Archive for May, 2016

Fightshape Radio Podcast

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2016 by mboyle1959

Here’s a link to part 1 of my interview with Mitch at Fightshape Radio. Hope you enjoy it.

This Might Be The Most Important Article for Hockey Parents Ever Written!

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Youth Training on May 9, 2016 by mboyle1959

I know, strong headline but I believe it. If you are a parent of a young hockey player please read this and think about it.

Placing you child ( male or female) on the wrong team can be a huge mistake.

My friend ( and fellow hockey strength and conditioning coach) Kevin Neeld says “if your not one of the five best players on your team you might belong on a lower team”.

The Right Team vs The Elite Team


The Accountability Problem in Youth Sports

Posted in Guest Authors, Training, Youth Training on May 6, 2016 by mboyle1959

This is another great piece from the people at Changing the Game Project.

I think as parents we can all have bad days at the field or the rink but this is a great reminder of how it should be.

The Accountability Problem in Youth Sports

“Thanks so much for your talk the other day,” wrote a coach from Calgary, Alberta to us recently. “It was so refreshing to hear that message, especially in light of the news I returned home to.”

“My friend spent the weekend coaching his son at a spring hockey tournament for 9 and 10 year olds,” he wrote. “He’s a pretty level headed guy and cares about the kids a lot, but the stories from the tournament were scary. He told me about three coaches getting kicked out for arguing with refs. He told me about a grandpa getting kicked out for arguing with refs. He told me about parents from his team asking other parents to please stop swearing at the kids from the stands. He told me about one kid cold-cocking another off a faceoff.”

The Accountability Problem in Youth Sports


Are You An Outside the Box Thinker? There’s a Reason There’s a Box

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2016 by mboyle1959

I wrote this for my site a few years ago and thought I’d share it with a wider audience.

How often have you heard someone described as an “out of the box thinker” or heard someone praised for “thinking outside the box?” This is usually considered a compliment. However in a recent conversation with one of my clients who happens to be a world renowned plastic surgeon, I made the statement that forms the title for this article. THERE IS A REASON THERE IS A BOX. I went on to say that I thought most people would do well to really familiarize themselves with the inside of the box. I like to think that the coaches I admire could be described as someone who knows the subject matter “inside and out” vs. someone who thinks outside the box.

Coach John Wooden has a great quote:

“If you spend too much time learning the tricks of the trade, you may not learn the trade.”

There’s a Reason There’s a Box


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Summer Training for Pee Wees and U12’s?

Posted in Updates, Youth Training with tags on May 2, 2016 by mboyle1959

Here’s another great reminder from USA Hockey.

PS- 11- 12 is a great time to introduce the summer off ice concept.

Division 1 Coaches Advice for 12 and Under