My name is Keith Bray and I am looking forward to being one of the Novice B Competitive head coaches for the 2018-19 season.
I am excited to motivate and educate these young players, and I will draw on my past playing experiences from minor through to varsity hockey, as well as my various coaching experiences to offer each athlete the opportunity to improve both as a player and a person.
I feel that the most important element of coaching the Novice age group is to TEACH while continuing to foster the love of the game. It is important to me that the girls have fun while learning the fundamental skills of skating, passing, and shooting. I will also spend an appropriate amount of time teaching positional and team play as per Hockey Canada guidelines.
Players will have the opportunity to play various positions, so they can explore which position feels most comfortable to them.
Player participation and enjoyment will be of the utmost importance along with individual improvement. Additionally: players will have fair ice time, be expected to learn how to be a good teammate on and off the ice, learn how to communicate appropriately, and to work hard during practices and games.
The goal of the program is to have all players improve over the course of the season, and that each player develops new skills and a better understanding of how the game is played.
There will be 3-4 practices a week and some off ice positional practices. It is expected that all families participate in some capacity to achieve team success: Assistant Coaches, Team Manager, Treasurer, Fundraiser Coordinator, Trainer, etc
Expect 4 tournaments to be scheduled for the upcoming season plus the potential for provincials in April. Dates and locations will be updated once tournaments are finalized. There may also be a hockey experience in Burlington, Vermont with a local association and the University of Vermont (instead of a 5th tournament).