Friday, November 30, 2012

6 Ways to Make your Hockey Practices More Effective

IHD partner Jeremy Weiss over at Weiss Tech Hockey recently wrote a great article on making your practices more effective.  I couldn't agree more with his thoughts.  Be sure to read the full article but the 6 points are:

1. Take it Outside
2. Off-Ice Skills Sessions
3. On-Ice-Specific Development
4. Homework Assignments
5. Core Drills
6. Coach’s Preparation   


I've got a few of my own as well that I will add to it.

1.  Practice with a purpose - Don't just do drills because you need to fill up time.  Work on a specific skill or positional play.  Make sure the players understand why they are doing what they are doing.  Make them see how to use it in a game and have drills that compliment one another so as you go onto the next drill, you can reinforce what you learned in the last one.

2.  Don't be afraid to push the boundaries - Players at any age want to be challenged and become better players.  Push their limits and make them come out of their comfort zone.  It will make them better players and the team better as a whole.

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