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Monday, February 15, 2010

Implement Your System

A big part of your practice plan in the coming weeks will be system implementation and doing it without sacrificing working on fundamentals. The best tool to begin introducing your system is to use your chalkboard or dry-eraser board in the locker-room or classroom. Start off with your defensive system. If you're good in your own end defensively, chances are that everything else will fall in place. Draw it out on the board for them and explain each and every assignment position wise to each player. Reinforce it over and over in practice time. Don't be afraid to blow the whistle, stop the play, and explain the do's and don'ts of your system, and start again. Repetition is the key. Drill it in them and ask them to buy into your system, make a commitment to it, and make good decisions within it. In the coming games, go over and over it again. Challenge the players who veer out of it, and go over the importance of team play. You'll soon see the results and for the most part the majority will get it. Be patient with the slow learners; again, reinforce it until they get it. A good team has good systems and your better players will thrive in a team orientated system as they will get more support compared to a run and gun system. Your average players will gain confidence within the system and become better players that in the end will make your top players perform better. Praise their efforts at all times and when you get your wins, praise the team system!


Put your mark on the Team

Well its time. The try-outs and training camp are over and you've selected the team. Now the work comes to shape and mould the team . Remember you picked the team and it will be a reflection of you and ultimately you will be the face of the team, accepting all the good praise as well as criticism that comes with the job of being coach.
As coaches, we all have our favourite systems and philosophies in how we want our team to play.
However, all things aside your player selections will dictate what kind of team you will have. The worst thing you can do at this point is to implement a system that your team doesn't have the tools to execute. You need to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your team and develop a system based on these traits.
For instance, maybe you have good size and fundamentals but lack team speed or maybe your undersized but have good speed and skill. Ideally, you would like to have a combination of both types of players; however, the reality is that this is not always going to be the case. The other point to consider is that you might be strong defensively in your own end but lack the scoring in the offensive zone or vice versa. The whole point of this is to evaluate your team and come up with the system that reflects their abilities and for the most part keep it simple, but do it well.