Hal Tearse

“Coach said ...”


By Hal Tearse

There are 53.8 million kids playing sports in the United States and the most common phrases they all say to each other and their parents is, “Coach said ….” Because kids pay close attention to what their coaches say and do, coaches hold great power to influence young people.

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Cold, dry hands: The short bench


By Hal Tearse

Hockey is a team game and youth hockey is for the enjoyment and development of all the players. At the college and professional ranks, teams play three lines regularly and often times use the fourth line. In youth hockey, the holy grail of “winning” is too often used to relegate the third line to the bench in many games.

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Parents are responsible for team success


By Hal Tearse

In today’s world of youth sports, parents are interwoven into the fabric of the teams on which their kids play. This is quite a change from 20 years ago when the kids were dropped off at the rink and picked up a couple hours later. 


Because parents are so much more involved in the teams, they also have a significant role in the season outcome. By understanding their roles, parents can help their kids have a great season and achieve more than their kids anticipated.

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Keep high school hockey strong and vibrant


By Hal Tearse

The high school hockey season is about to begin its 18-week mad dash that concludes with a state tournament for boys and girls unlike any amateur event in the country. Young boys and girls have worked hard for many years, hoping to have a chance to play in the fabled event.

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Helping your kids through tryouts


By Hal Tearse

The onset of fall is also the beginning of tryouts for youth teams all across Minnesota. Tryouts are a time of high anxiety on the part of players, parents, administrators and coaches. Nobody involved particularly likes the process, but we need to go through it in order to form teams and begin the season.


In spite of the stress and anxiety that tryouts generate, this is a great time for parents to help their kids face some of the realities in life and also learn to understand some of the myths that surround tryouts.

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