In the first part of a special series on junior hockey coaching, TODD WILLIAMS asks why gameplay alone won’t develop players technically
Honesty, they say, is the best policy. However, as happily as the word is thrown about in sport, and specifically coaching, it’s still remarkable to see how easily people in hockey are prepared to avoid facts and not take hold of the nettles that need to be grasped.
Take England Hockey’s new Talent Development strategy based around the rather Star Wars-styled title of “A New Way Forward”.
With promises to “transform the talent system” and talk of a “new future”, “ambitious goals” and “new heights”, it’s exciting stuff. Except, that it misses the one honest and critical starting point in that what currently exists doesn’t work, hasn’t worked and will never work.
Let me be clear. This is not about blame.
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In Todd’s special series, he next will be looking at how Covid might just have helped junior hockey