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Be a better player by playing less.
  Be a better player by playing less.  Develop...
Six Things a Hockey Coach Can Remember to Perform at Their Best
  https://thecoachessite.com/2017/08/09/ice-hockey-coach-perform-best/?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=Walter%20Six%20things%20Best&utm_term=Hockey%20Coach&utm_content=Walter%20Six%20things%20Best ...
Is Edgework Important? Ask Sidney Crosby.
  Is edgework important?  Sidney Crosby thinks...
AGE-SPECIFIC MODULES AVAILABLE
  AGE-SPECIFIC MODULES are now up and running....
CLINIC in the NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT
  Clinics in the New England District for the upcoming...
Craig Weston wins the Bob O'Connor Award
  CRAIG WESTON win the BOB O'CONNOR AWARD. The...
CLINICS in the NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT
  The Clinic Season runs from September - December. ...
8 Year Old's Skill Set
  This 8 year old has a solid skill set. ...
NEWS from the USA HOCKEY ANNUAL CONGRESS
   Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Clinics will...
What to be a better HOCKEY PLAYER?
  http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/want-your-kids-to-get-better-at-hockey-have-them-play-less-experts-say ...
Be a Silent Parent
  This article is about soccer parents but it applies...
JUST A "HOUSE" PLAYER
  This is a great article about the passion of...
Heart Warming Story
  Heart warming story about sportsmanship and compassion...
Expectations of a Modern Hockey Coach
  List of points a Modern Hockey Coach should Possess. https://swisshockeynews.ch/index.php/swisshockeyblogs-ch/57-rule-the-roost/8474-what-should-be-expected-of-a-modern-day-hockey-coach ...
Is Coaching about You or the Players?
  http://www.mahockey.org/news_article/show/747203?referrer_id=662793 ...
A COACHES WORTH
  A COACHES WORTH ... ...
EARLY SPECIALIZATION VIDEO
  Early Specialization: Great video on early specialization....
Helping players learn to READ and REACT
  Guy Gadowsky, head coach of Penn State, talks...
What kind of HOCKEY PARENT are you?
  What kind of parent are you in the stands? Do...
Why Early Specialization is Not Good for Young Athletes
  PEDIATRICIANS SAY CHILDREN SHOULDN'T SPECIALIZE...
Activity Tracker on USA Hockey Mobile App
  Use the Activity Tracker on the USA Hockey Mobile...
Dynamic Warm-Up in limited space.
  Dynamic Warm-Up in limited space.  A dynamic...
Body Checking Study in Youth Hockey in Canada
  Study of the Body Checking in Youth Hockey in...
Cross-Ice at NHL Camps
  Cross-Ice Prominent at NHL Development Camp http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/670073?referrer_id=1474672 ...
SUCCESS: What are you doing to SUCCEED?
  SUCCESS: What people see and what people do not...
Youth Players Code of Conduct
  Youth Players Code of Conduct ...
10 TIPS for SPORTS PARENTS
  10 TIPS for SPORTS PARENTS ...
PLAYING OTHER SPORTS - BETTER HOCKEY PLAYER
  Why you should play sports other than hockey. ...
 
 
Be a better player by playing less.
by Larry Rocha posted 8/19/2017

Be a better player by playing less.  Develop the athlete is important for several reason.

http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/want-your-kids-to-get-better-at-hockey-have-them-play-less-experts-say

 
 
Six Things a Hockey Coach Can Remember to Perform at Their Best
by Larry Rocha posted 8/10/2017

https://thecoachessite.com/2017/08/09/ice-hockey-coach-perform-best/?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=Walter%20Six%20things%20Best&utm_term=Hockey%20Coach&utm_content=Walter%20Six%20things%20Best

 
 
Is Edgework Important? Ask Sidney Crosby.
by Larry Rocha posted 8/8/2017

Is edgework important?  Sidney Crosby thinks so and works on it all the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BwK2ECscX4

 
 
