Tuesday, November 28, 2023

How Covid might just have helped junior hockey

In the second part of a special series on junior hockey coaching, TODD WILLIAMS says that drills must now drive sessions over endless gameplay

There’s a case to be made to say that coping with Covid has brought the opportunity for some important and much-needed change to the way we coach our juniors. 

As everyone will be all too aware, the arrival of social distancing into everyone’s vocabulary put immediate limits on to what sort of hockey session clubs and coaches were able to offer once the most stringent levels of lockdown started to ease.

Consequently, with team-based sessions and gameplay becoming breaches of Covid protocols, coaches suddenly had no choice but to go to the cupboard and drag out what for many is the exiled pariah of modern day hockey coaching – the drill.

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