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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

 

Summer Training for Pee Wees and U12’s?

Posted in StrengthCoach.com 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

Summer Training for Nine Year Olds

Posted in Hockey, MBSC News, Training, Youth Training with tags on April 28, 2016 by mboyle1959

I  wanted to re-post this again as we move into the summer. This was originally written a few years ago in response to a question for a former athlete.

With the new Facebook and Twitter feeds I think it will get a lot more views.

Q- I need to put together a summer plan for my 9 yr old hockey team. Obviously I don’t want to look like a crazy person, but it would be something that I think could be good for my own kids as well. Is it too young?

My first reaction was to say “are you crazy”? Instead, slightly tongue-in-cheek I developed the plan below.

Step 1- play another sport. Lacrosse is highly recommended as it has similar skills to hockey although baseball is fine. This does not mean another sport in addition to hockey. Summer is the off season.

Step 2- Cancel all hockey camp registrations except 1 week. Pick your favorite that has the largest number of your friends attending and go to that one. Ideally look for a camp that only has you on the ice once a day. No need to get blisters. You won’t get better in a week anyway.

Step 3- Cancel any summer hockey leagues you are scheduled for. The best players in the world never play summer hockey and, they never have. The only conceivable exception would be a weekly skill session lasting one hour. Another exception would be “play”. If ice is available and the kids can play, let them. Please remember play means NO COACHES or COACHING.

Step 4- Reread steps 1-3. Acknowledge that the key problem in youth sports is parents applying adult values to children’s activities.

Step 5- Go to the nearest bike shop. Get nice bikes for everyone in the family

Step 6- Ride the bikes, not in a race. For fun. Maybe put a few hockey cards in the spokes to make noise.

Step 7- Head to Walmart and buy fishing rods.

Step 8- Take the fishing rods to the nearest lake and fish.

Now that is an off-season plan for any nine year old.

Power Athlete Podcast

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on April 5, 2016 by mboyle1959

A few weeks ago I went on the Power Athlete Podcast with John Welbourn and Luke Summers and talked training. Interesting conversation with the guys that developed Crossfit Football

Here’s the link:

Power Athlete Podcast

The Dangers of Junk Food

Posted in Fat Loss, Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Youth Training with tags on March 28, 2016 by mboyle1959

A great Mercola article that no one can argue with.

The Dangers of Junk Food

ACL Injury Prevention is Just Good Training

Posted in Injuries, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on January 28, 2016 by mboyle1959

I wrote this a few years ago for http://www.strengthcoach.com

Is ACL injury prevention just good training? I think so. The program we use for ACL injury prevention is actually the same program we use with everyone! The truth is ACL injury prevention programs often consist more of packaging than new concepts. Calling a program an ACL prevention program may be nothing more than a way into the head of the athletic trainer, physical therapist or coach. But, if that’s what it takes, I’m all for it. However, as coaches we have to realize that we should be practicing great injury prevention concepts with all our athletes and our weekend warriors.

Because female athletes are much more likely to be injured, those who coach female athletes tend to be more interested in the concept of ACL injury prevention. However, obviously both genders can be injured. In fact, estimates run to over 100,000 ACL tears per year, with 30,000 of them high school age females. In any case, coaches should still practice these injury reduction concepts with both male and female athletes. Then again, ACL injury prevention may be the thought that gets your women’s basketball coach to buy into the program.

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