PREMISES OF EHC

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Sports should be accessible to all.  All youngsters deserve an opportunity to perfect their skills with competent coaches

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Sports should be fun – All should have fun.

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It’s more fun to win than to lose, but fun can be had by all, whether the game is won or lost, provided the best has been given by all – including coaches.

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Coaches are teachers – players deserve to be taught the skills necessary for success at the more advanced levels.

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We are one team – working together, realizing that the success of our players as team members of competitive teams, school and club, will be largely dependent on what we do as JV and Middle School and Club coaches.

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The best players in Middle School will not usually be the best players in High School.  It is our responsibility then to make sure that no one is denied the opportunity to play at the appropriate ability level.  To do so, utterly defeats the purpose of youth sports.

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You get good at what you want to learn by actually doing it.

 You get good at skating around cones if you practice skating around cones

You get good at standing in line if you practice standing in line

You get good at listening to coaches talk if you practice listening to coaches talk

You get good at playing hockey if you actually play hockey.

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All coaches must work within a finite time period to teach the skills necessary. Utilizing the time periods given to us, in more efficient ways, becomes crucial to hockey development. Correct repetition is important.

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Practicing good hockey skills makes good hockey habits.

Practicing bad hockey skills makes bad hockey habits.

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Keeping score, while limiting time and space, creates all the intensity necessary in practice. So-called 'bag skating' is not necessary for conditioning.  As a result, skating is not viewed as a 'punishment'.

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The game of hockey is played on a 180-200 foot sheet of ice.  In reality though, the game is actually played on only a small portion of that ice surface, at any one time. If you want players to play well in small areas, practice playing the game in small areas.