By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, June 02 2011 @ 02:40 PM GMT  

We only had one goalie at the Polish U16 practice so I modified this one goalie transition game. It was a little confusing for them at the start because no one speaks english and they don't play transition games. Once the coach caught onto to the flow it worked really well.
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DT 400 Game of Support-Regroup-Attack-Defend-Breakout

Key Points:
This is a one puck transiton game. Regroup with support on the strong side boards and in the middle. If the puck goes across ice flow with the play.

Description:
A. Red 1 or 2 get a pass from the blue 3 or 4.
B. Red 1 and 2 attack 2-2 vs blue 1 and 2.
C. Blue 3 and 4 follow the attack to the top of the circles and give passive support (if the puck is carried higher than they are active)
D. The defending 1 or 2 pass to 3 or 4 on transition or after a goal.
E. Blue 3 and 4 regroup with Red 3 and 4 and turn and attack vs the original offensive players Red 3 and 4.
D. Continue this flow.

Options:
Add another regroup or D to D plays like hinge or switch.


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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, June 06 2011 @ 03:57 PM GMT  

C600 Flow Alexander 2 on 1

Key Points:
On a 2-1 attack with speed and think first of scoring, If possible make the first pass near the blue line to allow a second play when reading the defender.
Defender stay in the middle and read the most dangerous player. It is really a 2-2 with the goalie.

Description:
1. F1 Leave and pass across to D1 and follow the pass breaking up the boards.
2. D1 skate to big ice between dots and pass to F1.
3. F1 pass to F2 who attacks 2-1 with F1 vs D1who plays a tight gap back.
4. When the original attack turns up ice start in the other direction with F3 passing to D2 who defends the other goal.

Options:
You could do this flow up to a 3-2.


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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, June 07 2011 @ 07:36 PM GMT  

Skills Practice;

The theme was puck protection and making an offensive body check to fend of the defender who is coming to make contact. Body check him first then protect the puck. I will put a video of the practice on the site when I get time.

10 min warm up
Players work on shooting, passing or playing small area games.

10 min.
B6 3 eights on each side.
- Forward move hands and feet
- Backward move hands and feet
- Face the far end then shoot
- Forehand only
- Backhand only
- Face far end and shoot

10 minute
B300 partner work. Offensive check
Take turns having the puck along the boards. Protect the puck with the body and body check the player who is trying to get the puck from you. Do this by pushing off the inside leg and bumping him with the outside shoulder. Rotate roles.


B5 – 1-1 puck protection then score.
Dump a puck into the corner and two players fight for it. The player with the puck do cut backs and fakes for 5 seconds and go to the net and try to score on the coaches whistle while two players battle in the other corner.

20 min.
D1 – 1 pass per zone.
Back to goalie on whistle.
One minute shifts.
3 on 3 and 4 on 4

5 min.
Shootout race.

Finish each player pick up 3 pucks and put them in the puck bag.


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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, June 09 2011 @ 06:30 PM GMT  

The skills classes ended today with about 5 teachers coming out to play an early morning staff vs students game. We usually win but this time the students moved the puck so well that they beat us. I am really pleased with the improvement in skill but especially in game sense and how well they supported the puck and moved it to the open player.

Always sad to say goodbye to people you coach for a while. Four are moving on to high school. Two have been invited to Jr. camps, one is going to play high school basketball and volleyball and they conflict with hockey and one is the only girl in the class who plays other sports and has never been on a hockey team. I have coached them two mornings a week for two years now.

Tony, the Vice Principal and organizes the program is moving on to be a principal in an elementary school and wants to have a program in two years. One of the teachers who played is going to take over the class and has asked me to continue on next year. It will be at the new COP arenas that are closer to the school but farther from my house and the sessions will be at noon instead of in the morning and on a variable schedule instead of every T-Th.

