The past month or so has been amazing on the local hockey landscape!
In August, we hosted a meeting for the Travel, House B, and Skill Development Team coaches to address the 2017/18 Coaching
Expectations and Initiatives:
--Developing hockey sense utilizing Small Area Games
--Introducing/educating players & coaches on body contact/checking
--Goaltending recruitment, development, training
--Off-ice training in conjunction with Athletic Mentors
The VIP room at Old Burdick's was at capacity as we discussed how these initiatives, with support of the skill development coaches will drive KOHA to become a regional hockey destination and a national leader for youth hockey.
On August 28, 2017, USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager Bob Mancini and USA Hockey
ADM Manager for Youth Goaltending Programs Phil Osaer
conducted our annual KOHA Coaches College focusing on age appropriate
training/coaching, body contact/confidence and youth goaltending.
Again, the response was overwhelming as
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coaches packed the class room at Wings West and took to the ice for more technical education/instruction.
The following day over 100 KOHA players from 8U, 10-12U, and
14U took to the ice for "FREE" body contact/confidence clinics lead by
Coach Mancini and the KOHA Skill Development Team.
In addition, the 10-12U and 14U were also involved in off-ice training to enhance their body contact abilities and
build confidence in giving/receiving bumps. Coach Mancini and I
enthusiastically agreed this was one of the best body contact clinics
either of us had conducted! Check out the KOHA Facebook & Twitter pages or Bob's Twitter @bobusahockey for some great video!
Over the past weekend, approximately 150 coaches attended
either the Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching
Education Program clinics at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. The feedback wastremendously positive! The goaltending demonstration on Saturday morning conducted by Coach Osaer at Wings West was amazing. Others raved about the presentations of WMU Coach Andy Murray or Hockey Manitoba's Bob Caldwell.
My favorite was offered by Jukka Lamminaho, Coaching Education Manager of
the Finnish Ice Hockey Association (FIHA) and their 16U National Coach. Jukka reinforced our development model within KOHA and maintained we are on the cusp of doing some great things locally. Jukka
was on the ice with the 10U and 12U travel teams, so he saw firsthand
our players and coaches. FIHA is also a world leader in player and
coaching development, so his endorsement was important to me, and should
be to you as well.