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J.S. R., Chicago, IL Ice Hockey Coach

J.S. R.

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My 20 years of coaching experience has taught me to focus on the development of player's skills through proper skill progressions which builds skill mastery for games. View all coaching experience

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Light Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 session package with Coach J.S.. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$80 1 session + one-time fee

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Standard Package
Recommended
In-Person Training for a single athlete

3 session package with Coach J.S.. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$230 3 sessions ($77/ea) + one-time fee

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Pro Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

5 session package with Coach J.S.. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$375 5 sessions ($75/ea) + one-time fee

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Elite Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

10 session package with Coach J.S.. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$695 10 sessions ($70/ea) + one-time fee

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Game Analysis
Online Training for a single athlete

Provide me with a video of player's game or practice. (If you play in a rink that has LiveBarn, I'll just need the name of the rink, and the day and time of the game or practice. I'll analyze the player's skills, habits, ... See More

Session Length: 45 minutes

$50 1 session + one-time fee

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2 Player Trial
In-Person Training for up to 2 athletes

1 session package with Coach J.S. for 2 players. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$95 1 session + one-time fee

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2 Player Light
In-Person Training for up to 2 athletes

3 session package with Coach J.S. for 2 players. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 minute

$270 3 sessions ($90/ea) + one-time fee

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2 Player Elite
In-Person Training for up to 2 athletes

10 session package with Coach J.S. for 2 players. 60 minute session length.

Session Length: 1 hour

$825 10 sessions ($83/ea) + one-time fee

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  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (MI)

  • 20 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Defense, Forward

  • Shot Blocking, Faceoffs, Stickhandling, Penalty Shots, Checking, Passing, Shooting, Skating

Credentials

  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (MI)

  • 20 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Defense, Forward

  • Shot Blocking, Faceoffs, Stickhandling, Penalty Shots, Checking, Passing, Shooting, Skating

More About Coach J.S.

I've been coaching hockey for 20 years. I received my first USA Hockey coaching certification in 2000, my level 4 coaching certification in 2005, and my level 5 coaching certification in 2016. (I also renewed my level 4 coaching certification in 2017. I'm a perpetual student of the game.) I've coached teams at all levels from 'learn to play hockey' to college. I've coached House, A, and AA and have moved players from these teams to more competitive levels of hockey. My former players have played AAA hockey, Division III, Juniors, and Division I. (Last summer, I even had a former player sign a pro contract to play in Finland.)

USA Hockey Level 5 achieved in 2016.
USA Hockey Level 4 achieved in 2004 & 2017.

20 seasons coaching hockey (and counting…)

I come from a family of hockey players. I'm either a 3rd generation or 4th generation hockey player. (We can't be sure if my great-grandfather played hockey.) My grandmother taught me how to hip check. My father played cadets. My uncle reffed Juniors. And, I myself have been playing for over 35 years. I've played with players from the NHL, Europe, US NTDP, college D1, and Juniors. I played for the University of Chicago while in grad school.

Hockey is a fast game. Players need to understand the techniques involved in the skills they execute, and to be able to execute those skills at game speed. My approach builds up skills over time from the very base movements up through skill mastery at game speed. Through a high volume of high quality repetitions, the athlete builds up muscle-memory for the particular skill until the athlete can execute that skill in a game situation without having to think about the individual movements.

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coach J.S R is a great coach who has been teaching on ice skating and all around skills that have been useful and effective. I highly recommend hiring him to help with game sense and hockey knowledge and skills. His drills have helped me improve my skating skills and speed. overall he is a very friendly and personable coach who has the right tools to coach others to step up their game and improve on the ice.

Very knowledgeable . . . a lot to teach and good at teaching it. Plus he is easy to communicate with and handle schedules with.

Great first session and quick adaptation to my kids’ skill levels.

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J.S. Was incredible! He manages to take several adults of varying skill levels and made sure that everyone felt that gained and learned. He’s a standup guy and we would definitely hire again!!

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Coach J.S. is the best development coach we’ve ever had. He’s patient, professional, very instructional and incredibly skilled. He has a gift of being able to communicate certain hockey skills to young players in a way they can easily understand. He did a game analysis of one of my son’s games to know areas of focus. He provided a very comprehensive analysis and action plan. The intense focus on specific skills has led to big improvements in my son’s play and confidence. If you’re looking for a coach to help your son or daughter become a better hockey player while improving their hockey IQ, I highly recommend Coach J.S.

