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The Most Important Element Of A Practice Plan: Adjusting If Necessary

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Brad Frost is the Head Coach for the University of Minnesota Women's Ice Hockey (@GopherWHockey) 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.

Frost emphasizes the importance of coaches being flexible with practice plans. They need to be able to adjust the plans based on how the team is looking and playing. The key to having a plan is a guideline for what a coach wants to accomplish at practice. The coach needs to be able to adjust drills and intensity levels so that the team can achieve these goals. Sometimes that requires easing up on the team, and other times that means pushing them a little harder.