AGE-SPECIFIC MODULES AVAILABLE
by Larry Rocha posted 7/30/2017

AGE-SPECIFIC MODULES are now up and running. Age-Specific Modules must be completed before a coach can be placed on a roster. Coach must complete the age-specific module for each age group they are coaching. If the coach has already completed the module for the group they are coaching they do not need to do the module again.

http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/892966-age-specific-modules

 
 
CLINIC in the NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT
by Larry Rocha posted 7/30/2017

Clinics in the New England District for the upcoming Clinic Season (September - December) are beginning to be posted. More clinics should be posted by the end of July or beginning of August.

http://www.usahockey.com/coachingclinics

 
 
Craig Weston wins the Bob O'Connor Award
by Larry Rocha posted 7/20/2017

CRAIG WESTON win the BOB O'CONNOR AWARD.
The Bob O’Connor District CEP Award is presented annually to a current CEP instructor who has demonstrated a commitment to, and made extraordinary contributions to, his or her District Coaching Education Program. This individual has promoted and positively enhanced the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program; and has, by example, demonstrated its values and supported the principles of USA Hockey.
Craig has been the standard for the CEP i...n Vermont for 25 years. His passion for the game and for the educating of coaches is evident whenever he runs a clinic. The fact that he has been a long time math teacher has really helped him deliver the messages of USA Hockey. I can always count on him to run effective clinics. The coaches come away from the clinics with a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm to bring back to their teams. In addition, he is very timely with closing clinics and sending me the paper work. I am very proud to have this long time supporter of USA Hockey on my CEP Staff and the coaches in VT and beyond are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer to spread the news of USA Hockey.

 
 
CLINICS in the NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT
by Larry Rocha posted 7/20/2017

The Clinic Season runs from September - December.  The Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Clinics are beginning to be posted on the USA Hockey website.  More clinic will be posted.  Most of the clinics should be posted by the end of July or the beginning of August.

http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/893040-coach-clinic-login

 
 
8 Year Old's Skill Set
by Larry Rocha posted 7/10/2017

This 8 year old has a solid skill set.  It will be interesting to see how this skill set will translate into playing the game when the 8 year old gets older.

https://www.facebook.com/tournamentguy/videos/753579741473965/

 
 
NEWS from the USA HOCKEY ANNUAL CONGRESS
by Larry Rocha posted 6/15/2017
  • Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Clinics will be $45 this year.
  • USA Hockey is moving to a new browser for coaches to register for clinics.  This browser is not ready at the moment but should be available soon.  Keep checking to see when you can register for a clinic.
  • LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL (PASTED):  All coaches must have the required certification level by January 1 of the current season, unless earlier deadlines are established by the district and/or affiliate.  All coaches must complete the on-line age-specific modules PRIOR to participating with their team. 
    • The type in red is new wording.  The deadlines part was basically to clean up wording in the Annual Guide to let districts and Affiliates have earlier dates for things like split season teams.  The part on the Age-Specific Modules basically means a coach cannot be put on a roster until he/she completes the age appropriate module.
  • MAIN RULE CHANGES (note rule changes are every 4 years … this year was a rule change year.  These changes will be in effect for the 2017-2018 season and for the next four years):
    • ICING:  Icing while on the PK will not be whistled for Adults (male and female), High School and Youth/Girl’s 16U and above only).  What this means is that if in a game a player (14U and below) ices the puck while killing a penalty icing will be called and there will be a face-off in the offending teams defensive zone.  This is an attempt to develop skills and puck possession.  This rule PASTED.
    • OFF-SIDES:  The rule was to have automatic off-sides be moved up to the 14U level and below.  So, the tag up rule would start at 16U.  Again, this was an attempt to develop skills and puck possession.  This rule was DEFEATED.
    • All faceoffs will occur at one of the nine faceoff dots.
 
