Bakersfield, Calif. – There’s one on his desk and, as he spins around his computer chair and slides open a grey cabinet, about a dozen more appear stacked horizontally. As Jay Woodcroft flips through the pages of just one of his black notebooks, it’s clear they serve as a log of his coaching life.

The Bakersfield Condors coach jots down everything – details of hockey-related conversations with those from around the game; ideas for teaching points of instruction for practices; messages he has for his players.

It may all seem like a little much for most people, an overload of minutia that could make a head spin rather than keep it on straight. But for Woodcroft, copious note-taking keeps him on task and with a clear focus on the elements most important to becoming the absolute best coach he can be.

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