Archive for Youth Sports

Don’t Be That Parent

Posted in Hockey, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on February 25, 2014 by mboyle1959

I think we’ve all been there. We’ve all yelled at a ref or “car coached”. I can tell you that my daughter once told her friends that it was important to play well if the ride home was long. I guess I’ve “car coached” too much already.

This is a good reminder from the folks at USA Hockey

Don’t Be That Parent

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Late Bloomers

Posted in Hockey, MBSC News, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , on February 4, 2014 by mboyle1959

Is your young athlete a late bloomer? Great article from USA Hockey

http://www.admkids.com/news_article/show/325824?referrer_id=940598

How to Help Your Kid be a Great Team Player

Posted in Guest Authors, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on October 22, 2013 by mboyle1959

Got this from a site called SummerNanny.com

How to Help Your Kid Be a Great Team Player

(http://www.summernanny.com/blog/how-to-help-your-kid-be-a-great-team-player/).

So You Want to Play in the NHL

Posted in Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on October 15, 2013 by mboyle1959

The above headline is actually a book title. It is also a must read if you have a child that plays hockey, male or female. The book is not about making the NHL but rather about developing a well rounded child while enjoying the experience. Written by Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Dan Byslma and his father Jay, this is great bed time reading for both you and your child. Pick up a copy, you’ll either write in to thank me or, thank me next time we meet.

So You Want To Play in the NHL?

 

 

Another Vote Against Year Round Hockey

Posted in Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on March 6, 2013 by mboyle1959

High school season is over and my daughter is signed up for town soccer. Are you looking at spring and summer teams? Read this:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/wanted+hockey+true+athletes/8043213/story.html

For summer think 1-2 weeks of camp and 1-2 tournaments, that’s it. And that is only if you have a kid like mine who is begging to play every week. This is more of a compromise than I want to make but, I can live with it.

PS-Thanks to Jim Setters of the German National Federation for forwarding this.

Small Sided Games are Great Practice

Posted in Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , , on December 18, 2012 by mboyle1959

I tweeted this two days ago

“playing lots of games without practicing is like taking lots of tests without studying.”

This led to a Facebook discussion about practice quality. As adults we think that practice must be boring and repetitive and at times it must, but for kids, small sided games ( think 3 on 3) may be the best practice ever. Check out these stats.

Dr Rick Fernoglio, a lecturer in Exercise Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, compared the experience of young soccer players during eight-a-side games and SSGs (4v4).

He found that the players in 4v4:

  • Made 135% more passes.
  • Took 260% more shots.
  • Scored 500% more goals.
  • Experienced 225% more 1v1s.
  • Did 280% more tricks, turns, and moves.

(published in Success in Soccer, March 2004)

Remember these numbers the next time you’re tempted to allow a “mass scrimmage” at the end of one of your coaching sessions.

Here’s more support for small games. Many of you reading need to think hockey when you watch. I can’t believe we are still debating cross ice Buzzer hockey. It was the best thing my son has ever done. Parents should have no input. They have no idea what they are talking about when they want 7-8 year olds playing fullice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPJltFaZYEc&feature=player_embedded&utm_source=The+Ontario+Soccer+Association&utm_campaign=65146e9cd6-New+LTPD+video+and+presentations+now+available&utm_medium=email

Every Hockey Parent Should Read This

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on September 21, 2012 by mboyle1959

If you haven’t done at least five of these I’ll eat my hat. My daughter told one of her friends at a U-12 game a few years ago that she has to play harder if the games are far away because she doesn’t want to listen to me on long rides home.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/magazine/2012/09/06/feschuk_scott_uncompromising_views/