Game Plan/Coaching Strategy/Practice Plans/Preparation:
- Preparation is the name of the game. “Practicing,” “scouting” the opponent, and making “adjustments,” should all be a part of the “game plan.” Plans for goaltending, "defensive systems," transition systems,” “offensive systems,” special teams, and “set-plays” for different “situations” during the game, should all be addressed in a coach’s “practice plans” and later discussed among the team staff (assistant coaches) well prior to Game Play. If in the playoffs or before a game with important implications on the season, coaches of advanced players should incorporate practicing against the team defense/offense used by the opponent (see scouting) into their practice plans.
- Players on both offense and defense should always know what the “situation” is before stepping onto the floor. It could be power-play, short-handed, “multiple re-set” or a number of other potential “scenarios.” Be aware of: time on the shot clock, time in the period, quarter, half or game, time in a penalty, “delayed penalties,” and pulled goalies." On a more global scale, players must understand their roles and also the defensive, transition and offensive systems being played at any particular time during game/season.
Taking “Inventory”/Identify Personnel:
- Taking inventory can refer to generally assessing a situation during a game, or otherwise having an understanding of exactly who you are playing against in a given situation. Marquee players require a little bit more attention in certain situations, especially in transition (fast-breaks), which is a concept that coaches should address at practice, before games and/or when discussing match-ups.
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