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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Skating - Quick Starts & Stops

Drill:
1. Players start at one cone and skate as hard as they can to next cone
2. Come to complete stop before quickly starting to next cone
3. Continue through cones to end

Focus:
1. Quick starts and stops
2. Face the same way (far boards) so they can work on stopping in both directions

Notes:
One variation is when they hit the middle cone, make them skate backwards to the cones and stop.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Monday, January 30, 2017

4-Shot Backhand Drill

Drill:
1. Setup 4 pucks out in front of the net in the slot

2. Players must approach and shoot on Backhand
3. Goalie must make save and recover quickly

Focus:
1. Backhand shots – approaching the puck and shooting comfortably instead of trying to roll it over to the forehand
2. Getting the shot off quickly with no stickhandling
3. Goalie movement and recovery

Notes:
This is a great small area drill and can be done with a few players while others are focusing on something else.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Last Minute Puck Races


Drill:
  1. Lineup pucks down the middle of the rink between the blue lines
  2. Make 2 lines of players in each corner
  3. On whistle, players race for the puck
  4. First player tries to score on a breakaway
  5. Second player backchecks
Focus:
  1. Speed to a loose puck
  2. Speed carrying the puck on a breakaway
  3. Speed on the back-check to breakup the play
Notes:
Remind your players that this drills is designed to make them think about chasing a puck in the last minute of play and they have the chance to end the game, stop a goal, etc. 

I always run this the last 5 minutes of practice when they are tired.  I remind them there is no time to be tired and out of breath at the end of the game.

Related Drills:
The Admiral II (Russian Suicides)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Video: Quick Shot


I often run this 'Shoot and Break' drill in my practice.  I like it because it does 2 things:
  1. Focuses on the drive toward the net and a quick shot
  2. Breaking out with speed
In Game 1 of the Blues/Kings game, I saw a great example of how the first half of this drill works and how it can be effective.  While it didn't result in a goal this time, most times it would.

Watch the video as the play develops from about 6 second in to 10 seconds. Not a lot of time but you see how quickly Scwartz comes down the circle and to the net.  Keys to the play:
  1. Schwartz is skating hard
  2. Schwartz has his stick down and in front of him ready for the quick shot
  3. Notice there is no catching the pass, stick-handling the puck
  4. Steen has his head up and make the perfect pass so Schwartz can shoot quickly

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Russian Suicides II (The Admiral II)

Drill:
1. Player 1 skates to the other end around the cone
2. Player 2 in other corner passes to Player 1 and then backchecks
3. After Player 1 shoots, Player 2 skates around the other cone and drill continues

Focus:
1. Hard skating
2. Stickhandling and shooting
3. Quick transition from Offense to Defense
4. Chasing down a player from behind

Notes:
This is a great drill to get the kids going on a slow night. It really focuses on skating, stickhandling and shooting as quickly as possible.

Related Drills:
Russian Suicides
Windmills

Monday, October 3, 2016

Game Day Nutrition Guidelines

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Pro Stock Hockey offers a great meal plan to take advantage of for those of any age. These gameday guidelines are taken straight from NHL trainers and staff, and are sure to give your children the strength they need to play.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tips for Selecting Hockey Equipment

Top Hockey Equipment Tips And Tricks

Ice hockey requires a high-skill threshold in order to succeed, meaning that your equipment needs to be able to keep up with your feet and hands, or else you won't get the velocity or acceleration needed to score goals. Hockey equipment is durable by nature, seeing as how it's worn in freezing temperatures and designed to block 80-mile-per-hour pucks, but everything breaks down eventually and even the most expensive set of pads or gloves are no exception. Get the most out of your equipment during a long season by following these tricks:

Goalie Pads
The purpose of goalie pads is to protect a team's keeper from slapshots, meaning that the pads can endure a lot of wear and tear. The weak areas of pads, however, deteriorate faster than others. Usually, these are the clasps and straps that allow pads to fit snugly. Most vulnerable are the straps that attach through the skates, as these are prone to being stepped on with sharp blades. The easiest way to keep skate straps intact is to tie them slightly loose so that none of the excess can be wedged under a skate during an in-game pivot. The clasps that buckle on the legs, by contrast, are more vulnerable to the plastic bits breaking when a puck is hit at an unsteady angle. Keep these clasps working by pulling the straps farther outward so that they lie behind the goalie's legs rather than on the side, making it much more difficult for a shot to hit them and break the plastic.

Helmets
As the most important piece of any gear in a hockey player's arsenal, helmets need to be carefully inspected before and after each game. Keep a screwdriver in your gear bag to tighten the rivets that attach the plastic shell of the helmet to the padded interior, as well as the rivets that connect a cage or a visor to the frame. Inspect a helmet around the ear protection for any signs of cracking; including the white stretch marks indicating that the plastic shell has been weakened by a shot. Finally, always air-dry a helmet so that the sweat from your head does not rust the metal parts — and to reduce the smell.

