John Russo

The effort button: Where is it?

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

The title of this article might lead you to believe that there is an easy way to get players to “put out.” While that isn’t true, it does relate to what some coaches call “taking a holiday.” There are many other names for the problem that coaches constantly are faced with: lack of intensity, poor pace, taking a shift or period or game off.

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End-of-season assessments for coaches

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

The end of the season is nearly here for many high school teams, and not far off for most other youth teams. It’s time to do a self assessment to “measure” how well the season is going or how it went – for coaches.

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Dealing with team unity

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

Every hockey team is made up of 15 to 25 individuals that must operate as a whole to get the best performance. As all coaches know, this is not automatic, nor is it easy to attain. Some teams (such as high school) have players that have been together at least every other year for 6-10 years. Sometimes this helps unity, sometimes it hurts.

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Development of key pieces

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

Winning teams have certain skills within the rosters. Offensive defensemen and defensive forwards are two of them. Here are some tips for developing these skills.

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2-on-1: It’s the game

 

By John Russo
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

 

After a few years, most coaches understand that one of the most important aspects of coaching/teaching involves identifying the “pieces” of the game. Good teams have players that understand these pieces and can execute them. Poor teams do not understand, cannot execute, or both. Of course, execution also has to be at a good intensity level as well – but that is actually one of the pieces. Let’s look at the most important of the pieces: the 2-on-1. It is the make or break in most games.

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