Are You a Player’s Coach?

If you are not a “player’s coach,” then who are you coaching? It is the coach’s responsibility to create an environment that is positive and committed to the development of each individual on the team. Like a rising tide lifts all boats, if we help a player make improvements in their physical, psychological, technical, orContinue reading “Are You a Player’s Coach?”

Join the Conversation about the ‘Tough Stuff’ of Being a Head Coach

Register: To register for this free event, sign up below. Subscribers to the Coaching Project newsletter will automatically receive an invite and do not need to register. Invitations will be sent out on Tuesday, May 18 with the link to the Zoom meeting. There is a limit of 100 participants. Details Join us on Tuesday,Continue reading “Join the Conversation about the ‘Tough Stuff’ of Being a Head Coach”

Learning from Women’s Ice-Hockey

The rules of a game dictate constraints and affordances. In women’s ice-hockey, body checking is a minor penalty and therefore the players are constrained to defend without it. However, they are afforded the opportunity to develop critical defending skills such as using the stick effectively, taking away space with angling, and getting above the puckContinue reading “Learning from Women’s Ice-Hockey”

How Range of Knowledge Impacts Coaching

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” – Abraham Maslow In the book, Range, by David Epstein the concept of having “range” is provided as a predictor of success over the long-term. It explains why “generalists triumph in aContinue reading “How Range of Knowledge Impacts Coaching”

What is Breakthrough Knowledge?

Breakthrough knowledge hits you hard. It fundamentally changes your opinion in a way there is no turning back. It can be uncomfortable because it forces you to accept that you have been wrong about something or your thinking has been incomplete. It can also be energizing because you have found something brand new to explore; somethingContinue reading “What is Breakthrough Knowledge?”

Creating Offense – Attacking the Soft Areas

Joining the Coaching Project as a guest coach is Nick Carpenito, Associate Head Coach at Northeastern University Women’s Hockey. Northeastern is a top program in the NCAA; this year falling just short of the National Championship in overtime vs. the University of Wisconsin. Prior to coaching at Northeastern, Nick was an Assistant Coach at UnionContinue reading “Creating Offense – Attacking the Soft Areas”

First Principle of Coaching

The word, “coach” comes from the Hungarian word, “kocsi” Kocs is a small Hungarian village that is known for building horse drawn carts, called “kosci”. These carts transported people between Budapest and Vienna in the 15th century. Kosci were designed to transport people from where they are to where they want to go. A simplyContinue reading “First Principle of Coaching”

Using the Net in the Offensive Zone

Andrew Dovey joins the Coaching Project as a guest coach this month to talk about using the net in the offensive zone. Andrew is an experienced collegiate hockey coach, currently serving as Assistant Coach with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Prior to U of T, Andrew was an Assistant Coach at Canisius College inContinue reading “Using the Net in the Offensive Zone”