I am still up in the air as to what I will be doing next year. I have an offer from Europe that is contingent on them getting a grant to pay my salary from the city and agreeing that I can come home on a regular basis. I also have enquired about a coach mentor job from a local association. The women's team I coached last year has folded and the 4 team league is consolidating into one team in Western Canada based in Edmonton and Calgary that will play a home and home vs the 4 teams in Eastern Canada and one in Boston. The head coach and GM are from the old Edmonton team.


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By: TomM (offline)  Sunday, June 12 2011 @ 03:54 PM GMT  

This is a good game to use for controlled scrimmage. The defending player must pass to the coach at the point to transition to offense. The coach can stop the play and have the players freeze on the spot so he can point out offensive or defensive positioning or coverage. In a 2 on 2 situation you have all 4 game playing roles. On offense 1-player with the puck 2 - player supporting the puck. On defense you have 3 - player checking the puck carrier 4 - player covering players away from the puck. Because you start each shift with a dump in you also have the 3rd game situation of a loose puck situation.
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DT400 – 2 on 2 Coaches are Jokers at the Point

-Controlled Scrimmage Situation

-Coaches are the jokers at the points in a controlled scrimmage situation. One coach is the joker for each team.

-Everyone freeze on the whistle and coaches point out being in the proper game playing role.

1-player with the puck
2-player supporting the puck
3-player checking the puck carrier
4-player covering players away from puck

-When the puck is at the point the players are all in role 2 and role 4.

-Offensive players must get open or screen and tip.

-Defensive players must cover one player each on the defensive side, stick in the lane, box out in front.

-Keep score


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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, June 13 2011 @ 01:26 PM GMT  

D1 Two Second Game - One Goalie

Key Points:
Face the puck, skate to open ice with the puck, get open for a pass, give a target.

Description:
Puck support is the theme of this game. One net is placed flat on the ice with the top facing one end and along the goal line.

-- To score you can only hit the top mesh with no metal noise.

- Scoring team gets the puck and go the other way after a goal.

- Team that is scored on must touch the red line before turning and checking the attackers.

- Players can handle the puck a maximum of 2" and must pass or shoot. Longer and the other team gets the puck.

- After scoring a player cannot score again until everyone on his team has scored.

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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, June 16 2011 @ 12:23 PM GMT  

This belongs here more than with the other thread. It is the most effective way to kill two short vs a PP with two pointment. It is a reversed triangle with the low D going side to side on the strong side and the two high men up and back on the weak side and up and to the middle on the strong side. It is a simple rotation. Of course if the PP moves to a diamond then you have to rotate the triangle and a low defender on the strong side has to honour the shooter on that side and net coverage goes to the weak side low man.
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T-PK 3-5 vs a Spread PP

Key Points:
The key is to eliminate one timer shots from the point, from the player in the middle and the back door play.

Description:
1. When the puck is passed down the D in front moves to that side.
2. Weak side high player drop low to take away back door one timer.
3. Strong side high player drop down and front the middle attacker.
4. Strong side high player get in shooting lane when puck is at the point.
5. Weak side high player cover middle and take away cross ice pass with stick.
6. Low player elininate tip ins in front but don't get tied up.
7. D to D pass everyone shift.


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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, June 18 2011 @ 05:06 PM GMT  

I make diagrams and then copy and paste them on the TC Whiteboard practice plan template. The diagrams are on the left and the description on the right. I have put about 400 diagams on my skydrive. The link opens a slide presentation but they are easier to use if the 'View on Skydrive' option at the top is chosen. Almost all of these diagrams with descriptions have been posted on this site and at least half have the diagram, description and vido demonstration. To get the positings use the search function with the title. A few hundred also have video demonstrations.

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I will attach the Word Template. I save it as a Word file and then make a PDF file out of it. Any picture file will go there so if coaches have their own diagrams they also work.

95% of my diagrams are coded in the ABC format. This is like a library coding to make it easier to find things. Sometime you have to click on the diagram and read the code above as I sometimes forgot to put the code on the diagram itself.
A - Skating and individual skill
B - Partner skills
C - Game situation drills
D - Games full and SAG
DT - Transition games
E - Shootouts and contests
T - Teaching drills and games where the coach is controlling the situation and giving instruction on individual skills or team play.

