However, going from playing professional to coaching the game’s newest players proved to be a challenge at time when figuring how to adjust his instruction.
“I think the biggest thing for me was making the parents keep in mind that these kids are eight years old… They’ve got to come to the rink and have fun. It’s all about skating and skill development. It’s just a huge learning curve for these kids.”
Minor hockey doesn’t exist without parent-coaches. Being transparent with the rest of the parent group and having the ability to separate ‘coach’ from ‘dad’ are two of the biggest tips for those looking to volunteer on the bench.
Still, it comes down to balancing the needs of the players and the coaches. Some coaches are more suited to coaching an older age group as opposed to meeting the needs of a U10 team. For those coaching younger players, they need to be adept at working with younger players to provide a learning environment and teaching skills.