How it works: 
The 4 components of coaching a hockey season

The 'components' system is a way to plan your season to ensure your kids are having fun while also keeping them engaged and improving their skills. The season is split into 4 components that overlap through the season to ensure progression as the season carries on. The section below (Your team) shows you the skills and tactics you'll need to reinforce for your particular team and suggests drills to help you achieve these.

BASICS: BUILD & IMPROVE - 4 weeks


In the first 4 sessions, you should ideally be focusing on the basics. The structure of your sessions (below) will allow you to spend some time doing drills and playing games that begin your player's progression.


REINFORCE BASICS & INTRODUCE NEWER SKILLS - 4 weeks


In the next 4 sessions, it would pay to being introducing some of the newer/more complex skills. Try to combine these into the drills that really work on the basics to give your players a solid backbone for their hockey!


REINFORCE newer skills & ADD TACTICAL CONCEPTS - 3 weeks


These next 3 sessions will see you really test the kids' understanding and ability. Keep reinforcing the newer skills above while introducing games and drills that allow them to progress their hockey understanding.


keep reinforcing & enjoying the good hockey you've been coaching - 2 WEEKS


In the final couple of weeks you can really focus on bringing everything together. Their hockey mind and foundation of skills can see them trying harder, more complex drills and games.

BASICS: BUILD & IMPROVE (4 WKS)

REINFORCE BASICS & INTRODUCE NEWER SKILLS (4 WKS)

REINFORCE ABOVE & ADD TACTICAL CONCEPTS (3 WKS)

 

REINFORCE Above (2 WKS)

 
 

Your team:
select the most relevant

Below you'll see the rough progression breakdowns for players in teams at different stages of their hockey journeys. Of the 5 stages, pick the one that best describes the team you're coaching and use the guides within to help plan your sessions - ensuring your players are learning and reinforcing the correct skills and tactics.

Stage 2: Play & desire to learn

developing PLAYERS, Kiwi/kwik STICKS, Youth b/A, Division 4/3

Stage 3: Compete & improve

Involved PLAYERS, kwik STICKS, Youth A, Division 1/2

Stage 4: Full enjoyment/ Peak performance

Top level PLAYERS, Youth A, Division 1, Premier Grades

Stage 5: lifetime engagement

these can be players from any of the above stages that have decided to make hockey their 'sport for life'