By Paul Lubanski
Today, I offer-up another heartfelt effort to simplify the teaching/coaching of the game for the oft' times "overwhelmed and highly pressured" youth ice hockey. Yes--you guessed it--it involves he use of my favorite educating-tool--THE ACRONYM.
It is entitled: "D-T-A & GB!"
D = DEFEND
T = TRANSITION
A = ATTACK
GB = "GET-BACK!"
If you truly take a second to ponder what I have put forth above, you must conclude that the five letters represented encompass and compress the ENTIRE GAME OFF ICE HOCKEY--all aspects'--into one neat little package.
And if accepted and internalized, I would argue that the perceived complexity of the game to the average wide-eyed youngster--most especially those playing full-ice hockey at seven years-old--has been mostly eliminated.