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Updated: December 16, 2009, 10:49 AM ET
Goalie Saves Tracker Application
Are you the parent (or fan) of a goalie or want an easy way to track their saves? Or, do you volunteer in a penalty box for games and don’t want to worry about finding a pen and paper?
Now there’s an easy way to track goalie saves using your iPhone or iPod Touch with the “Hockey Goalie Saves Tracker” app. For only 99¢ and a visit to Apple’s iTunes App store, goalie parents or off-ice officials will get a tool that makes tracking saves easier than ever.
The app is currently available on iTunes, and an update is awaiting approval from Apple. Updates included are the ability to save collected goalie stats if you need to close the application during a game you are tracking, and also the ability to clear the stats if you would like to start over.
Look for the application in Apple’s iTunes App Store by following this link: Hockey's Goalie Saves Tracker
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Youth Hockey Parents & Coaches:
I received this question from a travel hockey coach asking my advice on "How to Deal with Problem Parents?"
As a background to this question, Youth Hockey parents and players must realize coaching a travel team is much different
than coaching a House League or recreational team where having fun is the number one goal.
Coaching a travel team is serious business as the team must steadily improve and win a specific number of games to make the playoffs.
The coach and players goal is to finish the regular season as high as possible in the standings to secure home ice advantage during the playoffs. Having fun and skill improvement is still an objective of travel hockey but making the playoffs is the highest goal.
Prior to the start of the season the Head Travel Coach and his assistants should schedule a team Question and Answer meeting with both parents and players. By doing this, coaches will reduce the possibility of having problem parents by at least 95%.
This information sharing meeting will break the ice and give the coaches a chance to answer everyone's questions and to explain their coaching philosophy, i.e. winning hockey games or having fun, team goals and objectives for the season, rules and consequences, earned or equal ice time, on and off ice practices, length of shifts, power play and penalty killing make up, dress code, tournaments they intent to enter this season, cost for the season, etc.
Both parents and players should have the opportunity to ask teh coaches questions. If the parents and players agree with the coach's philosophy and answers they join the team. But, if they disagree, they still have the opportunity to gracefully turn down the offer to join the team.
There should be no major surprises for parents or players during the season. However, having said that, some problems, concerns and situations will arise during the long season, they always do.
The team should have a means in place to address these periodic problems and a private chat after the game or practice with the head coach and the parent or player should be scheduled to resolve the situation.
An elected or appointed parent liaison person might be the perfect person to set up a meeting or to bring situations to the coach for him/her to address. Situations must be addressed and solved by the coaches and management of the team as soon as possible.
If a resolution cannot be found and the player or parent continues to disrupt the team, one course of action for the coach is to bench the player or even suspend him. This discipline usually gets the positive results the coach is looking for.However, if it does not, and only as a last resort, if the situation is so serious and cannot be resolved, the Head coach may have to release the player for the good of the team.
Parents of the other players can try to reason with the problem parent before the situation gets serious. Sometimes getting another parent's point of view to a hockey problem works wonders.
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