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Re: Finding Good Coaches

I would think a handful of post college aged kids trying to break into coaching would jump at the chance at the higher youth levels. Build a little resume and move up the ladder similar to what assistant h.s. coaches are doing.

I agree, these guys exist and some of them do a really good job. However, as others have pointed out, a 25-year-old guy right out of college has no idea how to communicate with a 10-year-boy on a normal day, forget it if the kid is going through something at home or school.

I will never forget a rant I heard a childless, but well-meaning assistant go on about kids tying their own skates. It was a squirt minor team and we had 3 kids with OT issues. OT issues were not on his radar. I know this is a convenient and contrived example, but it demonstrates my point. You would be very lucky to find this kind of guy, who really knows hockey and really knows kids.

Also, add to it, that a guy like this almost by definition could be coaching a team for the very first time. Ask any coach how much they have learned with experience. How many other situations would you put your child in where a non-parent is running the show and learning on the fly for the first time? The hockey season is very long in club hockey. It isn't like a 10 week U8 soccer thing.

I will also say this, and it is a generalization, but I have seen many cases where young, single, well meaning coaches, get offered "real" jobs in October, coaching jobs or just more demanding jobs, and suddenly their commitment to peewee hockey gets lost.

As a parent, I am going to be there. Sure, I'll miss the odd game or practice because I have a job, but I love coaching, and love my kids and I am committed to both.

Re: Finding Good Coaches

Someone would have to financially well of to take a job that requires hundreds of hours a year for 3k to coach youth hockey if there kid was not involved. Sure there may be some who do it or supplement their incomes other ways but let's be realistic. Vast majority of all coaches are "daddy coaches" and many of them do a great job.

Re: Finding Good Coaches

I find the term daddy coach to be hilarious. You think Claude Julian is going to come down and coach in the BHL for 3k a year?
There are tons of really qualified people that would make good non-daddy coaches if the programs would pay them a fair wage - and actually pay them. i know several that have gotten stiffed.

Tuition would go up by a few hundred dollars and you may or may not be better off. "Professional" coaches will be hit or miss like parent coaches, and many times won't have the faintest idea how to communicate with a kid. Think about that post-college kid...won't have any idea how to deal with young kids. Bantam and up different story.