Signing my son up to train with Coach J.S. Roy was the best decision I have made for him! He did an amazing job and he made my son feel so confident! I am very grateful that he gave us the opportunity to work with him! Thank you very much, Coach! You are the best.

I can’t say enough good things about Coach JS. My son learned a lot and had fun. He is a great teacher and was very patient and worked with us on scheduling issues.

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Coach J.S. has been absolutely fantastic. After each session my son came away with new skills, knowledge and homework. He's improved a lot of foundation and core skills and was excited for each session with Coach J.S.

We had a great session with J.S. He arrived on time and was very professional. He gave my daughter extensive feedback and made her work some of her skills gaps through very well designed drills. I strongly recommend J.S. for Hockey lessons.

Coach JS was great with my son. He made the session fun while also teaching him. He gave him tips and homework to do at home. Made the session worth every penny. We will be using him again soon. And I would completely recommend him!!

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Coach JS is excellent! In just an hour, my 6 year old son learned so much by practicing with him. Before that, my son didn't have the proper training from his league which made him feeling unsure in playing the games.
The day after his session, my son played with much more confident and he wants more practice time with coach J.S!

My first session was a great experience. I'm 59 years old and restarting adult hockey after a 35 year break. We initially discussed my goals to form a plan and covered a nice amount of material. Coach J.S. clearly explained the details for stopping, striding, edgework and transitions I wasn't getting from my weekly Adult Beginner class. He provided helpful drills and tips I can practice on my own to improve my skating. Very excited to book a few more sessions to continue my development.

Alex received excellent verbal and written feedback and instruction from coach J.S. We've always felt that with proper coaching and most importantly, insightful analysis and feedback, Alex will evolve into a better player. We believe we have started that process with coach J.S. Alex was hesitant at first but is now looking forward to the next session as are we. As any hockey family knows, hockey is an investment of time and financial resources. We are taking these steps with the 1:1 coaching to support that investment and not see it go to waste.

Coach J.S. was very helpful with our 5 year old son. He took the time to really watch what he was doing and identify special areas to work on. The notes he provided to us were detailed and thoughtful. We would definitely work with him again in the future.

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He really keeps my little guy focused on the proper way to move rather that letting him get away with something close. I know this will help him grow as a skater

Coach J.S. did a fantastic job with my boys. They had fun while performing drills they have never done before. We will defiantly be signing up for more sessions in the future.

Excellent coach! He really honed in on the areas my child needed help with. It was amazing to see what he could do in an hour. I definitely saw a difference at the next hockey game. Highly recommend.

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Coach J.S. is very dedicated and caring. He is excellent teacher of hockey skills and easily/ effectively passes this knowledge to his students.
I would highly recommend him to anyone for improving your child's play.

Coach J.S is a very experienced coach and communicated effectively with parents as well as with my 9 year old son. In one session, he quickly identified my son's problem in holding the stick. He also used proper tool helping him understanding the right way. A very useful lesson.

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If you are looking for a great Hockey Coach, you should work with Coach J.S. From the very beginning he was responsive, flexible, and listens to you. He is extremely knowledgeable and does well at transferring that knowledge to players and parents. He is focused and maximizes time with his players. He not only gives you verbal feedback, and spends time explaining things, he details out what, why, the good, and needs improvement post sessions- it shows that he takes his sessions seriously and wants to absolute best for his players. I highly recommend Coach J.S.

I would definitely recommend Coach J.S. His training and techniques have really helped my son. We look forward to working with him this year. After just one session, Coach J.S. really inspired him and help boost his confidence on the ice.

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JS worked very well with my son. He provided detailed feedback to me after each session. My son definitely benefited from his experience and knowledge. I would certainly recommend JS.

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This was our first time working with a coach one on one, and using coach up. Coach J.S Roy responded immediately to our request and answered any questions and concerns we had before booking a session.
Coach was very open and easy to talk to, and worked very well and patiently with my son. He communicated and demonstrated stick handling and passing, working along side my son, and helping him with the struggles; all with positive reassurance and confidence building.
My son was at ease and responded very well to Coach J.S. Roy. We have even seen an improvement in our son’s performance, and that he is using what Coach has taught him.
I highly recommend this coach, he is very knowledgeable about the different aspects of the game and player dynamic; he exceeded our expectations.

