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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Let’s play high school hockey!


By Hal Tearse

November signals the beginning of a new season of high school hockey in Minnesota. The excitement and anticipation gives way to practices and games for 16 weeks, culminating in early March with the state tournament. Much has changed in the high school game over the years, but at its core it remains the same. Teenagers play the high school game, and as we all know, they are sometimes a bit unpredictable.

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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.

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