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Gaining Exposure or Being Exposed?

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on May 4, 2014 by mboyle1959

As a parent, I’m living this right now. Do you train to get better or, do you try to get “seen”.

Even limiting summer hockey to 2-3 tournaments can be tough. If you “must”, pick 2-3 that work with a good training schedule. Summer time is training time. If you really want to improve you need at least 10 weeks of good quality strength and conditioning in the summer.

Gaining Exposure or, Being Exposed

http://www.admkids.com/news_article/show/377168?referrer_id=940598

Awesome Article on What D1 Lacrosse Coaches Do With Their Own Kids

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on April 30, 2014 by mboyle1959

Nothing is more telling than what we do as a parent. I have said this over and over. We need to lead our kids ( and maybe force them) in the right direction.

In my case my 14 year old daughter plays ice hockey at a national level but plays soccer, has competed in Judo ( Mass State Champ at age 10) as well as swimming and diving. I am just now letting her specialize in her chosen sport, ice hockey.

My 9 year old plays ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse and has done swimming, flag football and soccer.

Take a look at what Division 1 Lacrosse coaches do with their kids.

Thanks to Chris Leavy for this one.

Just Because You Volunteer Doesn’t Mean You Have Any Less Responsibility

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on April 24, 2014 by mboyle1959

Great piece from my good friend Anthony Donskov

I write this article as a Coach, not as a niche strength and conditioning professional, but as a Coach. The word Coach has tremendous meaning and implication regardless of sport or activity, paid or unpaid. We are life changers! We have the ability to instill values, create work ethic, and provide a positive culture for young men and women. Ask any middle aged person and chances are some of the most important and influential people in their lives have been coaches. This is a responsibility, and with great responsibility comes accountability! Regardless if you are a paid professional or a volunteer, you have the ability to change lives! Just because you volunteer doesn’t mean you have any less responsibility!

Most (not all) volunteer coaches have their children actively participating in the respective sport/activity. I’m sure everyone’s heart is in the right place, but consider, youth coaching has a profound impact on overall athletic development. Here’s how:

Motor patterns are groomed
Neuro-muscular patterns are set
Habits (good or bad) are ingrained
EXPERIENCES are remembered! Did the kids have FUN?
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I have witnessed youth hockey practices where young children spend 40 minutes of a 50-minute practice standing in line waiting for drills. Is this fun? Is this organized? Are kids developing? Full field youth soccer scrimmages where athletes never touch the ball. I have also seen 90-minute youth football practices where coaches are talking systems without developing any type of skill set (running, catching, throwing, changing direction). It’s great that young Tommy knows the fly right, catch 22 pattern, but he can’t run OR catch the ball so how the hell is he going to get there? Below are three things that need to be considered before you volunteer as a coach.

Make the Choice: I have tremendous respect for anyone who volunteers his/her time. Everyone has a schedule to keep and volunteer coaches are no different. Time is a huge factor. Having a full time job and family make it difficult to plan and organize practice. If your not organized, your players will take notice. Make the choice to be organized! Whether that’s learning from an experienced coach, stealing practice plans (there are great practice resources all over the internet), or going to a few lectures. This IMPACTS the environment and aids in development! Make the choice! You have a responsibility to do so! You’re a COACH!

Keep Moving: When in doubt, keep kids moving. Jumping, running, throwing, catching, skating, stick handling, shooting, passing are all fundamental movements/skills that must be mastered before any system work commences. It’s also FUN! I call this camouflage work. Kids are having so much fun they don’t even know their working.

FUN: Kids want to have fun! Waiting in line isn’t fun, nor is a 2-1-2 fore-check system for a nine year old or playing soccer without touching the ball. Divide the field/ice. Allow kids to play small area games with the ball/puck. This promotes fast decision-making, running, skating, passing, stick handling, teamwork; ball/puck touches and is a ton of FUN!

Being a Coach is an honor and privilege. It holds more validity than we may ever know to the young men and women that we come in contact with. Just because you’re not getting paid doesn’t mean this doesn’t apply to you. Make the choice, keep moving and have Fun! In twenty years you may have changed more lives than you possibly could have imagined. This is worth more than money can buy!

Anthony Donskov, MS, CSCS, PES, is a former collegiate and professional hockey player, founder of Donskov Strength and Conditioning Inc., (www.donskovsc.com) and Head Instructor/Director of Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning for Donskov Hockey Development (www.donskovhockey.com). He can be reached at info@donskovsc.com .

Ten Things That Truly Passionate People Do Differently

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on April 22, 2014 by mboyle1959

This is a great post from a site called EliteDaily.com that might make some of you feel better about your behavior.

http://elitedaily.com/money/entrepreneurship/10-things-that-truly-passionate-people-do-differently/

Working the Floor?

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized with tags , on April 16, 2014 by mboyle1959

This was a great article for any personal trainer from our Strengthcoach.com site

I just read a thread in the Business Forum that had advice that blew me away. I’m not sure how many readers visit the Business Forum so I’d thought I summarize some of our readers’ thoughts on working the floor in a commercial gym. The value in this advice is tremendous and the reality is, this is where many of us start our careers. If I’m guessing your are getting the benefit of 70-80 years of experience here.

