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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

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.
  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.
  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
Goalies typically will get more work on the O strong side.

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Last Minute Puck Races

  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
  1. Speed to a loose puck
  2. Speed carrying the puck on a breakaway
  3. Speed on the back-check to breakup the play
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)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What evaluators look for during try-outs

I've been asked a lot over the years what I look for in a player during evaluations.  After watching my son during various AA & AAA Ice try-outs, I've been thinking more about this topic and wanted to share a bit of what I look for and some other information that I've found or has been shared with me.

My friend Graham Acres (gacres99) also shared his thoughts with me.
  1. Whatever it is you believe you do best, do that every shift.
  2. Listen to what the coaches ask you to do and do that
  3. Bring energy and never stop working every shift. Regardless of talent, coaches are attracted to kids who consistently work hard. 
All good advice and greatly appreciated.  So what is it that I look for when I run my evaluations?  I can teach you to shoot, pass and skate.  It's those intangibles that will earn you a spot on my team.
  1. Aggressive play - Be willing to battle for pucks. If you are on the forecheck, get on the puck.  Don't sit back and wait for them to come to you.
  2. Backchecking -  If you won't backcheck, it's the fastest way to get off my list.  I need you to skate harder than you've ever skated when you are backchecking.  It makes a HUGE difference.
  3. Don't give up - I don't care if you just messed up, mistakes happen.  It's what you do after that mistake that I look at. Did you slam your stick? Throw you head back?  Yell?  Get back in the play and make up for the mistake you made.  No one will remember the mistake if you made if you hustle back and make a difference in the play.
  4. Come out to Earn your spot - Don't think because you've been playing for xx number of years, you deserve a spot on the team.  No on deserves a spot, you earn it. Everyone there is fighting for your spot, go out and get it. 
  5. Communicate - Talk to the coaches. Talk to the other players.  Talk when you are on the rink and involved in the play.  Call for pucks, direct the play.  Be vocal.
  6. Don't be selfish - Yes it's a tryout to earn a spot on a team, but that doesn't mean showing off your ability to skate through every player every time with your head down.  Be a play maker.   Make passes. Make good decisions.
A few tips for trying out:
  1.  Relax and have fun.  I know it's easier said than done but remember, you can play the game so just go out and do your thing.  
  2. If a coach gives you some advice, make sure you go out and do that.  They are hinting to you of what they want to see you do.  At least try to do it. It shows you are coachable.
  3. If a coach asks you to play a position like Defense, please, under no circumstances respond 'I'm a forward' or 'My Dad says I'm a forward'.  Just go out and do it.  Coaches want a team player.
A few other resources that give some inside can be found at:
Inside Edge
Ontario Minor Hockey Association.

Try to remember these tips as you go through your try-outs.  Good luck.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pass and Crash

1. Player 1 starts backward skating to blue line with puck
2. Stops at cone and passes to next player in line
3. Player 1 crashes the net looking for a pass from behind the net
4. Player 2 starts their backward skating once they receive the pass

1. Skating backward while carrying the puck
2. Good hard passes to the corner
3. Crashing the net looking for a pass, deflection or tip

Replace the coach with a player to make the passes from behind the net
Switch to other side to get used to working this from both sides

Friday, January 30, 2015

Skate and Tip

1. Players start at blue line and skate toward puck
2. Once they get to the puck and the take a slap slot (SS)
3. Next they skate to the front of the net looking and get position
4. Look for a deflection or rebound of shot from the Coach (C)

1. Taking a slap shot while skating up to a puck
2. Getting position and working on deflection and rebounds
3. Goalie works on lateral movement
4. Goalie works on getting clear view of puck from player standing in front

Run the drill from one side and then the other so they get used to shooting and moving from both sides.
Also, you have player move out to point and take shot on goal (after they have tried deflection/rebound.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Using the Wall

1. Player 1 skates toward Defender (Coach (C)) on the blue line
2. Player 2 in the middle skates toward the middle
3. Player 1 passes the puck off the wall and steps around the coach
4. After getting control of the puck, Player 1 looks for Player 2 heading down the middle

1. Getting around defenders
2. Using the boards/glass to make a play
3. Getting control of the puck and looking for the player breaking down the middle

You could add 2 trailing players. 1st would establish position in front of the net while 2nd would float top of the circles. This would give Player with the puck another option.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fueling your body

Nutrition is a huge pare of any athletes daily life.  Most players drink fluids during the game, but how many are worrying about pre-game and post-game foods and liquids to get their body ready and to help it heal?