My son has just completed his first session with Coach J.S.. and both my son and I couldn’t be happier. JS made the session fun for my son while developing the skills to be a more complete player. I would highly recommend Coach Roy!

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Coach J.S is a very nice guy, very approachable and was well prepared to teach me how to play hockey well again. Upon arriving he greeted me and while we were getting ready in the locker room we talked about my experience and how I quit after squirt, and after I was ready we hit the ice and he watched me skate and shoot for a few minutes and then we went over what he saw to be the best plan. In that one session I already noticed and improvement in my skating again, so I booked another ten sessions and can’t wait to get back at it!

Coach Roy is excellent! Thorough and works very well with my son. Very happy we found him!

JS is very easy to get along with and talk to. He explains things clearly and patiently. His follow-up reports are thorough and thoughtful. I would not hesitate to recommend JS to anyone!

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Coach J.S has an excellent ability to figure out how to teach the student the required skills. He has taken our Tier II Silver Squirt to a Central States PeeWee player in 20 sessions. He gets to the heart of the skill and makes the required tweaks. Plus, my son loves the sessions.

My son loved your techniques and can't wait until the next session.

J.s. Roy is an amazing coach. He works with both my squirt and peewee on stick-handling and passing skills. He was able to find me great Ice time and was very accommodating.
J.S. Is very knowledgeable and my kids r noted those lesson as well. We will be booking him again and again!!!!

We have had two sessions now and my son loves it. He is very easy going and informative. My son has improved his skating skills already.

Patient and knowledgeable...

Great experience.

Coach JS is a great coach and very personable. He is skilled and has the ability to pass that knowledge on to his students. My daughter looks forward to her sessions weekly. I appreciate his dedication to improving my daughter's skills.

Coach was very helpful with skill development as he took time to make sure you fully understand what you are learning. First thing he tells you is "this is your lesson" which gives you great flexibility over what you want to accomplish. With these lessons, I now have greater confidence for my upcoming tryouts.

Frist time try a private coach for my son (9 year old boy. Coach helped us to figure out the most cost effective rink option and meet with us where/when worked for us the best. Coach was a great listener. He was making sure the kid understand the reason and rationale behind the techniques; the first step teaching the kid to learn self-correction. We worked on weight balance at backward skating, just one session my son had improvement. Another example, coach adjusted the angle of my son receiving the pass, the adjustment made an immediate impact on how smooth and strong his shot right after got the puck. Overall, I'm happy with the three sessions.

Coach J.S. setup time 30 mins before our first session to discuss my son's needs. This discussion was direclty with my son and not with me as the parent which really engaged my son in the process. Coach J.S. made it clear that the ownership is on him not the coach - so my son has to be clear on what he wants to work on. On the ice he takes the time to break down the mechanics and he reinforces learning by stopping and asking questions such as "why do you think that worked this time?" During the session he also switches up activities and drills to keep things interesting. Afterwards, he provides a very thorough write-up that breaks down everything they worked on. This is a very detailed analysis explaining the specific things that my son needs to work on such as edge work, proper stride, using his top hand, etc. and breaking down what he is doing vs. what he should be doing. I am very satisfied with coach J.S. and have already booked more sessions with him! Most importantly my son had fun and is really looking forward to more sessions and improving his game!

Coach J.S. was really great with my eight year old son. My son was a little nervous going into the lesson but afterward he was excited to practice what he had learned. He is very patient, calm and enthusiastic in the way he teaches. He is detail oriented and gives a complete review of the session when complete. I will be scheduling again with him.

Coach J.S. was great! He really helped me figure out what I wanted to learn, and was patient when I couldn't quite pick up the technique. He was a great listener, and a great guy in general to spend time with! Very quick response, and willing to meet me where I lived closest to. Amazing feedback after the session on what I can improve on, and how to improve which is super helpful to have.

Coach J.S. was fantastic! Professional, kind, patient. Everything you look for in a coach. Would be happy to work with him again!

He is a very good coach. Very skillful and professional.

Coach JS has a great vision of the small details involved in becoming a more complete hockey player and this enables him to identify and correct problems to ensure the skaters success in the game.

