Canada Programs - Female - With Canada’s success on the international stage, female hockey has continued to grow. Opportunities for players, coaches and officials to be involved in minor hockey and high performance programs have increased in large part to programs and events held across Canada.

Hockey Canada Programs - Parents - Being a hockey parent is no easy task. Hockey parents are often called upon to wear many different volunteer hats, some of which result in conflicting roles. A hockey parent may be a coach, evaluator, director or a referee – any of whom is required to make decisions in everyone’s best interest while still being a mom or dad wanting what’s best for his or her own child.

Why Do We Make Our Kids Play Like Adults? Managing Parents... - A short 4:30 video looks at the the impact of the Youth Development Review from a Club and League point of view.

Hockey Canada Programs - Safety - Hockey Canada makes safety a top priority for all players and participants involved with hockey. Through programming such as the Hockey Canada Safety Program and the Speak Out Program as well as through initiatives such as the Hockey Canada concussion app for smartphones they continue to build respect and safety for all involved.

Hockey Canada Programs - Concussions - Hockey Canada is determined to reduce concussions in Hockey. RESPECT, rules, rule enforcement, education, awareness and skill development are all key steps to reducing concussions. Players and adults involved in the game all have a role.

Hockey Canada - Minor Hockey Associations - The goal of every Minor Hockey Association (MHA) should be to give each player the best possible chance to participate, have fun and succeed.

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