Coaching Course puts Ball Hockey on the Map for International Schools in China

November 30, 2018

The sport of ball hockey has taken another large step for its growth in China, as 18 teachers from 10 international schools in Beijing were the first coaches in China to receive certification from the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF).

The teachers took part in a coaching certification program on November 10, at Beijing’s ORG arena, which gave them theoretical and practical training to deliver a ball hockey program to students.

CanLife Sports Founder Curtis Dracz and Professional Coach and Team China Ball Hockey Player Michael Kusy led the course, while former NHL player Todd Elik was the keynote presenter. Elik spent eight years in the NHL and now acts as the General Manager of Beijing Junior Kings.

Ball hockey is often seen as an economical way to introduce youth to the game of hockey. It also serves as a great way for existing ice hockey players to gain training off the ice.

In addition to the coaches training, the host company CanLife offers its support to the coaches and their schools with drills, rules, and equipment. All of the schools involved will take part in an international school ball hockey tournament hosted by CanLife in the near future.

“The goal of offering the coaching course and the ball hockey tournament is to allow all schools to grow and develop the game using a proven collection of world-leading tools and knowledge,” Dracz said of the events. “Consistency and an established method of instruction and implementation are key to developing the sport in the right way in this exciting, emerging region.”


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