There is not an acceptable reason in existence for a coach to address players
from the opposing team during a game. Yelling and screaming at another team's players simply informs all that witness the outburst the true measure of the offending
Some guys don't get that and feel that they are part of the
intimidation package needed to be successful. Those are generally the same guys
that shout and scream at their own players during games.
Is that all you got coach?
Some coaches like to use intimidation as a tool to break down their own
group into doing exactly what he says. That does not work well on 19 or 20
year-olds anymore than it works on a toddler. Coaches need to be teachers that
figure out how to achieve maximum performance out of each individual athlete. Maybe
if the screaming and intimidation was taken out of the equation, prospects
might get a better understanding of what the coach is trying to accomplish
Feel the need to scream? Write yourself a note and figure out exactly
what can be done in practice to address the shortcoming. In reality, a failed implementation is likely
to be the coach's shortcoming and not the player. After all, the coach selected
the player and the coach organizes the practice and off-ice sessions. Dude
needs to scream at himself.
Screaming during a game, at either team or the game officials, shows a
complete lack of class and respect for the game. Coaches need to keep personal emotions in
check and realize there are twenty (or more) young men that are looking to him as a leader. Make the right impression, it can last a lifetime.
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Hockey Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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