1. You Have to Like Young People This has to be number one: you have to like being with kids. Your primary reason for coaching should be to watch young people grow, mature and develop. Sure, everybody likes to win, but if winning is the only thing that counts, you'll never get that deep feeling of pride and satisfaction that comes from watching your kids succeed at life. And it doesn't matter what age or gender you're talking about. You have to be in coaching for the right reasons. You must like youngsters and want to teach them proper values. These values include discipline, work ethic, conquering fear and tension, pride in their team and teammates, establishing reachable goals, and most importantly, the burning desire to accomplish those goals. 2. Organisation Be organised and plan for everything but at the same time be ready to improvise and think out of the box. Organise your training sessions and plan your whole season ahead. You won't accomplish half of what you set out to do without a concrete, workable plan. 3. Enthusiasm If we could bottle enthusiasm and sell it, we would be the richest people in the world. Enthusiasm is a must in coaching hockey. It is such a fantastic game to each and every one of us. The thought of working with "your kids" should truly motivate you and get you excited about what they are doing. Going back to the first premise of being a good coach, caring and liking kids, it would be a complete contradiction if you were not enthusiastic about teaching them the game. 4. Patience The gift of patience - what a virtue! The ability to go over things time and time again, never losing your enthusiasm, is an absolute for a great coach. Every great athlete had a mentor, a friend who had the patience to teach him the fundamentals of the game. One of the greatest joys of coaching is to see the least talented suddenly blossom, and all because you never gave up on him or her. 5. Persistence Patience and persistence are certainly a marriage. It is difficult to differentiate between these two virtues, and they truly go hand in hand in the coaching profession. You must persist, and you must teach your kids to persist. Persistence, in simple words, is "never give up." Each of us fail. It is what we do after we fail that is important. The beautiful aspect about defeat is that it is a powerful learning experience. â€œWinning isnâ€™t everything; but wanting to win isâ€ â€“ Vince Lombardi 6. Sincerity and Concern We get back to a coach's most important virtue - caring. You must be sincerely concerned about your athletes first as human beings and secondly about their physical abilities. If it's vice-versa, it won't work and resentment will be the end product of your relationship. Being truly concerned, to listen as well as teach, is not an easy virtue to acquire. 7. Being Fair Being fair goes along with sincerity and concern. Everyone wants a fair chance to show what he or she can do. They want the opportunity! Each day the coach has to evaluate his personnel. Each team member must be reviewed and analyzed. Great coaches have the gift of being able to evaluate personnel quickly and get them into the proper position and in the proper pecking order. But even great coaches get fooled when a player comes out of nowhere to make a great contribution to the team. An excellent attribute of many coaches is that they will spend as much time as possible with the reserves and make them feel their worth to the team. Leagues are won in many situations because the second team constantly pushed the first team to greater heights. 8. Integrity And Your Relationship With Your Coaching Peers Never compromise on rules. Rules are exactly that - rules! They are not suggestions. Never compromise on right or wrong. It is a black and white situation, not a gray area 9. Coaches Are Human Beings - Don't Be Afraid to Show It You are going to get angry and perhaps show it. You might get so emotional that you cry. If you care, you are going to cry. It is perfectly O.K. to show people that you love them. Don't just say it, show it. They are proud of you but they also miss a lot of family time because of your long coaching hours. So you must show them you love them at every opportunity. You are going to fail and make mistakes. If you offend someone, apologize as soon as possible, especially when you offend one of your players. They are like family. 10. Knowledge Players want a coach who knows the game. Most can bluff their way through something for a short time but pretty quickly players realize what the coach has to offer. The internet is your greatest friend; get ideas from others sports and be ready to learn from everyone and everywhere!