In my first blog post, I asked why I had to follow other people’s rules on MY blog.  It was a bit flippant, and off the cuff.

My initial feeling was that I would use the blog as a place to hang some of my writing.  I would write—about whatever struck my fancy on any given day—and you would read.  It would be a fine relationship.

Then ideas started popping into my head.  Blogging ideas.  The more ideas that came to me, the more focused they became.  Those ideas defined my blog’s purpose.  My blog should be about hockey.

Hockey is a passion of mine.  I started playing when I was just 5-years old, fell in love, and never looked back. I have been coaching for more than 20-years, both boys and girls, from mites/atoms to high school.  I enjoy teaching the game, probably more than playing.  Sharing that passion is even more rewarding than experiencing it by playing.

Parents have said that I am a different kind of coach.  They insist that’s a good thing.

Fellow coaches like working with me.  That’s what they tell me, so I believe them.  I got a call one night from a coach, who is also a friend.  He called to tell me he stole one of my drills, and ran it at practice the night before.  He was worried I’d be upset that he took one of my drills.

I said, “Cool!  How did it run?”

I wasn’t mad.  I was flattered!  As a coach, that is the highest form of respect and validation.

When I was a young coaching sponge, I tried to learn from everyone around me.  But there was a problem.  The coaches I was around didn’t want to share.  They acted like their playbook—often nothing more than an index cardwas a proven road map to the Holy Grail.

Information is power.  Many people—coaches included—feel by sharing their information they are somehow relinquishing their power.  By keeping others down, they somehow boost themselves up.

I don’t understand that.  It is reverse logic. I’d rather share and have more people—players, teams—have a good practice, game, month, or season.  The more people I can help, the better!

Mentoring fellow coaches should be as much a part of our job, as mentoring our players.

I’ve figured out a lot on my own.  I’ve also taken a lot from others—it’s no secret:  good coaches are great thieves!

I’ll write about hockey specifically—but many of the concepts can apply to other sports and activities as well.  Some tips and tricks and advice I’ve acquired over the years, I’ll share them here.  Hopefully you find it useful and actionable.

Check back often. I hope you will find some nuggets that will fit well into your repertoire.

I’m Zoe.  That’s my view.

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