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Coach J.S. understood what i needed and what I wanted to accomplish. He was able to evaluate my level and progress and challenge me to keep it interesting.

Coach J is awesome with my son. He is patient with him and really teaching him the things that will really improve his game. This is the second round of sessions with Coach J and we are looking to continue working with him.

Coach spent a good deal of time with my son and was able to hone in on areas of need. As follow-up, he sent a very detailed overview of everything they went over. That, itself, was worth the $$. We'll be booking more sessions in the future.

Coach J.S. is all you hope a coach will be; especially when he is coaching your 7-year old son. He has a great disposition, patience and knowledge. We could see that our son was learning and having fun. Coach J.S. gave us a verbal assessment after the session and a detailed written assessment afterwards. We welcome future sessions and know our son will excel. Thank you.

My 8-year old daughter recently made her first travel team (girls 10U), but needed some help with some specific skating skills, including forward/backward crossovers, transitions, and a few other things. We found several people/organizations on the web that provide private power skating and hockey lessons. We sent emails, filled out contact forms, etc. and never heard back from any of them. I tried CoachUp and was very fortunate to find Coach J.S. He responded to my request within 10 minutes, and we had 3 sessions scheduled starting the next day! We got to the rink about 30 minutes early (we'd never been there before) and we didn't know what to expect. Coach J.S. was waiting for us at the door, found us, and introduced himself and clearly explained his approach. A short while later they took the ice and he spent several minutes just watching my daughter skate so he could see for himself what she needed to work on. He then came off the and spoke with me and my wife about what he saw. He then spent 2 hours (and hour longer than scheduled) working with my daughter on both the things he felt she needed, as well as things she asked to work on (one-timers). The next day Coach J.S. sent me a detailed write up of the lesson, the areas they worked on, his assessment of my daughter's skating, and what they would focus on in the next lesson. My wife and I noticed almost immediate improvement in every skill area they worked on, from skating to passing to shooting. Money and time very well spent. We are so happy to have found Coach J.S.

So glad we found Coach JS. He is very skilled, technical and in tune with what players need on an individual level. He took the time to explain to me what he wanted to accomplish on the ice and then followed-up during and after the session to customize further based on what he observed during the lesson. My son was having a great time on the ice and we can already see a real improvement. I would definitely recommend Coach JS to any player looking for individualized instruction.

Coach J.S.'s coaching style is perfect for my 12 year old son. He explains concepts clearly and provides constructive feedback that informs and encourages my son. It is amazing to see my son's overall improvement in such a short time. Coach J.S. is worth his weight in gold!

We scheduled sessions with Coach JS this past summer (2016) for our two boys (ages 9 and 10). We are very satisfied with the sessions. Coach JS gives 110% in his lessons and we saw immediate improvement with both boys. Coach JS allows out sons to give input as to what they want to work on - the sessions are very interactive. And Coach JS followed each session with a detailed write-up of what was covered in the lesson and how the boys did and areas to improve. We will definitely schedule more lessons next summer with Coach JS as we are very satisfied. If you have two children in hockey, I suggest you go with the 2 on 1 sessions (our two boys and Coach). I think it actually makes it more enjoyable for our boys - taking the lesson together. --- Brad C.

J.S. is fantastic. Highly recommend him.

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Was very informational and taught great techniques.

Was very lucky to find coach JS on Coach up! We wanted extra lessons for our 7 year old daughter who is playing her first year of Mites travel hockey and needed some extra help to bring her up to speed with the boys on her team. Coach JS has been excellent. He has a genuine passion and love of hockey that surely shines through during his lessons. He has more skills and technique knowledge of hockey than I ever knew existed. He gives incredibly detailed run downs of lessons, skills worked on, how and why those individual skills are pertinent to the game of hockey, and needed areas of improvement. I love that he gives me timelines of development based on age level as well. His lessons are fun and age appropriate and our daughter is very comfortable with him. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking to further themselves as a player. Look forward to more lessons with coach JS! Thanks

Thank you again for the private training last summer. Zack had a super season on Glenview's Central States team, thanks in part to you. We greatly appreciate your coaching.
My boys (5 and 7) really enjoyed working with you!
We like all the technique you're coaching, and are seeing the improvement in her games. And, she's having fun
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