Floorball Goalie Trainer or Goal Scoring Coach

You can have a Floorball Head Coach, assistant coach, defense coach, goalie trainer and other coaching or support functions around the floorball team, but who is the goal scoring coach or trainer?

Floorball goal scoring coach or goalie trainer

This subject was discussed during the International Hockey Coaching Symposium I attended during the World Championships in ice hockey in Sweden / Finland, together with all the Swedish Elite hockey coaches.

Torgny Bendelin, a famous Swedish hockey coach talked about this topic. Hockey and also floorball on elite level is changing, the game is faster, harder, quicker and the time players have to make their decissions is reduced to a minimum.

In hockey and I think also in floorball a lot of time has been put in to develop the skills of the goalies, with help from special goalie trainers. The goalies are good in positioning and working with different angles towards the shooter.

Floorball goalie drills or shooting practices

Therefore the players need to:
– Shoot quickly or quicker than before
– Shoot with precision
– Shoot hard/fast
– “Hide” the shot
– Shoot unannounced

These are the areas you also need to practice if you want to be a good future goal scorer in floorball.

This topic will continue in later posts…

Floorball – Assistant coach or coaches

It is important to find assistants that are skilled in areas that the floorball head coach has little experience in, or little joy in doing. If the head coach hates fund-raising, or dealing with the officials, or even going to floorball league meetings, then the head coach should look for assistants who enjoy these tasks around the floorball team. Do not find yourself in the situation where there are four floorball coaches on the team who all want to be in charge of the same area this is worse than having no help what so ever.

Floorball passing drills and practices

Divide your efforts and make sure to delegate responsibility for certain coaching tasks.  Make sure that each floorball assistant coach has a say in the decision making, yet still be willing to defer to the head coach in case of disputes. That said, don’t be afraid to allow your assistants to operate independently at times as well. Always remember that the old saying, two heads are better than one.  And in the world of floorball coaching, four or five heads are usually MUCH better than one!

Floorball coaching staff

It seems like good floorball teams always have luck, you look over to their side of the field and the head coach seems to have a ton of help. Floorball parents seem to positively flock in to help winning teams! Or just maybe it’s the other way around, maybe the floorball team is successful because of the staff around it. Maybe the real truth is this, behind every successful floorball coach, there is a helpful coaching staff.

Talk to long-time floorball coaches and you’ll discover one thing mighty quickly. Most of them have several people that have been working with them for years. They have an assistant coach, maybe even two or three. They have some parents that help with fund-raising; they may even have the same sponsor year after year.

Youth floorball coaching, training, practices and drills

This isn’t just luck, it’s smart planning on the part of a head coach. Smart floorball coaches make sure that they have plenty of help, and plenty of the right kind of help. Before the floorball season has even begun, they probably have decided on a program and gotten their assistants to commit to another season. Even first year floorball coaches can do this, they might get off to a later start than the returning coach, but they certainly should spend the floorball pre-season finding as much help as possible.