USA Hockey Magazine

January 2018

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O F F THE D R AW C OACHES HAVE ALWAYS spent hours putting together practice plans, but didn't receive instant feedback telling them if those drills were the most effective use of precious practice time. Starting this fall, USA Hockey coaches armed with the Mobile Coach App have been building plans and using the groundbreaking practice plan analyzer tool to immediately see if they're hitting the suggested marks for their age group. "USA Hockey has long had recommended guidelines for practice plans at each age group," said Mark Tabrum, director of the Coaching Education Program at USA Hockey. "This new tool gives you immediate feedback in the palm of your hand." The free tool is one of the many new features available for iOS and Android devices. "Since we first launched Mobile Coach in 2012, we've found new ways each year to improve the app," Tabrum said. "These new features are our best yet and we're excited for coaches to put them to use." P k No matter your skill level, this app can make you a better coach. k Great for quick reference and impromptu drills. k Must have app for ice hockey coaches. k Good program. I use it every timeā€¦ Helps me organize and keep kids active on skills. Using recommendations from the Skill Progression Manual, USA Hockey assigned tags to every drill, small area game and video in Mobile Coach in the individual skill development, hockey sense, systems and goaltending categories. By adding a drill or video to a practice plan, a coach receives credit for those attributes. Then the coach can select the age group for the analysis and Mobile Coach does the rest. The plan is then compared to the suggested target for the age group and the results are displayed with a visual chart, statistical breakdown and a suggested change should one be necessary. How The Practice Plan Analyzer Works USA Hockey Mobile Coach App Offers Best Tools For Grassroots Coaches Game Changer Phil Osaer RJ Copeland Aaron Pinion Scott Spurrier Testimonials 4 // JANUARY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 200 250 800 100 Mobile Coach By the Numbers drills & small area games practice plans free videos Skills and Drills DVD videos available for a one-time $8.99 in-app purchase manuals 400 M O R E T H A N

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