SETTING TEAM GOALS

Like any entity that wants success; team goals need to be set. As hockey is a team sport it is very important to have each and every one directly associated with the team; including managers, assistant coaches, trainers, etc., all sharing the same goals and understanding the way the team is being coached to play. If there are individual agendas that conflict with team goals or the coach’s efforts then the cohesion of the team will never be completely established nor will they play as a team.

Success can be had with the following simple goals.

When on the offensive (our team has the puck) the goal is;

TO CREATE A GOOD SCORING OPPORTUNITY FROM THE SLOT AREA 

When on the defensive (their team has the puck) our goal is;

TO PREVENT THE OTHER TEAM FROM GETTING A SCORING OPPORTUNITY 

Remember the basic concepts mentioned earlier;

When our team has the puck we are playing offensive hockey. 

When their team has the puck we are playing defensive hockey. 

Coaches point out that it does not matter where a player is on the ice; if our team has the puck we are trying to create a good scoring opportunity and when their team has the puck we are trying to stop them from getting a good shot on our net.

Our team will play a great game of hockey if they get numerous and good scoring opportunities. If at the same time they keep the other team to few chances on our net then the odds are our team will be successful.