Coaching tools for the 2016 season

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Happy August, fellow amateur coaches. As the season approaches, I suspect you have thought about how you plan to organize your season. There are master plans, goals to accomplish each month, starting with the first two weeks and then monthly after that. This progression gets lots of attention, so I want to address something else – tools for your season.

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Year-end thoughts

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

• This was my first year ever working with girls. I cannot thank the White Bear Lake High School girls enough for allowing me to be a part of their journey. As a group, they were thoughtful, coachable and extremely smart. I am expecting big things from them in the nearer future, like a state tournament appearance. Our group of senior girls were among the best and most natural leaders I have been around. I had gone into the season wondering how the “non-college hockey- bound” girls would dedicate themselves to the mission. Some of our better and most dedicated players on our team were those girls not planning on playing college hockey.  I learned more than a few things from these young women.

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A hockey world history lesson

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

It is state tournament time. It is our homecoming for the State of Hockey and we have much to be thankful for. I am excited to be back from a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic. I plan to appreciate everything here at home even more, including the anthem we all stand for before our games.

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Thoughts on hockey parents

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

My first thought for the week is to congratulate and thank Gina Boots for her submission in last week’s edition of Let’s Play Hockey. Her articulation of her perspective was awesome. The issue with parents being too involved or just “too” has always been and always will be. I hope and wish her words will help. But I have my strong reservations.

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Fire the coach

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

This past fall, I was in line at the local coffee shop when I turned to look behind me at others in line and noticed right behind me a man in full Minesota Wild apparel.  I was in the midst of feeling purple myself (in full Viking fan mode). This guy was getting a jump on the season or so it seemed to me.

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