Jeff Indivero has spent 34 years in the game of hockey.
Growing up in the Syracuse NY area, he played in the Midstate Youth Hockey Association, then played varsity high school before moving on to NCAA Division 3 hockey at SUNY Cortland. Now in his 10th year behind the bench, Jeff is currently head coach with the Syracuse Nationals 2008 Boys AAA program, where he’s been using PowerPlayer to provide feedback to his players and their parents since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
What first attracted you to PowerPlayer?
I first found PowerPlayer through a LinkedIn post, then dug deeper and ended up on the website where I watched the videos and read the articles. I wanted to know more… so I contacted you. And here we are.
How does PowerPlayer fit into your coaching philosophy?
The thing I love most about coaching is seeing kids develop as both players and as people. And especially to see that ‘light bulb’ go on when they grasp a concept or skill we’ve been working on. PowerPlayer really helps bring clarity to coaching, and I’m a big believer in communicating with players, so we’re using it quite a bit. Early in the season we got the baseline stuff in—skating, puck skills, and fitness—and have been doing more of that, also inputting practice and gameplay ratings, and providing encouraging and instructional comments as the season has progressed.
I want to be sure I’m teaching each player the things they most need. Our kids are 9 years old, so they’re literally all over the development spectrum. Some have great physical skills but might be lacking focus. Some are really focused but lack physical skills. So I look to PowerPlayer to help me understand each player on a personal level, and to create practice plans that offer the right balance of team training and specifics for individual kids.
What has been the response from your players?
Right from the start the kids were hyper-competitive after they found out they’d be measured or rated. They love to compete even in things like pushups and vertical jump, and they’re for sure working harder in practices because we rate our practices from time to time — they just don’t know which ones!
Ditto game play. These kids are pretty smart about this stuff. We’ve actually used terms like ‘puck support’ and ‘body position’ for the last two years, so they know what we’re talking about when we use the PowerPlayer system to tell them how they did and when we provide comments to help them improve on specific things.
What has been the response from the parents?
I’m always open to meeting with players and parents, but having the PowerPlayer feedback and data there for everyone to see is great. I’m really providing feedback to try to get parents to help me help their kids. It just makes for a better experience for everyone.
With PowerPlayer I can consistently put feedback out, and track trends and that will help both the parents and me understand each player better. I try to provide at least one or two comments per week or so to really keep players and parents informed, and feedback from them on our use of the system has been great.
What’s the most exciting thing about PowerPlayer?
From my perspective, PowerPlayer is as advertised or better. The kids and parents love it, and I’m really enjoying the opportunity to communicate with them all in a new way.
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