The Covid 19 lockdown has been a challenge in many ways, but it’s also given us something that hockey people clearly value: time and space.
It’s a simple concept. If you want to win a game, you need to create time and space for yourself and take it away from the other guy. Coaches reserve their time-outs for when they absolutely need them — when the need to defuse a situation or make the right decision is critical. And when a player commits an infraction, what do we do? We send them to spend some time away from the game in a little space all of their own. While they’re in that space we expect them to — in the immortal words of Charlestown Chiefs goaltender Denis Lemieux — “feel shame, you know.” To think.
So maybe a little time away from the thing you love is a good thing, right? Time away is time to reflect, to reevaluate, and to recharge batteries. Time not doing the same old things is an opportunity to think about how to do a few new things.
We’re big believers in coach communication. Our feedback platform is built specifically for that purpose. So we’re also big believers in coaching education, in helping create opportunities for coaches to talk with and learn from coaches who are knowledge leaders, and that’s why we support the efforts of The Coaches Site, the Glass and Out podcast, the Roger Neilson Coaches Clinic, and the Hockey Think Tank, among others.
If you’re a hockey coach with a little extra time and space right now — a coach who’s just counting the days until you can really get back in the game — and you want to take advantage of this time out to learn a few new things and hear a few new voices, we’ve got a deal for you.
Our partners at The Coaches Site are having a Spring Sale.
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Oh, and if you want to learn about effective and productive communication with your players and their parents, give us a buzz.
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