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Daily Dish: Coach Classless and Clueless - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020  
By: Stephen Heisler,

There is not an acceptable reason in existence for a coach to address players from the opposing team during a game. Yelling and screaming at another team's players simply informs all that witness the outburst the true measure of the offending coach's professionalism.

Some guys don't get that and feel that they are part of the intimidation package needed to be successful. Those are generally the same guys that shout and scream at their own players during games.

Is that all you got coach?

Some coaches like to use intimidation as a tool to break down their own group into doing exactly what he says. That does not work well on 19 or 20 year-olds anymore than it works on a toddler. Coaches need to be teachers that figure out how to achieve maximum performance out of each individual athlete. Maybe if the screaming and intimidation was taken out of the equation, prospects might get a better understanding of what the coach is trying to accomplish during practice.

Feel the need to scream? Write yourself a note and figure out exactly what can be done in practice to address the shortcoming.  In reality, a failed implementation is likely to be the coach's shortcoming and not the player. After all, the coach selected the player and the coach organizes the practice and off-ice sessions. Dude needs to scream at himself.

Screaming during a game, at either team or the game officials, shows a complete lack of class and respect for the game.  Coaches need to keep personal emotions in check and realize there are twenty (or more) young men that are looking to him as a leader. Make the right impression, it can last a lifetime.

Author: Stephen Heisler from
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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