My first official function as the Squirts head coach begins tomorrow with a coaches meeting at my place. I'm not sure but I think I'm going to blow them away with all my expectations, ideas, and philosophies. Oh well, I believe the more planning coaches do, the better the team. So, we are going to plan, plan, and plan some more.
I already have a five-page outline just for the first meeting with lots of lots of additional information for subsequent meetings. We are going to plan our overall team goals for the year, how to reach those goals, the hockey calendar, and all the practices. I've also setup a website where we can communicate with players, parents, and coaches as well as publish practice plans.
Along with that, I have a huge notebook full of ideas, books, knowledge, forms, and whatnots as well as checking out three books on hockey. But, I'm tired of preparing and ready to start planning with the coaches and start the season!
Yup, I'm nervous, beyond that of normal beginnings nervousness. I don't have background or experience in hockey so I have to rely on my fellow coaches for all this. I know how to coach, I just don't know the game of hockey as well as I'd like to.