Resources for Coaches
Winnipeg East Female Hockey actively encourages our coaches to communicate with each other and share drills, ice-times, planning, and resources. The TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) saying is certainly true in hockey and with coaching.
If you are new to coaching ask other coaches to come out and help with your first few practices. Go watch practices, talk drills with other coaches, ask questions, ask your players if they liked a new drill, what worked and what didn't, and learn what makes a good practice. If you are a seasoned coach offer to help, go watch practices, learn new things and be a mentor.
Our goal should always be to provide our female players the opportunity to learn the game, have fun, and excel in an environment that they feel comfortable in. As coaches, we play a major role in player development. The more we can learn and teach, the better we all become.
Important to Read:
Hockey Canada and Hockey Manitoba
- Hockey Canada Network - https://www.hockeycanadanetwork.com
This is replacing Hockey Canada's printed manuals. If you only use one resource, even at $50 per season, this is the best one you can get. It provides straight practice plans from Novice to Midget, just as the development manuals did. If you do nothing but follow along a season plan, your team will benefit and improve. There is also a huge selection of drills to work on different aspects of the game, including written explanations as well as video demonstrations of most drills. These drills let you build you own practice plans based on your needs if you choose not to follow the season development plans or are looking to build a specific practice.
- Hockey Canada's Drill Hub - https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Hockey-Programs/Drill-Hub
A free (behind registration) resource for coaches. A large respository of Hockey Canada approved drills, with video and written explanations of the drills. Find individual sills to work on in practice or team concepts.
- Hockey Manitoba Coaches - http://www.hockeymanitoba.ca/coaches
You can find clinics, certifcation and more here. Of special interest is the resource area - http://www.hockeymanitoba.ca/coaches/coach-resources which includes some templates for practice planning, and options to purchase printed manuals from Hockey Canada for Novice through Midget development, as well as other training materials.
- Hockey Canada Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/hockeycanadavideos has skills of gold and other training videos available.
- Hockey USA Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/USAHOCKEYHQ has tons of stuff and is well organized.
- Hockey USA Practice Plans - http://www.usahockey.com/practiceplans has lots of ready to go practice plans for u12 and down. Use them as is, or grab parts to make your own plan.
- Hockey Canada Drill Hub Practice Plans - https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Hockey-Programs/Drill-Hub/Practice-Plans offers six ready to go practice plans in Hockey Canada's format.
- Hockey Canada Skills Testing - https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Hockey-Programs/Players/Skills-Testing
Run it 3 times a season. It gives you some markers to work against and gives you some proof that your team has improved!
- All Ages Drill Book - 5.6MB PDF file you can download and either print off, or use it to inspire your own practice planning. Lots of drills sourced from many places.
- Hockey USA - http://www.usahockey.com has loads of development material.
- Hockey Share - https://www.hockeyshare.com has lots of free drills available.
- WeissTech Hockey - http://weisstechhockey.com has videos and drills.
- Coach Neilsen - https://coachnielsen.wordpress.com/ has drills and is well organized.
- Hockey Canada Goaltender Training - https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Hockey-Programs/Players/Essentials/Categories/Goaltenders
- Hockey USA Goaltender Training - http://www.usahockeygoaltending.com provides a great resource for specialized goalie drills. One of the best out there.
- Gary Roberts 12 Week Summer Training Program - http://www.hockeyeasternontario.ca/docs/NIKE_offseason_program.pdf
- Office Ice Training with Nike+ - http://www.nike.com/ca/en_gb/c/nike-plus/training-app is free and provides some great body weight workouts and training programs. Not specificially hockey related, but a great overall fitness and co-ordination improvement tool.