The internet is full of useful information for coaches. One of the best I’ve found, is Built for Hockey. Ben Levesque gives actionable advice that is quite a bit different from the norm. It is unique. It is also 100% free.
I am a subscriber, and when his new posts hit my inbox, I make it a priority to read them sooner rather than later. (Ben does not flood your inbox, which is also a plus!) With hundreds of emails hitting my inbox daily, that is significant.
Ben’s posts are professionally polished, and presented in a clear, straightforward way. It is easy to scan and get the nuts and bolts before rushing into the rink. It is an equally easy read from start to finish. The latter method is preferred. By reading the full post, Ben gives you a deeper understanding of his topic.
Mr. Levesque’s cornerstone piece is the Hockey IQ quiz. 25 questions both True False and multiple choice, measuring hockey sense. It is a great quiz. I’ve used it with my own teams, both in parts and as a whole. I’ve used it at various phases of the season. My favorite method is giving the quiz to a team at the beginning of the season, and again at the end. It shows the players how much they learned.
How much of the quiz I’ve used, and when during the season I’ve used it, depends on a variety of factors. What is the age level of the group I’m coaching? What is their experience level? How much do I already know—have I coached them before, have I received an evaluation from their previous coaches? What should they already know?
I’ve used it both on-line and in print. I’ve also given it as a homework assignment. (I love giving hockey homework!)
In short, Built for Hockey is an excellent resource for hockey coaches and players. Ben focuses on areas not addressed by others. Used regularly, players coaches and parents will be better informed, and smarter hockey players.
Built for Hockey is a website I visit regularly. It’s resources have become a staple of my repertoire. It is a great fit with my philosophy. By adopting the Hockey IQ Quiz and other Built for hockey tips and tricks, I believe I have become a more complete coach.
More from Ben Levesque.
Mr Levesque is currently working on a long-form of his Hockey IQ. I believe the format will be an e-book. When it is released, I will let everyone know. When I have had a chance to review it, I will publish my thoughts and findings here.
Another new feature to the Built for Hockey website, is the podcast. You can ask a question, via his website, and Ben will answer questions weekly. Each podcast is expected to be about 10 minutes. In addition to his website, you can find his podcast on iTunes, Sticher, and Soundcloud.
You can also connect with Ben and Built for Hockey on Social Media.
I do not know Ben Levesque. I only know his work from his website, Built for Hockey. I don’t even remember how I found it originally. It may have been an on-line search. It may have been a colleague recommendation. I honestly don’t remember. Regardless, I find it useful and insightful information.
In a future post, I will relay how I used one of Ben’s posts to “Save a career.”