It’s not how fast you skate that’s important, but how fast you think. Think less play faster hockey is about helping players get to the skilled or unconscious competence stage in the hierarchy of learning in key areas of the game to become an elite player.

Key Areas of the Game

  1. Technical Hockey Skills,
  2. Hockey Sense (IQ) or Interpretive Skills,
  3. Individual and Group Tactical (Systems) Skills,
  4. Character Development,
  5. Emotional Intelligence Development,
  6. Physical Conditional (Fitness, Strength, Flexibility),

Hierarchy of Learning Chart

Hierarchy of Learning – Goal is Unconscious Competence (Skilled Stage)
That Free Mindset – Skilled Stage or Unconscious Competence in the Hierarchy of Learning


The coaching process must be a Relationship Based Approach. Every coach should want their players to succeed in life and in sports so the approach must be person 1st and athlete 2nd. A sports career is short so the focus must be on character development to ensure the players are learning skills that will help them through life’s challenges.

The data overwhelming supports character drives performance. The technical skills and athletic ability of a player will take them only so far, it is the personal choices they make every day that determine the likelihood of being successful in sports and in life.

Every coach should be a role model for players and coaching character should be their # 1 priority.

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