The Role of the Coach

The role of the coaching during an inline hockey game is critical.  The primary responsibility of all coaches should be to guide and improve their players’ hockey skills as well as their personal development on and off the rink.  By working hard as a teacher, counselor and friend, the coach has the opportunity to help mold his/her inline hockey players’ skills and attitude.

In most cases, players mirror the behavior of their coaches, whether or not this behavior is positive or negative.  Coaches are often one of the most influential people in a young player’s life.  Thus, the coach must lead by example by maintaining his/her composure regardless of the situation and teaching the players to conduct themselves in a similar manner.  The coach must act professionally when dealing with other coaches, referees, players, and parents at all times.  Likewise, a coach must always maintain control of his/her actions and promptly discipline players when they abuse the rules or behave in an unsportsmanlike fashion.

The coach must place fair play and respect for all participants, referees, other coaches, players and parents above winning.  Certainly everybody likes to win, but it is important not to lose focus of the big picture.  Remember, everyone is there to participate and enjoy themselves.  The “win at all costs” mentality has not place in inline hockey.

It is the coaches responsibility to know and understand the rules of the game as set forth by AAU hockey and CHILL before he/she gets in the bench for the game.  Finally, and most importantly, enjoy yourself.  Enthusiasm is the key t coaching.  If the players see that you are excited to be there, then they will be too.  All coaches volunteer a great deal of their time so its important that they have fun too.