Gifts for Coaches
November 19, 2018
What could a coach possibly need? If you’re buying for your child’s coach, your coach, or even a family member who happens to be a bench boss, you may be having trouble coming up with perfect gifts for hockey coaches. In this installment of our buying guide, we focus on the people who work relentlessly to make players better, both on and off the ice.
Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post and find the rest of our buying-guide series.
The xPasser 1.0 and 2.0 have been a big item for us for years. The latest addition to the family, the xPasser Dual Pro, is designed with both the beginner and elite player in mind.
Previous xPassers sling a pass back to the player quickly, allowing him or her to work on the mechanics of pass reception while moving at high speeds. Other xPassers, lik our previous xPaaser Give-N-Go, was built more for the veteran player who wanted the return pass to arrive back at the same rate of speed as the original pass. The Dual Pro utilizes both of these features to allow for training for both types of players. Basically, one side is the xPasser 1.0 and the other is the xPasser Give-N-Go.
The original xPassers, the xPasser and xPasser 2.0 are what started it all for coaches seeking passing tools. They are a staple of xHockeyProducts and help us explain why we do what we do: help players become better athletes on and off the ice.
xPassers enhance vision, precision and creativity. They are durable and are relied upon by coaches across the world.
Even Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux was surprised at how well the xPassers work on hockey skills..
Practices just got more intense and creative for the coaching staff.
If you’re not quite ready to spend as much as is needed for the bundle, you can purchase them individually.
A vital part to a player of any playing level is understanding proper stickhandling techniques and keeping his or her head up. The xDeviator 4.0 is the perfect tool for this aspect of the game, creating a physical obstacle for players to work through. It allows for speeds of all kinds, forcing players to want to work faster on each attempt.
A few years ago, the Sedin twins took part in some on-ice antics with the xDeviators.
You can see why coach Jamie Rivers uses it in many of his training programs. It’s why it’s one of the top gifts for hockey coaches.
Dry-Erase Suction Cup Board — 15″ x 24″
Every coach needs to show his or her team the proper breakout and offensive-zone techniques, not to mention mapping out drills for practices. Coaches want something they can keep nearly forever, without worry of marks being left and the board faltering over time. The Hockey Dry Erase Coach Board uses deep-socket suction cups for long-lasting suction, while the board itself is made with a specialized, heat-pressed rigid Masonite material with a clear-coated rink graphic.
This board is easy to write and wipe away without worry of the rink graphic pulling away, making it the perfect tool for any coach.
For a cost-effective alternative, check out the 9″ x 15″ version.
Every coach knows there are more than just five holes on a goalie. Most shooter tutors only allow for the five (as well as the ones that slide along the ice and sneak past the plastic tarp material). The xGoalie Shooter Tutor is a little more advanced than what you probably see at training sessions at your home rink.
Built with heavy-duty Armor Weave Polyester, the xGoalie includes specialized PVC rubber backing and reinforced binding around all openings and edges, stopping pucks from just sliding past. The extra two holes — often called the six and seven holes — teach players to shoot for the opening, rather than just looking for a bar-and-in shot.
Easily transportable, even in a coach’s bag, the xGoalie Shooter Tutor not only fits our gifts for coaches theme, but also for entire hockey teams!
Nobody likes gathering the pucks after warm-ups or practice (you can’t always make the rookie do it). The answer to this is the Puck Catcher.
The easiest way to catch and gather pucks, the Puck Catcher helps develop soft hands and tape-to-tape passing ability thanks to its unique flip-up ramp. Anything to put more of the onus on the players and take a duty off the coach’s hands is always a solid idea for the bench boss! Gifts for coaches should allow them to work less, should it not?
At xHockeyProducts, we offer packages for you to buy a few pucks along with the Puck Catcher for a great bundle! Don’t forget to choose some biscuits to go along with the coach’s new tool when ordering.
No need to carry around multiple tools for all the repairs to every piece of equipment the coach may need to work on.
The HockeyTUL includes five fold-out tools to help maintain gear properly. This includes a sharpening stone, helmet repair, lace tightener, pliers for pulling frayed laces through eyelets, scissors for tape, bottle opener and a carrying case.
This is safe for players of all ages, as there are no blades and the scissors are rounded at the edges.
Edge Again Skate Sharpener (Player or Goalie)
Are there better hockey Christmas gifts than the practical ones? Coach probably won’t expect it this Christmas morning, but he or she will sure be glad to see this powerful tool sitting on the bench. Whether using the player or goalie version, the Edge Again Skate Sharpener becomes the ultimate trainer for any team.
The Edge Again Skate Sharpener will cut down on everyone’s skate-sharpening costs, while also providing a useful learning activity to young hockey players.
Edge Again also offers manual skate sharpeners, which can double as nice stocking stuffers or Secret Santa presents.
Stay tuned for more in our gift-buying series!
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