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Coach's Tryouts

Many parents struggle this time of year with the dilemma of either trying out for a new team to advance their player's development or staying put on a team for convenience and familiarity but a 'not so good' coach. Here's a quick checklist to help determine if your coach makes the cut.

If your coach does the same five drills at the end of the season as he did at the beginning of the season, it's time to move on.

If your coach has not had a one-on-one mid-season meeting or provided any meaningful feedback to your player on what they need to specifically work on to improve, it's time to move on.

If year over year, your coach's idea of making the team more competitive is picking up talent via tryouts - but the results year over year remain the same, it's time to move on.

If your team's season ALWAYS ends a week or two before four to six other teams, it's time to move on.

If at the end of each season, your coach talks about how much the players have improved and how competitive the team will be next year, don't take the bait again....it's time to move on.

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Many parents struggle this time of year with the dilemma of either trying out for a new team to advance their player's development or staying put on a team for convenience and familiarity but a 'not so good' coach. Here's a quick checklist to help determine if your coach makes the cut.

If your coach does the same five drills at the end of the season as he did at the beginning of the season, it's time to move on.

If your coach has not had a one-on-one mid-season meeting or provided any meaningful feedback to your player on what they need to specifically work on to improve, it's time to move on.

If year over year, your coach's idea of making the team more competitive is picking up talent via tryouts - but the results year over year remain the same, it's time to move on.

If your team's season ALWAYS ends a week or two before four to six other teams, it's time to move on.

If at the end of each season, your coach talks about how much the players have improved and how competitive the team will be next year, don't take the bait again....it's time to move on.


so i'll bite. how many ticks to reach breaking point?

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If you're unhappy with your kids situation and your wife keeps telling you, "let me talk to the coach" it's definitely time to move on!

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question? why is your wife allowed in a rink? If she's at the rink, who is home doing laundry and cooking?

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The real question is why do the families have to move on? If the coach is not doing all these things and or their kid is not keeping up, the coach has to man up and step aside or the parents need to help the move get made. It is not a bad thing, coach can cut kids and parents need to cut coach. One needs to be careful that they have a better option but if many of the things on this list are happening.... time to cut the coach.

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The real question is why do the families have to move on? If the coach is not doing all these things and or their kid is not keeping up, the coach has to man up and step aside or the parents need to help the move get made. It is not a bad thing, coach can cut kids and parents need to cut coach. One needs to be careful that they have a better option but if many of the things on this list are happening.... time to cut the coach.


It would be great if you could get most parents on board to evaluate a coach each season, but it just doesn't work that way. Many lousy coaches think they are doing parents a huge favor by coaching - their time primarily. Some club coaches confuse their ability with that of recreational town hockey, which is really where they belong.

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ANON
The real question is why do the families have to move on? If the coach is not doing all these things and or their kid is not keeping up, the coach has to man up and step aside or the parents need to help the move get made. It is not a bad thing, coach can cut kids and parents need to cut coach. One needs to be careful that they have a better option but if many of the things on this list are happening.... time to cut the coach.


It would be great if you could get most parents on board to evaluate a coach each season,


Especially this time of year, as a few weeks ago some of the coaches were the greatest coaches since sliced bread and part of the most enjoyable season they have had as parents while there kid truly developed this year...fast forward to eval time and those same coaches are lying, untruthful and dishonest because their kid was dropped, cut, not moved up, bypassed for another kid, or not offered a contract or spoken to about returning prior to evals.

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ANON
The real question is why do the families have to move on? If the coach is not doing all these things and or their kid is not keeping up, the coach has to man up and step aside or the parents need to help the move get made. It is not a bad thing, coach can cut kids and parents need to cut coach. One needs to be careful that they have a better option but if many of the things on this list are happening.... time to cut the coach.


It would be great if you could get most parents on board to evaluate a coach each season, but it just doesn't work that way. Many lousy coaches think they are doing parents a huge favor by coaching - their time primarily. Some club coaches confuse their ability with that of recreational town hockey, which is really where they belong.
Some club parents think club hockey isn't recreational hockey, which is really what it is.

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There is so much youth hockey opportunity out there. Even if you have a decent coach, after a couple of years its a good idea to go get exposure to different coaching. If you've been on board a mediocre team for a couple of years, do yourself and your player a favor and at least go tryout elsewhere. It may just be the best thing you can do for your little bender's development.