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Ask any kid coming out of a good hockey program, high school coaches who have been on the bench for more than 10 years have no clue about current systems.
Our high school coaches (of a pretty successful D-1 program) preached to defensemen "Get it out!" "Off the glass!" "Ice It!" to the kids for years. One defensemen said, "I would get killed on my other coaches if I battled for a puck, won it and then threw it away...it's all about puck possession."
Yes- as the kids move past middle school hockey a lot of the focus turns to PP or PK.
A good coach will have all players practice each during the week so all the kids get reps, but come game time teams will have roughly 5 forwards and 3 D used for PP and 4 forwards and 3 D for PK. Again, most coaches will keep all players taking meaningful reps during the week in case of injury (next man up mentality).
Its a tough pill to swallow for some parents but the kids get it.
Pond Hockey plus Basketball minus cheerios equals a bologna sandwich .
A clinic to teach special teams.... I have heard it all now !
If your kid is pee wee age or older and your coach is not dedicating 1 entire practice a week to PK and PP then you you are overpaying for your hockey !
Let them have thier skills night, one practice for small area games or battles and transitioning the stuff they learned in skills to game type situations and then one practice primarily for PK and PP scenarios.
sprinkle in some specific skill type stuff, like rebounds, tips drills, collecting passes off the boards or in open ice and then some shooting drills for players and goalies.
and a good coach should be able to combine about five of those things listed above in 1 drill and teach the fundamentals of forwards and Defense at the same time.