The forum won't allow me to attach a docx file but the template is in the file section at. www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/filemgmt/index.php?id=35

An example of how the pdf looks is posted below.


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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, June 23 2011 @ 01:43 PM GMT  

I work with some pro players on sharpening their skills. This is a routine I use to overload the nervous system. It is a real challenge as every ball and puck is different in weight, bounce and size.

Day One and Two

The sequence on the first two days that we didn't video was.
- one puck with big moves all around the body, in the feet, fake shots, moves, pivots.
- two pucks at once all around the body.
- two pucks then replace a puck with a ball when two balls.
- two balls, one puck on ball, two pucks around obstacles moving in all directions.
- move inside the circle around pucks, obstacles, escape moves, front and back toe drags around each dot on the rink, front and back toe drags inside and out of the 4 small nets.
- In order to practice handling the puck all around the body this is a great exercise. It also loosens the shoulders.
Do a large number 8 in each zone on each side of the ice. Start to the right on one side and to the left on the other. Do a different exercise in each zone. 1-forward moving the hands and feet. 2-backward moving the hands and feet. 3-face one end transition skating forward to back. (if there is a goalie shoot and change sides) 4-forward with the puck only on the forehand side of the blade. 5. forward with the puck only on the backhand side of the blade. 6. every third stride rotate first to the inside then face the outside all around the 8.

An example of the moves with one puck is on this video with IIHF Hall of Fame Russian coach Vladimir Jursinov leading a group of u20 and u17 players in Europe.
www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/filemgmt/index.php?id=6

Day Three
Overload the nervous system and challenge the player with 3 objects of varying weights and sizes.
Racquet ball, tennis ball and hockey ball are used here. Replace the heaviest object with a puck, then the next heaviest then handle 3 pucks for a lap, then 2 pucks, then go through the Russian Big Moves Warm up with one puck.

Make big moves and handle the puck all around the body.
Move around the 4 small nets inside the middle circle and focus on keeping the puck on the forehand in the triple threat position.
Overload the nervous system and challenge the player with 3 objects of varying weights and sizes.
Racquet ball, tennis ball and hockey ball are used here. Replace the heaviest object with a puck, then the next heaviest then handle 3 pucks for a lap, then 2 pucks, then go through the Russian Big Moves Warm up with one puck. Make big moves and handle the puck all around the body.
Move around the 4 small nets inside the middle circle and focus on keeping the puck on the forehand in the triple threat position.

Dary 3

Overload the nervous system and challenge the player with 3 objects of varying weights and sizes.
Racquet ball, tennis ball and hockey ball are used here. Replace the heaviest object with a puck, then the next heaviest then handle 3 pucks for a lap, then 2 pucks, then go through the Russian Big Moves Warm up with one puck. Make big moves and handle the puck all around the body.

Move around the 4 small nets inside the middle circle and focus on keeping the puck on the forehand in the triple threat position.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=2011062308381933
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Day 4
Today we progressed to 4 objects and did them from heaviest to lightest, which is much harder.

Start with 4 pucks then replace the pucks one at a time with a.
1-Hockey ball + 3 pucks
2-Plastic puck, hockey ball + 2 pucks
3-Plastic puck, hockey ball, tennis ball + 1 puck
4-Plastic puck, hockey ball, tennis ball, racquet ball
Progress to handling 2 pucks in a small obstacle course.
Carry one puck on the forehand side in the triple threat position but always face the middle

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By: TomM (offline)  Saturday, June 25 2011 @ 12:00 AM GMT  

This was the fifth day that we went on the ice.

On Day 5 I stayed with 4 pucks and 4 other objects but changed things so there was a huge difference in the size, feel, bounce and weight. The heavy puck is at least 3 times the weight of a regular puck and the shinny puck with the middle removed is about a third as heavy. The racquet ball is very light and bouncy and the field hockey ball has zero bounce and is hard and heavy.

