Coaching Philosophy and Team Expectations
The coaching staff places fun and development of each player’s hockey skills at the top of our priorities. We will strive to win each and every game, but not at the costs of fun and development. We expect the stronger players to help the weaker players elevate their play, though not at the expense of the stronger player’s development. Hockey is a team game, which means the team is only as strong as its weakest player. We endorse team play, good sportsmanship, individual and team improvement. We respect the facilities we play in, their staff, coaches, players, referees, parents and minor hockey officials. We expect anyone associated with our team to do the same.
- A positive hockey experience in a safe environment.
- Continuous encouragement and enthusiasm.
- The development of the team and the individuals.
- The promotion of team pride and unity.
- The values of hard work and determination.
The coaching staff expects the players to conduct themselves properly in and around the arena, to abide by team rules and be committed to the team.
We expect the parents to conduct themselves properly in and around the rink, to abide by team rules and to be supportive of all players and coaching staff.
We will strive to provide an enjoyable experience for all players.
Discipline is a necessary part of the smooth running of any team. We find that it is best to discuss the topics of sportsmanship, commitment and team play before they become an issue.
- Show respect for teammates, coaches, officials and opponents
- Play within the rules: no intentional penalties or cheap shots will be tolerated
- Put the team first: praise your teammates; use your teammates; go for team goals ahead of your own.
- Show commitment to the team: take responsibility for what you contribute to games and practices; work hard during games AND practices;
- Give your full attention to your coaches when they are speaking in the dressing room, on the bench and at practice.
- Be on time for practices and games: in the dressing room 1 hour before the game and 30 minutes before the practice and fully dressed 10 minutes before we go on the ice.
- Offensive language will not be tolerated in the dressing room, on the bench or on the ice.
Players whom disregard team rules will receive a verbal warning at the first occurrence. If the action persists, it will result in shortened ice time, followed by a meeting with the player’s parents to discuss an improvement plan.
The players are expected to support their teammates by attending all games and practices. If a player is missing practices we will discuss the reason with his/her parents and see if a resolution can be found. Sufficient notification of absenteeism is required.
- Cheer for the team, not just your favorite player.
- Be a team-building block, not a stumbling block.
- Realize that team rules are for everyone, all the time.
- 10 minutes before games and 5 minutes after are players and coaching staff time.
- Use appropriate language (no profanity)
- Be supportive of coaches and officials.
- Show respect for other players and their parents.
I do not believe in having a team liaison. I believe in being approachable and available to parents. However, I will not tolerate any disruptive or disrespectful behavior anytime, especially at the rink or in the presence of the players. If you have an issue that you would like to discuss with me and emotions are involved, a 24 hour cool down period is requested before discussions are to occur.