Thanks to Peter Dale over at Farm Tough Company who shared out this tip card to help you and your players with the process.    Below are the tips from the card.

General Tips
Don’t eat fried foods (french fries, chips, chicken fingers, fried fish, etc.)
Don’t drink alcohol, soda, or other drinks filled with sugar
DO chew your food until it is a liquid; this will make digestion much easier
DO drink 1-2 glasses of water upon waking and ½ cup every 30 min during the day
DO eat something within 1 hour of waking that contains protein
DO eat good meals with lots of veggies/salad, flesh protein (fish, chicken, turkey best),
whole grains, good fats (avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts & seeds); this will help your
body repair during the day and overnight
DO get to bed – your body needs sleep to recover; give it as much as possible

Food Intake: Light snack 45-90 min before game. It’s ok to be a little hungry, bad to be full.
Good Snacks: 1-2 pieces of fruit, 1 cup almond/soy milk with 1 Tbsp protein powder,
applesauce with 1 Tbsp protein powder, ½ Farm Tough Energy Bar
Fluid Intake: Drink 2-4 oz of Farm Tough Energy Drink 15-20 minutes prior to game
Physical Preparation: Dynamic movement warm-up and foam roll

During Game
Take deep breaths on the bench between shifts; Repeat Farm Tough power thoughts:
I am...Strong, Fit, Powerful, Fast, Focused, Relaxed, Smart, Confident, Energized
- Drink water between every shift: 2-3 gulps
- Every 3rd shift drink 2-3 gulps of Farm Tough Energy Drink
If you are going into OT or in a close game, drink Farm Tough Energy Drink every shift

Fluid Intake: In locker room, drink ½-1 quart Farm Tough Energy Drink
Food Intake: Within 15-45 minutes after game, eat/drink one of the following:
- Smoothie with 1-2 cups fruit, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 scoop Farm Tough Super
Food and mix with your liquid of choice
- Mix 1 cup liquid (almond milk, juice or water), 1 scoop protein powder, 1 scoop
Farm Tough Super Food and have a banana or a piece of fruit
- Farm Tough Energy Bar or Original Farm Tough Protein Bar
- 1 packet instant oatmeal, ¼ cup soy/almond milk, 1 Tbsp protein powder
If you have at least 3 hrs before your next game, eat a light meal 1-2 hrs after game
Physical Recovery: Roll out – use a foam roller to help speed recovery

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Iron Cross

  1. Players start at the bottom of the circle and skate to the top
  2. Then they skate backward to the side of the circle
  3. Next they do side-steps to the other side of the circle
  4. Then backwards to the bottom of the other circle
  5. Skate to other circle and repeat

  1. Skating footwork and speed
  2. Focuses on movement in all directions which will only help them in their game

This will improve their footwork and speed over time.
If you have the full rink, use all 5 circles.
You can also run the entire drill in one circle.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Skate 8 and Deflect

1. Line 3 Defenseman up at the points (D location is based on skill level of players and how far they can shoot.
2. Forward passes puck to point man and skates around first circle and then stops in front of net looking for a deflection from the D shooting from the top of the circle he just skated around.
3. Forward now skates toward the corner, picks up a puck and passes it to the point man. He continues around the circle to the front of the net again looking for a deflection
4. Last he moves toward the middle of the net looking for a deflection from the last Defenseman.

1. Puck movement to the Point man.
2. Getting to the front of the net and looking for deflections/rebounds.

I found a variation of this drill on another site and will give credit if I can locate it again.

Related Drills:
Drop and go
Skate and tip


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