The Baffled Parent's Guide to Coaching Youth Hockey

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"This is a great book that touches on the most important parts of the game: sportsmanship, discipline, and most importantly, fun.—Larry Robinson, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, six-time Stanley Cup Champion

Coach. You thought you were just going to sign up your child for the youth league, but when no one else stepped forward, you volunteered to coach the team. But you can't tell a flip pass from a slap shot or an angle check from a hip check! Don't panic—Coaching Youth ...

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Overview

"This is a great book that touches on the most important parts of the game: sportsmanship, discipline, and most importantly, fun.—Larry Robinson, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, six-time Stanley Cup Champion

Coach. You thought you were just going to sign up your child for the youth league, but when no one else stepped forward, you volunteered to coach the team. But you can't tell a flip pass from a slap shot or an angle check from a hip check! Don't panic—Coaching Youth Hockey is here to help.

From your first team meeting to the season-ending pizza party, Coaching Youth Hockey will get you started and keep you going. You'll learn how to teach the fundamental skills of passing, stickhandling, shooting, and checking. You'll even learn to develop your own coaching style—one that works best for you and your players. Before you know it, you'll be coaching players who are moving, motivated, and most of all, having fun.

  • Survive your first practice and first game
  • Match drills to ability
  • Make practices safe, fun, and rewarding
  • Improve your players and your team
  • Reach all your players
  • Be the coach you never had

"A must-read book that provides guidelines for both parents and coaches in their relationships with young athletes."—Lou Lamoriello, CEO, president, and general manager, New Jersey Devils

"Just what hockey needs! Everything you may encounter with young players can be answered in the pages of this extremely well-written book."—Tom McVie, forty-nine years in pro hockey as a player, coach, and scout

"I was totally confused about instructing my sons when they played hockey. This book would have prevented me from ever having been baffled."—Stan Fischler, "The Hockey Maven," NHL analyst for MSG SportsDesk, and author of Fischler's Illustrated History of Hockey

"Bruce Driver's success as a player came from being a student of the game. He has applied his knowledge of hockey to this coaching guide in an extremely thorough way. A must-read for all youth coaches."—Grant Standbrook, head recruiter and assistant coach, Maine Black Bears; former head coach, Dartmouth College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071430111
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/20/2004
  • Series: Baffled Parent's Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 599,182
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Driver played 11 seasons for the New Jersey Devils, including the 1995 Stanley Cup championship team. He spent his last three NHL seasons playing for the New York Rangers. Clare Wharton is a longtime "hockey mom" and journalist.

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Table of Contents

Preface: In Canada, Every Kid Plays HockeyFrom Player to CoachIntroduction: Welcome Aboard, CoachHow to Use This BookA Word on Coaching StylePart One: Coaching 101: Everything You Need to Know about Coaching Youth Hockey1. Creating an Atmosphere of Good HabitsEstablish Your Identity as CoachQuestions and Answers2. Before Hitting the Ice: Hockey Clear and SimpleThe Ice RinkBare BasicsBasic RulesAs the Game Progresses3. Setting Up the SeasonFirst Things FirstSelecting an Assistant CoachThe Many Hats of a Team ManagerMeeting the ParentsHockey EquipmentQuestions and Answers4. Essential Skills and How to Teach ThemThe FundamentalsSkatingPassingStickhandlingShootingChecking5. GoaltendingThe Last Line of DefenseGoalie FundamentalsGoalie Drills6. Offense and DefenseOffensive FundamentalsDefensive Fundamentals7. The PracticePreparation and CooperationGetting Your Players to Respond to You ImmediatelyAlways Think SafetyFirst PracticePlanning the PracticePractice Session WorksheetGeneral Practice FormatPractice Success8. Sample PracticesBasic PracticeIntermediate PracticeIntermediate/Advanced PracticeQuestions and Answers9. The GameSet an ExampleRespect the OfficialsBe ReadyGame OverviewProblems and SolutionsQuestions and Answers10. Dealing with Parents and Gender IssuesPerspective on ParentsHelp Parents Look at the Big PictureKeeping Emotions in CheckAddressing Gender IssuesQuestions and AnswersPart Two: Drills: Foundations for the Growth of Players and Coaches11. Fundamental Drills12. Offensive Drills13. Defensive Drills14. Game Situation DrillsAppendixReferee SignalsGlossaryResourcesIndexAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    Best hockey guide I've ever read!

    This book answered more hockey questions than I knew to ask. The material is presented in a clear, straight-forward manner with plenty of helpful diagrams and hints to make anyone successful at coaching hockey. If you're a coach, it will serve as your ultimate guide. If you're a hockey parent, it will show you what the coach can and should be doing for your child and the team.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2004

    Not just for coaches

    This book should be required reading for every parent who has a young son or daughter who wants to play hockey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Passing on the love of the game

    A useful 'how-to' guide for both the novice and the expert. It puts the entire season into a clear and concise format with lots of resourceful drills and an emphasis on a coach¿s preparedness. All this while never letting us forget that the purpose for being involved in youth hockey is to make sure the kids have fun while they learn the game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    Great hockey guide!

    This is an excellent book for the novice and mature hockey student, coach and parents. It is skillfully written and can be used from beginner hockey players to pro. We owe both Bruce and Clare many thanks for this wonderful guide!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    The ultimate 'how-to' youth hockey book!

    I highly recommend this book! It is a well-written, well-organized book for the youth hockey coach and parent as well as for the avoid youth hockey fan. It covers all aspects of coaching youth hockey, from teaching the basics of the game through developing hockey skills and finally to playing the game itself. Most importantly, the book teaches the youth hockey coach and the parent how to develop the most important element of the game - the hockey player!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    Excellent coaching guide

    Picked up the book on 11/1/04...and since I am new to the hockey coaching world, helping with my daughters hockey teams, I figured this book could give me some insite. It did just that...it covers everything from getting yourself ready as a coach personally, right through the season...practice, meetings, games and the best....drills...lots of drills to use for different situations.....Great job Bruce...was well worth the wait.....

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