The “Plan – Do – Review” model is an essential tool for coaches that will enable a clearer picture of what each training session looks like, what worked, why it worked and what changes may be included for the next session.
Focusing on the “Plan” of “Plan – Do – Review”, coaches should consider the following:
- Long term planning is an important requirement in the training process, and it relies on the parameters and content of the trainings that are included in smaller blocks of training cycles. Long term planning gives landmarks of the expected performance gains or expected results in the major competitions of the athlete in the future. Planning for the season involves selecting the season’s content (objectives that involve skills, rules, strategies, conditioning and attitudes) and organizing it into a plan from which practices, games, and other events can be efficiently managed.
- Planning of smaller training blocks or phases ... Practice efficiency is one of the most important points of consideration when designing and executing an effective practice. With the scarcity (and expense) of ice time, it is imperative that each session is structured to keep the players moving as much as possible. While it is important to provide clear instructions with age-appropriate terminology and precise demonstrations, the coach needs to do this as concisely as possible. Stress this point to the other coaches running the practice stations; in simplest terms, give a quick explanation and demonstration and get the players moving. One of the goals of a station practice is to maximize opportunities for the players.