Back to Hockey Coaching

Lots of helpful information to support you with the delivery of your Back to Hockey sessions.

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Back to Hockey Coaching

We are sure that you will find the players at your Back to Hockey sessions a sociable and engaging group.  On our travels across the country we have met lots of Back to Hockey players and time and time again we’ve heard individual stories of how hockey has had a positive impact for players.

The coach of the Back to Hockey sessions are vital to enhancing the player experience. Your ability to create an enjoyable environment and tailor the sessions towards the individuals attending will ultimately be what keeps people coming back week after week.

To the side of the page you will find a number of useful resoures to dowloand that will help you coach this group of players. Whilst below are a few thoughts to think about when planning and delivering your sessions.

-The Game is the Coach - more playing less coaching.

-Less is more – less lecturing and less lines (people lined up waiting to go).

-Give regular praise but make it clear WHY something was done good.  “That was a good pass because it went to where your teammate wanted to receive it”.

-The participants will learn by making mistakes.  Mistakes are ok.

-Allow participants to be part of the coaching process.  This encourages their feeling empowerment.

-Why? and How? questions enhance the participants ability to make their own decisions.

-Using a Games Based model changes coaching from “How is this skill performed?” to “Why are we doing this? and “How can we do it better?” without the coach always providing the answers for players.

-It is important for coaches to allow participants to think about questions, not to put anyone ‘on the spot’, and not to answer their own questions.

If there is something you would like to see on this page please let us know via backtohockey@englandhockey.co.uk.