10 episodes

A provocative, in-depth podcast that examines the world of minor hockey, from coaching to program development to the myriad of issues faced by everyone in the game.

Grassroots: The Minor Hockey Show Richard Bercuson

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A provocative, in-depth podcast that examines the world of minor hockey, from coaching to program development to the myriad of issues faced by everyone in the game.

    Episode 55: And now, from Scandinavia...Part 2

    Episode 55: And now, from Scandinavia...Part 2

    As David Laszlo heads to Finland to oversee development and coaching for young teens, he sees that his new club seems to have a strong vision for its future. There will, of course, be new challenges, such as finding proper goalie coaching and dealing with parental issues. Some things never change though. Here's more from Laszlo and his Norwegian goalie coach Frederik Meling on minor hockey in that part of the world.

    • 31 min
    Episode 54: And now, from Scandinavia...Part 1

    Episode 54: And now, from Scandinavia...Part 1

    Chicago native David Laszlo was once a middle school teacher and later owned a pro shop where he often sharpened the skates of some Carolina Hurricanes players. Today, after eight years coaching minor in Denmark, Finland and Norway, he has learned much about hockey overseas and his own skills as a coach. For instance, he uses his whistle judiciously and talks less, a lesson he learned in Detroit when hearing that ice cost $400 per hour. "Am I worth nearly $7 a minute to hear myself talk?" Here's his conversation, along with his Norwegian goalie coach Frederik Meling, and host Richard Bercuson.

    • 46 min
    Episode 53: Inside the American Development Model

    Episode 53: Inside the American Development Model

    USA Hockey's ADM has radically changed the game south of the border, accomplishing much of what it had aimed to do years ago. It has increased participation in the sport and, at the same time, made US hockey a world power. In this episode, we see how it works in a Massachusetts community, as described by Al Ramsay,  who coaches and directs the program where he lives near Boston.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 52: Teaching what has "maximum impact"

    Episode 52: Teaching what has "maximum impact"

    At age 13, after years of playing various sports with boys, Kim McCullough began playing hockey. Just five years later, she was playing Div. 1 hockey at Dartmouth followed by stints in pro hockey. She's coached girls in junior, AA, and in national programs in addition to running development and strength/conditioning programs from her home base in Toronto's Leaside Girls Association. Her next challenge is stepping out of coaching and into mentoring and a broader development framework. What is she facing?

    • 59 min
    Episode 51: On Stupidity

    Episode 51: On Stupidity

    For no apparent reason, Grassroots goes in a completely different direction in this episode which, on the surface anyway, is not at all connected with minor hockey nor even sport.  The late economic historian Carlo Cipolla theorized that underestimating the stupid is done at our own peril. But why?

    • 9 min
    Episode 50: Three statements that are development killers

    Episode 50: Three statements that are development killers

    Anyone who's been around minor hockey for any length of time has heard them, perhaps even used one. From the standpoint of halting personal growth and/or organizational development in their tracks, three common statements are at the forefront. How will minor hockey's leaders ignore them and move forward or, as stated in the podcast, learn to discover new oceans by first leaving the shore?

    • 54 min

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