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Coaching Female Hockey Players

By CSYHA 18U Coach, 04/15/20, 12:45PM EDT


USA Hockey Guide Released

The following is a reprint from a USA Hockey Email to Coaches.  This said, after a full generation of coaching both male and female hockey players it is worth noting that there is a different, both mentally and physically.  If you are coaching female athletes thinking they are just like your male athletes you are missing the boat.

Maybe your female athletes are not maturing like the boys but that is the reason for this.  Chances are they are mentally seeing more before the boys, but physically maturing later.  Also, maybe they are more susceptible to specific injuries at different points in their development.  If you have ever wondered this, you were right to.  Take a look at this guide to help your teams by knowing that there is a difference in the development of players between the sexes. Read, learn, and use it to your teams’ advantage!

Are you starting to coach girls' hockey? Do you have female hockey players on your youth team? Are you a hockey director of a female hockey organization looking for a resource for your new incoming coaches?

USA Hockey Coaching Education Program has created a new resource material just for you. Coaching Female Hockey Players addresses topics such as:

  • Do girls and boys need to be coached differently?
  • How to prevent injuries that are prevalent for female hockey players.

The book also contains a Q&A with a hockey director of a girls hockey organization and three practice plans from the USA Hockey Girls National Development Camp. Included in this book are other resources and online links to help create a girl-centered environment among your team/association.

This resource is free and can be downloaded from the USA Hockey website at