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Resource Of The Week: Coaches Checking In With Players


Welcome to the PCA-Seattle Resource of the week. Every Thursday at 10 a.m. PT, you will receive a video tip for coaches, parents, athletes, or leaders. is free and includes nearly 1,500 free multimedia resources for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders.

This week's resource features Brad Frost, Head Coach of the University of Minnesota Women's Ice Hockey Team

Brad Frost is the Head Coach for the University of Minnesota Women's Ice Hockey team. The Bethel University graduate has guided the Gophers to four NCAA national championships, six NCAA Frozen Four appearances, five WCHA regular season titles and three WCHA Final Face-Off championships. Frost concluded the 2015-16 season with a career record of 293-45-22 (.844) and has not had a team finish lower than second in the WCHA. 

Touch points, according to Frost, are an invaluable method to make sure no player goes without attention throughout practice. Frost advises coaches to find a way check-in with each player at practice every day. By check-in, Frost urges coaches to talk to players about their day, their family, and other things that may matter to them. By doing this, your players will notice that you care, and each player will feel valued throughout a season at each practice. Often coaches talk to the team as a group and maybe select individuals, but the one on one check in is particularly valuable in helping kids know they matter to a coach as more than just a player, but as a person.

PCA-Seattle focuses on bringing the power of positive to youth sports in Seattle through live workshops and online resources in partnership with local schools and youth sports organizations. 

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