Handle 4 different kinds of balls and pucks, and then multiple pucks around 4 nets. Handle a puck around a circuit of 4 nets always facing the middlle in the triple threat positon. Loosen the shoulders with the puck on the forehand in the triple threat position and then continue the zig zags with the puck always on the backhand. Finish with a fake backhand pass and across the body.

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By: TomM (offline)  Sunday, June 26 2011 @ 08:43 PM GMT  

I am reposting this because it is a good example of how to practice big moves in large groups and one puck each.
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A2-A200 Puck Handling and Skating Practice from Finland

1. A200 formation and Yashin leads the big moves warm demonstrating the skill and the kid's follow.
2. A2 skating drills for balance and edge control.
3. A200 Russian Big Moves exercises. Pro player demonstrate the big moves and the players follow.

This practice was done at Juhani's hockey school in Mikkeli, Finland. It is beautiful lake country where he has his summer place. The focus is on Big Moves with Good Hard Fakes when puck handling. Many pro's including Yashin helped with his camps. Juhani is in the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame and is a legend in Finland.

Another IIHF hall of famer Vladimir Yursinov is the one who developed this big moves warm up. He is a Russian hockey legend as a player and coach. Between them they have developed about 70 NHL players.

In my coaching experience these puck handling exercises are the most effective way for players to develop good hands. They can be done off ice as well. Big moves and handling the puck all around the body with big fakes and protecting the puck with the body are the essentials to being a good offensive player.

The video starts with Yashin demonstrating the moves down the ice and players following, then there is a few minutes of skating exercises for balance and it moves to the Russian Big Moves Puck Handling Sequence where the coaches demonstrate and the players do the same thing. This is a GREAT VIDEO for everyone to imporve puck handling.

When I talked with Iginla last week I mentioned to him that last season I saw him doing things I have never seen him do before like the back toe drag and putting it through his legs. He said that he has changed what he does at the start of each practice. Instead of just mindlessly skating and shooting the puck around now he gets a puck and practices all kinds of moves.

If players would do these big move exercises on their own for the first 5 minutes of each practice as a warm up the puck handling skills really improve.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20080722140651119

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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, June 27 2011 @ 02:19 PM GMT  

This is a tournament on the same theme as the last three postings. The focus is on puck handling by using a different type of ball or puck with each game. There are some passing rules but the main idea is to play a different game every 5 minutes and change the proprioceptive challenge to the nervous system. The player has to adapt to the variations in the pucks and balls.They play 9 games in total and get a lot of puck possession.
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D5 Tournament Using Various Pucks and Ball 1-1 to 3-3

Key Points:
The different weights, size, hardness and bounce of the pucks and balls overload the nervous system to adapt stickhandling technique.

This tournament lasted 45 minutes with 9 x 5 minute games. Fun, skill and lots of skating, touches and exercise. Research has shown that cross ice games have 600% more puck touches than a full ice game.

Description:
1. Play two cross ice and one game with one goalie.
2. Games last 5 minutes then the same teams play in a different area.
3. After all have played in each area rotate who they play against.
4. Use different pucks and balls for the first two rounds and then play 1-1 where the defender regroups with the goalie before attacking or the point in the one net game.
5. Keep track of wins.

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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, June 28 2011 @ 04:46 PM GMT  

A short note on keeping your work space safe. I just saw one of the best players in the world go crashing into the boards after stepping on a puck that was left in the working area. No injury but easily could have been serious.

Coaches love having zillions of pucks all over the place in drills and even in games where they constantly shoot new pucks in for the next group. It is dangerous because when you step on a puck you are totally out of control.

So anticipate where the activity will be and move the pucks to a safe place.
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While I am on the subject I ask WHY PYLONS????

There are lines and dots all over the ice and on the boards that players can use as markings to turn etc. When every player goes around a pylon it tends to BREAK THE ICE and this worsens with each player who gets a turn. The ice gets rough and it is hard for the next players to do the skill. If the pylons aren't moved to new ice often it ruins the ice for the next group.

This is simply bad coaching manners.

