In addition to continued investment into its national team programs, the Korean Ice Hockey Association focused this weekend on the management side of the game, hosting a seminar for 70 local coaches.
The seminar is part of a wider effort to develop and improve hockey within the country ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. The Korean Coaches were invited to participate in the Introduction to Coaching / Learn to play course in a joint venture seminar from the Korea Ice Hockey Association and the IIHF. Special requested topics such as “Off-ice training” and “Tactical drills” were covered.
Korea has big challenges as well as a big opportunity and is one of the few countries in the world in which the sport is implemented in schools and universities. It is a privilege as there is no better place to build player skills inside school and university programs and succeed both athletically and academically.
The start of the Introduction to Coaching / Learn to Play Seminar is just the beginning of this coaching license program and to educate the coaches according the IIHF Coaching program four years in a row.
For the Korean Ice Hockey Association and its newly elected president Mr. Mongwon Chung and his team it is important that there is a solid basis throughout all different levels and age categories.
“We will do our best to lead hockey in Korea in a positive way and to improve hockey in all different areas,” he said.
With the final goal to build up a pool of Korean instructors and a Korean coaching board, things are headed in the right direction for Korean’s hockey development.