Welcome to May. Welcome to professional development!
May is a great month for professional development.
The season, playoffs, and tryouts are over. Everyone is still in work mode. Kids–and teachers–are still in school. The weather, especially in the Northern tier, still isn’t quite where we’d like it. It’s a great time to get all those pesky requirements (Modules, SafeSport, etc.) out of the way. It’s also a great time to expand your coaching repertoire.
But professional development doesn’t end with coaches. Players can make huge strides in getting bigger, faster, and stronger (Smarter, too!). Want to really get some power in that slap shot? This is the time to do it.
Parents, you guys aren’t off the hook. We have some suggestions for you too! Hey, if players improve, and coaches improve, you don’t want to be left behind. If everyone on your team–players, parents, and coaches–improves, you will be unstoppable next season!
What does ‘professional development’ bring to your mind?
Professional development can mean many different things to different people. Many tradespeople–plumbers, carpenters, and electricians–picture many a beautiful Saturday spent in some windowless hotel meeting room, listening to some guy drone on about theory they may never use. They fill the square, but the square may have no actual, real-world merit.
Business folks picture some dreaded course for a credential they are told they need, but in all likelihood will have no practical application in their day-to-day work life. Hours wasted to do nothing more than fill a block on their next appraisal.
For your kids–our players–that usually means a required summer reading list. The classics skimmed on a rainy afternoon while daydreaming about sunnier days on the beach. Little actually gets absorbed.
Professional development shouldn’t be drudgery. It can be fun!
We get it, but that’s not what we mean. We think professional development can be–and should be–fun!
Whether a player is working on his shot, or reading Gordie Howe’s book, it is still hockey related. That’s fun! How ’bout a coach reading about the best in the business, or leadership, or researching a new drill? Yup, that’s fun too. Parents, need a good laugh? Or how about some tips to save a few bucks, because everyone will need new skates at the start of the season. That can be fun and profitable! Ahh, the twofer.
It’s also a great time to start planning for the summer months! Yes, vacations, but even more than that. Heading to the beach or the mountains? What are you taking along to read?
Summer reading lists are common for kids in school, but it can be a great idea for coaches as well. Additionally, kids–players–may want a break from Flowers for Algernon, and read something a little closer to home. Let’s face it, if kids are reading–something, anything other than their text messages–can it be a bad thing? We don’t think so.
Professional Development isn’t just reading
There is more to it than reading. (Although, we happen to be pretty fond of reading.) The NHL playoffs are in full-swing. (Yes. Watching hockey counts as professional development!) When was the last time you grabbed your stick? The last tryout of the season? Professional development can be any number of things, and it applies to all our Hockey Dawgs–players, coaches–even parents! Yup, we have something for you too.
Throughout the month of May, we will have tips, tricks, and suggestions for all Hockey Dawgs to hit the ice next season with a leg up!
Hey, do you want to be a better player? Of course you do! You have to make the commitment to make yourself better. No one can do it for you. We will have some suggestions throughout the month for you to be bigger, faster, stronger next season.
You want your players to be bigger, faster, and stronger when they get back to the rink, right? You want your players to improve themselves. What are you doing to develop yourselves? We’ll have some suggestions to make you a better coach, when you return to the rink.
You want your players to improve. You can suggest, but you can’t push. They have to take some initiative. You have done enough. You buy the equipment, get the skates sharpened, paid the tuition, and driven all over the region, at all hours, to get your player to the rink on time. That’s a lot.
Hey, Coach, it sounds like you are making everyone year-round hockey. What’s up?
Well, no. If a player, parent or coach wants to get better, we want to help. We don’t propose anyone should be 100% hockey 24/7/365. That is a formula for burnout! That’s not good for anyone.
Players, Parents, and coaches should all have other interests. (That includes us, by the way.) Players should be playing other sports too. Parents and coaches, like players, need time away from the rink–both physically and mentally. It’s only healthy. (That’s why we took some time off last week.)
But if all Hockey Dawgs want to improve, the off-season is the time to do it.
We have a lot planned. Check back often. If you miss something we will be sure to post it on the appropriate page. Better yet, sign-up and have our stuff delivered to your inbox!
Why May? Why not!
Actually, if you will be back in the rink by the end of August, it gives you three months before you’re back on the ice. Three months! You can make a some major improvements in three months. If you want to be a stronger player, a smarter coach, or a better hockey parent, we have something in store for you, in May.
We are excited for this. We are so excited we actually got a head start. First Aid for coaches was published last week. We are looking forward to a full month with lots of good stuff for everyone.