Systematic Observation of Youth Ice Hockey Coaches During Games
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The behaviors of youth ice hockey coaches during games are examined using the Coaches Observation System for Games. This tool identifies 16 types of coach behaviors and eight targets of such behaviors. Findings reveal that coaches spend 51.2% of their time simply observing the game. Other common coach behaviors are organizing (15%), directing the game (8.1%) and giving information (6.1%). Targets of these behaviors include players in action (40.9%), on the bench (30.4%) and in transition (22.3%).