All hockey coaches should assist players with progressive improvement of their individual skills, with maximizing their individual potential and with developing a passion and love for the game.
The following concepts apply to all coaches at all levels
- Be teachers first: the subject matter is individual, team skills as well as the game of hockey.
- Set a good example for players and parents by being a good role model. Balance sportsmanship and winning. Show respect to other coaches, parents, players, opponents, spectators, officials and the property of others.
- Language will be appropriate for a youth hockey environment and not be vulgar, obscene and inappropriate. Gestures of a similar nature will not be directed at anyone.
- Focus on teaching skills in a logical progression: simple, complex, application to the game.
- Correct errors during drills.
- Conduct practices that build skills and reinforce teaching methods.
- Build players’ confidence and self-esteem by rotating demonstrators among all players.
- Treat players with respect and achieve a good balance between recognition and criticism. Players should be appropriately recognized in public and criticized in private wherever possible.
- Provide equal access to recognition. Statistics should not be used as a means for reward or punishment.
- Have a reasonable disciplinary policy for players, appropriate to the age level of the player. Communicate disciplinary policy to both parents and players at the start of the season.
- Consistently implement the discipline policy.
- At the competitive level, coaches should be creating an environment where all players grow.
- At the competitive level, coaches must understand the benefit of a balanced line-up in relation to overall team play, morale, self- esteem and confidence. There should be a fair approach to playing time.
- It is mandatory that all coaches are certified as per Hockey Quebec regulations (this applies to assistant coaches as well)
- Coaches are expected to attend scheduled coaches meetings.
- Coaches are expected to continue to upgrade their coaching kills
- Coaches are expected to uphold the policies of LMHF.
- Head coaches must have a parents meeting to discuss discipline, attendance, coaching approach, playing time, team goals, etc.