As coaches, one of the most important values that we can teach our kids is the ability to communicate.

On the ice, communication flat-out makes the game easier.  In a game where time and space is of the utmost importance, communication can help your teammate gain a just little bit more…which can lead to big, big results.

But on the bench, communication is so underrated as well…in a couple different ways:

  1. Communication between linemates can be huge for being on the same page to the adjustments that need to be made during a game.  There are ebbs and flows, changes within a game where you can gameplan together on how to beat what the other team is throwing at you.  This video shows the top line of the Bruins doing just that.
  2. Communication as a team can keep your team energized during a game.  Being engaged to what is happening on the ice…specifically with sacrifice plays like taking a hit to make a play or blocking shots…can lead to huge team camaraderie and energy during throughout the game
  3. Communication itself can keep you engaged in the game. It’s easy to lose focus on other things throughout a game…but talking to teammates and being engaged while watching the play can help you keep your focus on what’s important in the moment.

The best players in the game are talking CONSTANTLY.  On the ice, on the bench, in the locker room, during games and practices.  They are engaged and vocal, and that helps to get everyone on the same page.

Coaches…communication is key.  It’s a habit we must develop in our players!