Why Coaches Hate Over-Involved Parents

Posted by Amey Doyle on May 16, 2016
Why Coaches Hate Over-Involved Parents

When did it become okay for Moms and Dads to rant and rave in the stands and feel entitled to text, email and call up their child’s coaches about anything that rubs them wrong?

My husband, Keith Carney, played 17 years in the National Hockey League and then spent three seasons as Player Development Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks before deciding to stay home and coach Bantam hockey in Arizona. I’m surprised that despite his proven success in the game, how often parents (even...

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Former Olympian, AJ Mleczko Griswold, Struggles with the Competitive Nature of Youth Sports

Posted by Amey Doyle on May 16, 2016
Former Olympian, AJ Mleczko Griswold, Struggles with the Competitive Nature of Youth Sports

The culture of youth sports today is a constant source of frustration for me.

I love sports and playing them throughout my childhood offered me so many life lessons. I want my children to also reap the benefits of participating in a variety of activities. I don’t need them to be the best at their sport(s). Nor do I need them to play on the best team(s).  My primary goal is that they have FUN. I know there are...

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How Not to Be “That” Sport Parent: 6 Positive Actions You Can Take

Posted by Amey Doyle on February 16, 2016
How Not to Be “That” Sport Parent: 6 Positive Actions You Can Take

Many of these suggestions are common sense but I think they are a healthy reminder for evey parent!! 

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Pulling from my own vault of parental sports experiences, I always go back to this extreme, but true, example of a parental “what not to do and how not to be.” As these stories all seem to go, it came down to the Little League championship game. The score was 7-6 in the bottom of the final inning, bases loaded with the tying...

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A hockey mom puts herself in the penalty box

Posted by Amey Doyle on February 16, 2016
A hockey mom puts herself in the penalty box

This is an article I came across this morning and thought it might hit home with some.  I still get caught off guard when I hear parents (and fans) in the stands during minor hockey games.  Generally I am on the ice at practices where there is not a lot of competition and therefore not a lot of yelling from parents...sometimes I go to watch the games and really find it crazy to hear the things that come out of the mouth of some people!  ...

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Don’t Be That Guy: 7 Attributes of Bad Minor Hockey Coaches

Posted by Amey Doyle on January 15, 2016
Don’t Be That Guy: 7 Attributes of Bad Minor Hockey Coaches

Attention Coaches: Here is a great blog post by Jamie McKinven to remind you what NOT TO DO!!! Happy coaching everyone!!!

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7 Attributes of Bad Minor Hockey Coaches, in no particular order

1.  Screaming Between the Whistles

Nothing annoys me more than when you see a coach screaming at players during the play at a minor hockey game. It serves no purpose other than to fuel anxiety and confusion. This is what ineffective coaches don’t understand. They think...

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The Benefits of Private Coaching Extend Beyond The Ice

Posted by Amey Doyle on February 13, 2015
The Benefits of Private Coaching Extend Beyond The Ice

My work as a private instructor is something that I am extremely proud of.  I have worked individually with a number of athletes ranging in skill level from beginner to Olympic Champions.  Every player that I have worked with has given me a challenge and I have worked extremely hard in developing these players. You build a trust, a connection with these athletes and do ultimately help them become better people.   I recently read this article from TeamSnap.com and thought it was important to...

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Coaching With a Purpose: Mixing Mental Lessons With Physical Ones Read more at https://blog.teamsnap

Posted by Amey Doyle on February 10, 2015
Coaching With a Purpose: Mixing Mental Lessons With Physical Ones Read more at https://blog.teamsnap

In just the last two decades, coaches are finally realizing the tremendous impact they can have on their win/loss record and the respect of their athletes by coaching the mental game.

There are still plenty of old-school coaches out there who ignore the reasons why such brilliant coaches as Phil Jackson, Bill Walsh and Tommy Lasorda were so successful. These coaches—and every other wildly successful coach—understand human psychology and how to get the most out of their human athletes.

The...

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