Elbow Pads
While elbow pads are some of the easiest pieces of gear to wear — strap them in and they're ready to go — the straps have a higher failure rate than other pieces of gear, due to the elbows’ range of motion. Ensure that the Velcro attachments do not start to lift off the pads’ fabric; while superglue can temporarily keep these attachments in tact, it is not a permanent solution. When putting on your jersey, firmly press the elbow pad with the opposite hand so that the friction does not pull the Velcro.

Gloves
The amount of contact between your hands and stick in a hockey game will give gloves a shorter lifespan than some other pieces of gear. In addition to air-drying gloves after games to eliminate moisture, players can increase the lifespan of their gloves by sewing small leather patches (no larger than the size of a coin) into the seams between the palm and fingertips. The first NHL gloves were nothing but leather; today's mitts are lighter and easier to maneuver, but lack the durability of gloves from yesteryear.

Sticks
One of the easiest ways to ensure expensive sticks survive is to tape them often. Tape prevents ice from melting and seeping into the wood or composite core of a stick, chewing at the interior. Also, consider using a double layer of tape to cushion the pass, if you find that you're bobbling too many outlets. Tape the heel and the toe thoroughly, as these bear the brunt of pressure from shots. You can tape the stick shaft, as well, in order to get a better feel for your release and the flex point of your stick.

About the author:
AJ Lee is a Marketing Specialist at Pro Stock Hockey, an online resource for pro stock hockey equipment. He was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and has been a huge Blackhawks fan his entire life. AJ picked up his first hockey stick at age 3 and hasn’t put it down yet.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Inline Hockey Coaching Position

Inline Hockey Coaching Position:


We have 5 affiliated clubs in the country accommodating close to 500 players. These players range in age from 5 years to 70 years. Te teams play in different age groups and we are currently playing a league system, 5 league tournaments a year and the top 4 teams progress to the annual Champs.

The following Clubs form part of the "NIIHA family” and all but one can be found on Facebook  Badgers (not on FB) Cazadores , Coastal Pirates, Kamikaze and Scorpions.

The club that is currently looking for a coach, is the Scorpions Inline Hockey Club, with the possibility of one other club possibly having to recruit another coach too. The Scorpions have had the privilege of being  coached by Zach Sawyer, from New Jersey, for the past three years. They are also the current Guinness World Record holders for the longest inline hockey game being played, being 27 hours!! 

The club consists of 74 players, making up 15 teams - these would all be the responsibility of ONE coach. Training is only in the afternoons and early evenings and also only 4 days a week. This would give the coach an opportunity to explore the country over weekends - but only if no organized Hockey activities are taking place.

The coach would commence his duties during the last week of January and these will end at the end of November 2016. The coach and club do however have the option to extend this work relationship. Duties of the coach include:
  • coaching all Club teams ranging from "learn to skate" to adults
  • drawing up of own practise plans
  • coordinating all club activities related to Inline Hockey (games, tournaments, camps)

What do we offer:
  • market related monthly salary
  • housing
  • car
  • return flight to home country of coach
  • 5 weeks vacation time during May and August (coaches could even travel home)
  • medical insurance

The Scorpions have just materialized their dream of getting a roof over their open air court and also installing sport court within the next three weeks.

If there is any other Info you would like, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sporting regards

Heike Dedig
NIIHA Sports Officer
Cel: +26481-2877557

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

1 on 1 Battles - Backchecking & Beat your Man

Drill:
This drill runs 2 separate drills on each half of the rink.
Left side is a 1 on 1 battle (defense strong)
  1. Defense starts at the Blue line and Offense starts about 5 steps inside the blueline
  2. On whistle, O is using speed and body position to beat the D
  3. D skates backwards and tries to contain making sure to push outside and turn forward at the correct time.
Focus:
  1. D must focus on Good body position
  2. Forcing the O to the wall
  3. Making a good transition at the correct time
  4. O should focus on using speed to beat the D
  5. O should also control the speed of the play
Right side is a 1 on 1 battle (offense strong)
  1. Offense starts at the Blue line and Defense starts about 5 steps inside the blueline
  2. On whistle, O is using speed and body position to beat the D
  3. D must backcheck and try to chase down the forward with the puck.
Focus:
  1. O should focus on speed with the puck so as not to get caught from behind
  2. D needs to backcheck hard and get to the stick side of the O so he can 'pop' the stick and gain control of the play
Notes:
Goalies typically will get more work on the O strong side.

Related Drills:
Half-rink Backcheck
Breakaway to 2 on 1 drill

 

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