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Literature on youth ice hockey indicates that there is a need for changes so children can play a safer game in a more fair-play environment. Throughout this paper we argue that with the existing training programs for coaches and the others involved in youth ice hockey it will be difficult to move in that direction. The adoption of values like integrity, respect, and fairness is dependent upon recognizing the importance of providing a context where participants can negotiate the meaning of these concepts and how they should be implemented. In this perspective, learning is defined as an exchange of views as opposed to the traditional perspective where learning is the result of teaching. Based on Wenger's conceptual framework, when a group of people share a joint enterprise and deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis we see the emergence of a Community of Practice. The important role that communities of practice can play has been demonstrated in many areas such as education and business.
coach development, learning, youth ice hockey, community of practice, values
Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Ottawa, ON
Assistant professor, California State University, Fresno, CA