- Assist with player evaluation and the player selection process
- Assist with planning, organizing and conducting practices
- Assist with pre-game preparation
- Assist with the operation of the team during the games
- Assist with scouting and evaluation of opponents
- Assist with the supervision of players off and on the ice
- Assist with the formulation of the game plan
- Submit a year end report to the head coach containing player observations
- Report to the head coach
The following qualifications can be applied to both the Head Coach and the Assistant.
These are some questions that a coach or assistant coach should consider when dealing with players:
- How are your team rules communicated to the players?
- How do you instill a sense of motivation into one or more players?
- Do you see yourself as a role model for the athlete?
- How do you handle the player who does not get along with teammates?
- What approach will you take to individual and team discipline?
- What is your approach when dealing with players who have suggestions?
- How would you handle a situation where there is jealousy between two players or where two players dislike one another?
- How do you handle behavior changes of your players at the specific age group?
- What makes players of this age-group different from adults?
These are some questions that a coach or assistant coach should consider when dealing with parents:
- How you would handle a parent who has a different philosophy or game plan than yours?
- What is your approach when dealing with parents who have criticisms and/or complaints?
- What is your approach when you hear that a parent is criticizing you "behind your back" and hasn't approached you on their own to discuss the concern?
- How would you approach the parent who is excessively vocal and negative in the stands knowing that it is affecting either their own child or the team?
- How would you handle a complaint from a parent that his/her child does not play enough?
- How would you handle complaints/accusations from a parent that the team's budget isn't in order and that there may be money missing?
- What are the most important steps in a dispute resolution?
A self-evaluation is a useful tool for personal development. At a minimum, it creates an introspective look into an individuals personal coaching style and motivations. It can target strengths and weaknesses, and may lead to realizations about barriers to effective coaching style.
The following sets of questions can help you articulate your philosophy of coaching as well as the atmosphere of your team and practices.
- How do I want players to interact on the ice?
- What resources should be available to my players?
- What was the most important thing I tried to teach the players this week, month?
- What is the most important thing my players will learn from me this season?
- What did I learn from my players this week?
- Did I reach my coaching goals?
- Are the players having fun? Am I having fun?