 
What to be a better HOCKEY PLAYER?
by Larry Rocha posted 4/30/2017

http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/want-your-kids-to-get-better-at-hockey-have-them-play-less-experts-say

 
 
Be a Silent Parent
by Larry Rocha posted 4/19/2017

This article is about soccer parents but it applies to hockey parents as well.

http://danabrahams.com/blog/2014/be-a-silent-soccer-parent/

 
 
JUST A "HOUSE" PLAYER
by Larry Rocha posted 4/4/2017

This is a great article about the passion of hockey.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/just-a-house-hockey-player_us_58d6bf0de4b06c3d3d3e6e66

 
 
Heart Warming Story
by Larry Rocha posted 2/9/2017

Heart warming story about sportsmanship and compassion for a fellow athlete.

http://damnbored.tv/basketball-player-yells-opponent-crowd-erupt/?=postplanner_utm_source%3Dfacebook.com

 
 
Expectations of a Modern Hockey Coach
by Larry Rocha posted 2/1/2017

List of points a Modern Hockey Coach should Possess.

https://swisshockeynews.ch/index.php/swisshockeyblogs-ch/57-rule-the-roost/8474-what-should-be-expected-of-a-modern-day-hockey-coach

 
 
Is Coaching about You or the Players?
by Larry Rocha posted 1/22/2017

http://www.mahockey.org/news_article/show/747203?referrer_id=662793

 
 
A COACHES WORTH
by Larry Rocha posted 11/17/2016

A COACHES WORTH ...

 
 
EARLY SPECIALIZATION VIDEO
by Larry Rocha posted 11/6/2016

Early Specialization: Great video on early specialization. Do you know any parents like the ones in the video? The hockey parents are about half way through the video but the whole thing is worth a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6ezBrpaJO0&feature=youtu.be

 
 
Helping players learn to READ and REACT
by Larry Rocha posted 10/21/2016

Guy Gadowsky, head coach of Penn State, talks about helping players learn to READ and REACT and improving the players HOCKEY IQ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW_UxgUPFYs

 
 
What kind of HOCKEY PARENT are you?
by Larry Rocha posted 9/30/2016

What kind of parent are you in the stands? Do you enjoy watching them play and cheer for all players or are you a screamer and complainer?

 
 
Why Early Specialization is Not Good for Young Athletes
by Larry Rocha posted 9/24/2016

PEDIATRICIANS SAY CHILDREN SHOULDN'T SPECIALIZE IN A SINGLE SPORT UNTIL AGE 15-16, IF AT ALL

https://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2016/09/pediatricians-say-children-shouldnt-specialize-single-sport-until-age-15-16-i 

 
 
Activity Tracker on USA Hockey Mobile App
by Larry Rocha posted 8/25/2016

Use the Activity Tracker on the USA Hockey Mobile App to monitor your players practice. Check out the tutorial ... click the link below:

https://youtu.be/rcWBq6LuXvs

 
 
Dynamic Warm-Up in limited space.
by Larry Rocha posted 8/22/2016

Dynamic Warm-Up in limited space.  A dynamic warm-up should be done at every practice before the on-ice practice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfG6FRFlar4

 
 
Body Checking Study in Youth Hockey in Canada
by Larry Rocha posted 7/29/2016

Study of the Body Checking in Youth Hockey in Canada helps support USA Hockey's change in the age group (14U) when Body Checking is allowed.  It is the coaches responsibility at the 12U age group to teach body checking (both giving and receiving) so the players are prepared at the 14U level.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/calgary/hockey-concussions-down-peewee-bodychecking-ban-1.3697371

 
 
Cross-Ice at NHL Camps
by Larry Rocha posted 7/16/2016

Cross-Ice Prominent at NHL Development Camp

http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/670073?referrer_id=1474672

 
 
SUCCESS: What are you doing to SUCCEED?
by Larry Rocha posted 7/13/2016

SUCCESS: What people see and what people do not see.  What are your players doing to SUCCEED?

 
 
Youth Players Code of Conduct
by Larry Rocha posted 4/13/2016

Youth Players Code of Conduct

 
 
10 TIPS for SPORTS PARENTS
by Larry Rocha posted 3/23/2016

10 TIPS for SPORTS PARENTS

 
 
PLAYING OTHER SPORTS - BETTER HOCKEY PLAYER
by Larry Rocha posted 3/19/2016

Why you should play sports other than hockey.  It will make you a BETTER HOCKEY PLAYER.

http://howtohockey.com/why-you-should-play-sports-other-than-hockey/