Coaching Youth Hockey: From Mites to PeeWeesby Patrick Burke
In Coaching Youth Hockey: From Mites to PeeWees, Coach Patrick Burke presents over 50 hockey drills, skill demonstrations and practice ideas developed specifically for teaching young hockey players how to play the game. Starting with basic skating, passing and footwork skills and progressing to more advanced techniques and age-appropriate games, this plan is ideal for first, second, and third year coaches.
Patrick Burke, the principal of Vermont's South Burlington High School, is a USA Hockey- and American Sport Education Program-certified hockey coach and a USA Hockey ACE (Association Coaching Education) Director.
Burke has coached at nearly every level from mites to college and has served as the head varsity coach at three New England high schools: St. Bernard (Conn.); Champlain Valley (Vt.), where he led his team to a state championship; and South Burlington (Vt).
He has coached U-18 all-star teams in Vermont and in the New England Yankee All-Star Festival, and now is coaching on the youth level with the Essex (Vt.) Sting and the Vermont Shamrocks. His focus has always been on player development, hard work and fun. He has been recoginized for coaching excellence by the Positive Youth Sports Alliance and was Vermont's principal of the year in 2006.
As a player, Burke played AAA and junior hockey for the Ramapo (N.Y.) Saints and the New Jersey Rockets, as well as college hockey for Connecticut College.