I'd like to add this from a refs perspective. A coach that knows the game of hockey, including the rules tends to be a better coach. It's very tough for kids to learn the game when the coach has no idea what's going on and is screaming at the officials because of it. This then causes the kids to see that it's okay to complain to officials any time a penalty is called. So few coaches actually take the time to explain rules (other than offsides or icing) and that makes it very frustrating.elliott70 wrote:Great point, T.boblee wrote:I am in my first season in the Moorhead Youth Organization. One thing I have learned, is you have to incoporate fun. I know that is probably a no brainer, but it is completely necessary. If the kids aren't having fun, something isn't working.
Something coaches sometimes overlook...
not because they don't want it, but they get caught up in 'teaching the game'.
Had a coach from a southern team last year at the Bantam level. Everytime a penalty was called against his team, he would throw his arms in the air. After about the third one, his players started doing it as well. That is a negative trickle-down effect if I've ever seen one. If a coach treats officials and other members of the game with respect, so will his players.