7 Traits For Successful Hockey Coaches

I think we can all agree that Coaching can be a very stressful and rewarding at the same time. As Coaches winning and losing outcomes can become all too consuming and this can cause a coach’s performance to be negatively affected by their inability to manage their stress reactions. Especially, when focusing on losing!

 

Whatever thoughts are consuming your mindset will have an impact on how you show up for your team at practices or games. If you are overwhelmed from a long losing streak and focused on what’s wrong and who’s to blame, you will create an environment of paranoia, fear and mistrust. If, however, you are composed, confident, and trusting of your players, staff, and process, you increase your likelihood of experiencing success.

 

Mindfulness in coaching is a state of being not a state of doing. Being in a attentive state of being can help any coach be more present and effective in the process.

 

The following 7 Traits are attentive and effective for Hockey Coaches:

 

1. Always trust, protect and create a safe place for your team to develop and thrive

 

2. Connect effectively with dynamic communication with your players, staff, and parents

 

3. Do not take things personal or get offended with your players and their parents

 

4. See challenges as opportunities to learn, adapt and overall grow of the team

 

5. Focus intently on what is in your and the players control – meaning your players skills set

 

6. Be awareness of your player’s emotional state. Players look to be inspire and influence, not control and punish

 

7. Be authentic, confident and 100% energetically engaged in the moment with your team

 

When all is said and done your legacy as a Coach will determined by who your players become not just on the ice but off it. Accept what is, make conscious choices, trust and are engaged in the process, and unattached to the outcome. At the end choose to be present in the moment on purpose and be fearless.

 

Embrace the challenges and pressures coaching brings to you. It’s not always going to go your way; in fact, it’s a long, hard, mental and physical position that at times is very draining during hockey season. Learning how to handle it and continue to get stronger and grow with it can be the most rewarding and enjoyable ride that you could ever be on.

 

 

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Michael Orlotti

About Michael Orlotti

Michael has played various levels in Minor Hockey in the old MTHL league, High School Hockey at C.W. Jeffrey’s C.I., College Hockey with Seneca Braves - Now Called Seneca Stingers and was invited to play in Italy for the HC Milano Vipers. Attained his National Coaching Certification Level I & II from Hockey Canada. Also, Coached & Trained Players at various levels starting at the House League and through the GTHL A to AAA levels