The San Jose Jr. Sharks are now accepting applications for the 2023-24 season. If you are interested in coaching the Jr. Sharks girls or boys teams or have any questions, please email Curtis Brown, email@example.com. Coaching announcements will be made in early April.
This page was developed for the benefit of our coaches. We understand that the time and effort you give to this program are priceless. The Jr. Sharks want to make sure that all of our coaches are educated and prepared for their season and specific team. Below you will find information we feel will give you the knowledge to maximize the performance of your team. If you ever have any questions or concerns please contact the Director of the Jr Sharks, Curtis Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Practices should be focused on your specific age group. Using the format above for breakdowns in skill development for age groups, develop plans that will benefit your kids.
U12 teams and younger should always maximize the ice and use stations for repetition. U14 and older teams can begin to utilize full ice drills while also incorporating stations or "split squad" drills.
For more drill information, visit the USA Hockey website: http://www.admkids.com/page/show/915460-practice-plans
Small Area Games (SAG) is a great way to teach your players the game of hockey. SAG gives coaches the tools to teach their kids systems and hockey habits that are important to being a great hockey player. USA Hockey has provided a PDF with over 35 games, highlighting Transitions, Breakouts, Defensive Zone Play, Offensive Zone Play, Forechecking and Special Teams:
We encourage all of our coaches to use SAG for at least 15 minutes a practice. It is important to use SAG to get kids engaged and teach them how to compete. Using a SAG at the beginning of practice helps players focus right away.
Repetition is the mother of all learning. This saying is really old…old enough to be one of those latin phrases that’s engraved into stone: Repetitio mater studiorum est. It's the same in the classroom as it is in sports.
We should always seek to increase the number of repetitions for our players during all of our hockey practices. One of the best ways to create more repetitions is to break players into smaller groups and utilize the ice surface more efficiently though station-based practices. Ice time is a valuable commodity; we need to use it wisely for the development of our kids.
Coaches should spend less time talking and explaining drills, giving kids the opportunity to keep moving and get more repetitions in.
If you want to know what your players are really doing during a practice, use the form below, Player Activity Tracker, and see how you can help your players better.
Stage 1- Active Start Stage (Ages 0-6)
Stage 2- FUNdamental Stage (Ages 6-9)
Stage 3- Learning to Train (Ages 9-12)
Stage 4- Training to Train (Ages 12-16)
Stage 5- Learn to Compete (Ages 16-18)
Stage 6- Compete to Compete (18 and over)
For more information, visit USA Hockey: http://www.admkids.com/page/show/910488-long-term-athlete-development