By Paul Lubanski
In my opinion--as a coach--it is incumbent upon you to manufacture and/or leverage as many "teach-able moments" as possible throughout a competitive campaign. This assertion holds and rings true regardless of age or ability level being directed.
Ok, so if you intend to consider embracing the premise/assertion I put forth above then it stands to reason that the following two questions require an answer: 1. How do we define "teach-able moment" and 2.--why is it critical that a coach/leader both identify and take advantage of as many as possible throughout the course of a playing season?
A "teach-able moment" is one where a poignant, profound occurrence fosters an opportunity for a coach/leader to make an indelible/lifelong positive impression on a youngster. For example: A coach is sitting amongst his/her 11 year-old players in the lobby of an arena awaiting clearance to enter a dressing room to prepare for an imminent contest. When, said coach and a myriad of his/her players witness their upcoming opponents haze/bully one of their teammates to the point-of-tears. Need I explain precisely "why" the scenario depicted could and should become a massively positive "teach-able moment?"
With all that said, today I offer-up a simple exercise for coaches (once again: at all skill and age-levels) to potentially employ that will create consistent "teach-able moments" throughout a playing season. And again, the more "teach-able moments" captured and taken full advantage of--THE MORE SUPERIOR COACH YOU BECOME! Wins and losses do NOT solely define your contribution to youth ice hockey--FAR from it.
Here is how it works...