Steve Head- Sport and Health Inc Master Trainer

Before you “correct” someone (assuming not in eminent danger), introduce yourself. Learn their name, and use it every chance you get for a couple weeks, then after you’ve built a bit of rapport, they are far more likely to be open, receptive as oppposed to closed and defensve, which is a far more typical reaction. ?Make it a point, everyday to meet and learn the names of 5 members. I have picked up numerous clients with whom I did this, even if it was several months later. If, when they decide on training, guess who they are going to hire? You!

T o read the rest go to http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/Working-the-Floor.cfm

A Misinformed Road To Success

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, MBSC News, Media, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on April 11, 2014 by mboyle1959

From David Conte – Executive Vice President, Hockey Operations/ Director, Scouting. Entering 30th season with NJ Devils, 21st as team’s Director of Scouting NJ Devils, Stanley Cup 1995, 2000 & 2002.

Dave Conti – To Parents and Players

Parents and players are more interested in playing for rewards and for recognition rather than for pure joy.

When you do this, this limits chances of advancements, the very thing that parents and players seem to want,

they are precluded by a misinformed road map.

It is self-indulgent, all of this pursuit to go to Quebec to be in the supposed top tournament. What about citizenship? What about responsibility? The emphasis on winning results in players who are over-zealous and (unnaturally) aggressive. This emphasis deters skill development and enjoyment.

It starts at a young age; the play is too physical. Kids want to play with their friends and enjoy it for what it is. Look at kids in a skate board park.. There are no adults telling them what to do or evaluating them. They are uninhibited, inventive, just like when I was a kid playing pond hockey or street hockey.

We need more people with a love of the game.

Genetics play a big part in skill, but you see it evaporate in kids. Kids you see, who have ability when they are young, 8,10, 12 years of age, then it’s not there at 14 or 15. Why are kids leaving the sport at 14 or 15? There is too much emphasis on trophies.

These summer exposure tournaments are a big waste of time.

If you play in the summer it should be for fun. You have these people who run these things telling parents and players that if you do not participate that you will not gain recognition.

I will find you!

I do not go to these things. They are a waste.

People are too worried about status and jackets.

You need to do challenging drills,… that is how you get better.

Young players are lacking because too many people are telling them what to do and how to play, because of this they don’t think.

You don’t need exposure, you need to get better”.

The Slow Death of Dump and Chase Hockey

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on April 10, 2014 by mboyle1959

This is another great read for youth hockey coaches and youth hockey parent from the legendary Jack Blatherwick.

The best analogy in all these articles is to imagine a basketball coach screaming “pass it to the other team and defend”. How silly does that sound? That’s hockey coaching at the U-10 level some days?

If you really want your kid to be good:

1- play 1/2 ice early and often.

2- find a coach who doesn’t care about winning

3- find a coach passionate about offense who will tolerate mistakes

I have a friend in an NHL front office who said “we only draft offensive players. We can make offensive players into defensive players with good coaching in the minors but we can never make defensive players into offensive players”.

http://www.getsportiq.com/2013/11/the-slow-death-of-dump-and-chase-hockey/

 

Hockey Parents PLEASE Read This.

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on April 9, 2014 by mboyle1959

I can’t tell you how many times I have the “1/2 ice conversation” with parents. Parents just don’t get it. One of the big complaints in town hockey is lack of ice time but tell some frustrated NHL-coach- wanna-be that he has half a sheet and he rolls his eyes.

PLEASE take a minute and read this. The bottom line is that everyone who actually knows anything about hockey development favors 1/2 ice practice, 1/2 ice games and small games. If you don’t, ask yourself why?

Think Small for Big Gains in Learning Hockey

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/jason+gregor+think+small+gains+learning/8974755/story.html

Why BMI is a Waste of Time?

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Guest Authors, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females with tags on April 7, 2014 by mboyle1959

One of our clients wanted me to write an article on why using BMI is a waste of time. To be honest, I thought BMI had gone the way of blood letting and leeches  ( cue Steve Martin SNL skit for those over 45) but, apparently not. Our client is a well built, strong man in his sixties who is being told by his doctor that he is overweight. The article below, although the title references female bodies, does an excellent job of poking holes in the BMI idea.

http://fozmeadows.tumblr.com/post/80930076791/female-bodies-a-weighty-issue

 

 

Spring Hockey?

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , , on April 3, 2014 by mboyle1959

I was quoted in this post from USA Hockey yesterday. I know we have mentioned this numerous times but, it bears repeating.

“The end of the hockey season can be a sad time for the hockey community. Even as the weather gets warmer and the days a little longer, the idea of less time at the rink is difficult for everyone.

But the changing seasons are a major opportunity for parents. Between the ages of 10 and 12, kids shouldn’t identify themselves as one-sport athletes. Looking for different opportunities to develop new skills and play a different game can be a great way to avoid the type of burnout that prevents a boy or girl from enjoying hockey later in life.

Even if a boy or girl loves to play the game, a few months spent focusing on a different sport is incredibly beneficial….”

to read the entire article, click below.

http://www.admkids.com/news_article/show/370248?referrer_id=940598

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