The role of an ice hockey coach is a combination of teacher, motivator, organiser, listener, and disciplinarian. In addition, there are many responsibilities that a hockey coach will fulfil. Some responsibilities include: facilitator, demonstrator, evaluator, supporter, and planner.
In ice hockey, the role of an expert coach entails more than teaching. Youth coaches influence the degree of enjoyment experienced by youth and their desire to continue participating in sport. This influence occurs through the coaches’ goals, values, attitudes, and behaviours.
A coach should focus his/her attention on individual skill development first. Individual skill development should be mastered prior to focusing on competition. For players to become successful in a team situation, they should develop their skating, stick handling, passing, and shooting skills. Individual skill development is the foundation for every player and of primary importance before advancing in competitive situations.
Contact the NZIHF if you are up to the challenge and wish to enrol in the NZIHF Coaching Courses.