Bench Management: It’s a Crucial Part of the Game

Legendary University of Wisconsin hockey coach, Badger Bob Johnson, said it best, “Coach on the bench not from the bench.” Game management and bench management are part of a winning strategy for your team.  From tasks as seemingly simple as how to conduct line changes, which coach mans which door to handling running clocks and which players to play are all part of game management.

Who is responsible for what on your bench? Who handles injuries, match-ups, discipline, constructive criticism, and praise?  As the head coach, it is your responsibility to organize your bench, organize your assistants, and organize your players. Beyond these more obvious management areas there are other more complex tasks the coach needs to deal with.

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