Sunday, September 20, 2015

Teachable Moments


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...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2015 Tier II Team Counts and Power Rankings

By Winefool

Last year we published a view of Tier II boys hockey clubs that listed number of teams at each level by club and then used size (# of teams) and relative strength (team playing level & results) to estimate a ‘Power Ranking’ of the primary clubs playing in Northern Illinois. For a detailed breakdown of the methodology, refer back to that original post.

This year, the plot thickened with the departure of the majority of Mite hockey from USA/AHAI to AAU. Since the AAU Mite teams are not allowed to play under their traditional club name, we allocated those teams back to the primary Tier II club based on their home city and/or rink. Technically these teams are not part of the core club, but the reality is that it’s all the same people and those kids will rejoin their core club at Squirt, so it makes sense to keep the data consistent year over year.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Locating Your Inner Passion Is The Key To Unlocking Your Potential

PLAYERS--PARENTS--COACHES! This Is A MUST READ Paul Lubanski Post Outlining A Formula For Earning A Future Position On A High School, Club College, D I College, Major Junior Or NHL Roster!!  It Is Brief Yet Extremely POWERFUL---It Is Entitled:

"LOCATING YOUR INNER PASSION IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING YOUR POTENTIAL THAT WILL LEAD TO CAN'T MISS PRESENT & FUTURE SUCCESS!!!"

By Paul Lubanski

Today's post may be a bit shorter than most--but, nonetheless important. In fact, it may be the most informative and critically inspirational piece I've ever authored for the CHICAGO AREA YOUTH HOCKEY BLOG family as it relates to providing a guaranteed blueprint for youngsters yearning to make it the next level and beyond

The theme and message is bluntly simple to comprehend.

That is by design.

PARENTS/COACHES--please share with your young heroes...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blackhawk Cup 2015 Bracket Boards

AHAI's State championship tournament, which is known as the Blackhawk Cup 2015, is around the corner. Good luck to all teams as they go for a State banner!

Here is that link to the bracket boards for which you have been searching:

http://www.ahai2.org/bhc/

After the jump, you can find direct links by category (ie Squirt AA, A, B etc) for tier 2 clubs.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mite Registrations Plummet

Deep Concern Over AAU Impact Revealed in AHAI Board Minutes


By CAYH Editor

Here's a rule of thumb for ya:

Blackhawks win, kids try hockey, USA hockey registrations go up ... rinse and repeat annually.

This has been true for the past 5 years of the Hawks success on the ice. No longer. The numbers are in, and they ain't purty.

AHAI finally got around to posting some Board minutes from this season. In the October 6 minutes, we learned "that registrations are up about 480 this year over the same date in 2013" according to Bob Mathson's Tresurers report.

That is 0.2%!!!

POINT TWO

By way of comparison, we know from Chris Peter's excellent United States of Hockey Blog (see here and here) that Illinois has been growing registrations at a rate of about 5% per year over the last 5 years. Further, the growth rate accelerated to 8.4% last season (2013-14). Did the Blackhawks affect suddenly stop working? What's going on???

Yes those numbers do include adult registrations, which are growing. Those adult registrations will mask some of the youth registration losses when the final numbers come out for this season. The bottom line for youth hockey is gruesome:

Simple Bench Management Tool

COACHES & PLAYERS ...Implementing This Simple Paul Lubanski  Created BENCH MANAGEMENT TOOL Can And Will Usher Your Club And Players To THE NEXT LEVEL & BEYOND!

By Paul Lubanski

"NEXT UP FOCUS!"

I am often queried by youth coaches for tips on markedly improving their respective team's on-ice performance devoid of roster manipulation.

A great question for many reasons--not the least of which is that most league and association governance/rules do not allow for the addition/subtraction of players beyond a the half-way mark of any season

So today, I answer the afore-stated request for help with a column entitled "N-U-F Said!" It outlines a simple, easily implementable coaching tactic that if adopted--will undoubtedly lead to GREATLY enhanced individual/team game-play.

Again. my use of my favorite teaching tool--the acronym--is evident. The N, the U, and the F each signify a critical piece of today's lesson-plan:

N=NEXT
U=UP
F=FOCUS

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SRS Ranking CSDHL Bantam Teams 11-26-2014

By CAYH Editor

Why rank 9 year olds when there is real hockey being played elsewhere? No, I'm not bitter ... just cheeky. Now that everything is set up and automated, I went ahead and ran the SRS on the Central States Developmental Hockey League's two Bantam divisions - minor ('01) and major ('00).

If you need a refresher on the SRS, head to the introductory blog on the CSDHL Squirts. If you don't need the background, here is what the column headers represent:

MOV - margin of victory
SOS - strength of schedule
SRS = MOV + SOS


One change of note, there were far more blowouts at the PeeWee level than there were at Squirt, and I instituted a 6 goal cap on the differential to mitigate the impact of blowouts on the SRS ranking. That cap is now part of the procedure and will remain in the calculations going forward.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SRS Ranking CSDHL PeeWee Teams 11-20-2014

By CAYH Editor

Well the experiment with in season power rankings was a hit! But I don't have to tell you that. Since it is much easier to do now that everything is set up, I went ahead and ran the SRS on the Central States Developmental Hockey League's two PeeWee divisions - minor ('03) and major ('02).

If you need a refresher on the SRS, head to the introductory blog on the CSDHL Squirts. If you don't need the background, here is what the column headers represent:

MOV - margin of victory
SOS - strength of schedule
SRS = MOV + SOS

One change of note, there were far more blowouts at the PeeWee level then there were are Squirt, and I instituted a 6 goal cap on the differential mitigate the impact of blowouts on the SRS ranking.