All I can say is: not very happy with the Stars team tonight (from now on, I'll refer to Stars and Minik teams. Stars: 10-13 yr olds. Minik: 6 to 10. Also, I am assistant coach for these two teams and head coach of the women's team - not sure if I had already mentioned that).
First of all, tonight saw a low turnout with only six skaters. Second of all, they looked lazy. Really lazy. Maybe it's just a factor of it being a school night, plus the low turnout or maybe because they went from warm up scrimmage right to power skating - not sure.
I ran the power skating session with them and the head coach ran some 2 on 0 drills afterwards. While skating they looked ok with normal C cuts, but only one of the six could do outside edges when we practiced this. Also, hardly any of them could maintain a 90 degree angle while doing crossover steps. The laziness really set in during the 2 on 0 drills.
I'm a little frustrated with the team since I know they can do better - but they're good kids and also fun to be around (a couple of goofballs are always good for team chemistry). But next practice: first half hour of OUTSIDE EDGES ONLY!!