Maybe with under 10 the ice isn't damaged badly because they are light but after that it worsens as the players get heavier and faster.


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By: Aberdeen (offline)  Wednesday, June 29 2011 @ 02:59 PM GMT  

Quote by: TomM

B600 Pass-Pass-Regroup-Shoot

Key Points:
Face the puck always and give a target. Pass and shoot while skating. Do everything at top speed.

Description:
A.. Blue and red 1's skate and get a pass from 2's in diagonal corners.
B. Pass to3's at the far blue line.
C. 1's pivot facing the puck and get a return pass from 3's.
D. 1's skate in shoot-rebound
E. 3's repeat in the other direction.

Options.
- screen for the next shooter.
- give and go with the next shooter.
- play a defensive 1-1 vs the next shooter.

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By: hockeygod (offline)  Wednesday, June 29 2011 @ 03:07 PM GMT  

Quote by: TomM

A short note on keeping your work space safe. I just saw one of the best players in the world go crashing into the boards after stepping on a puck that was left in the working area. No injury but easily could have been serious.

Coaches love having zillions of pucks all over the place in drills and even in games where they constantly shoot new pucks in for the next group. It is dangerous because when you step on a puck you are totally out of control.

So anticipate where the activity will be and move the pucks to a safe place.
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While I am on the subject I ask WHY PYLONS????

There are lines and dots all over the ice and on the boards that players can use as markings to turn etc. When every player goes around a pylon it tends to BREAK THE ICE and this worsens with each player who gets a turn. The ice gets rough and it is hard for the next players to do the skill. If the pylons aren't moved to new ice often it ruins the ice for the next group.

This is simply bad coaching manners.

Maybe with under 10 the ice isn't damaged badly because they are light but after that it worsens as the players get heavier and faster.


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After coaching soccer, I realize that leaving pucks around is a hockey mentality. In soccer, the kids are responsible to bring their ball(s) back to the starting spot. Keeps the area clean, reduces injuries and keeps the activities flowing. It also teaches them responsibility. "Play the same ball" or "play the same puck" instead of cheating if you lose it (play the closer / easier one.) This promotes laziness - you can't have more than one puck or ball in play during the game... so practice how you play - track your puck and bring it back! No shortcuts to success!

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By: TomM (offline)  Thursday, July 07 2011 @ 12:17 PM GMT  

E300 3 on 2 Contest

Key Points:
Forwards compete with the defense and goalie. Points are awarded for shots and goals as well as defensive plays. Coach times 20" for the attack. Play ends if the puck is frozen, a goal scored or the defenders clear the zone. Record the score.

Description:

Forward Points:
1 point for each shot. up to 2 pts.
3 points for a goal.

Defenders Points:
3 points for stopping the rush before blue line
2 points for carrying the puck out of the zone
1 point for 0 shots within 20"

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By: TomM (offline)  Monday, July 25 2011 @ 01:33 PM GMT  

An important part of coaching using the ABC method is to use the ice efficiently. We try to use the Physical Education principle of AIM.
A - 80% activity.
I - 10% instruction.
M - 10% maintenance; things such as moving pucks, switching starting points, water breaks, etc.

The more intense the activity the longer the rest period between reps. Recovery is part of the activity when the proper w/r ratios are used.

Hockey practices are almost the opposite in activity. Studies in Canada and Finland consistently show the average drill based practice has an individual player moving from 7-12 minutes in a 60 minute practice. This isn't enough activity to improve skills or fitness.

Some coaches get upset when I say this, so I challenge you to pick out one player and time him/her when they are active within a practice plan. Better yet take a video.

So coaches must learn how to move seamlessly from one activity to another without needing to go to the board all of the time. Create routines and sequences from the same starting place. Usually start with many pucks and reduce them down to one puck games or transtion games.

Your players and your won/lost record will love you for it.
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T- Sequencing from Drill to Game B4-C1-DT400

Key Points:
Start a simple skill drill and progress to make it more complex by adding tasks, then create pressure, next create competition and progress to a game without the players moving anywhere. This is a way to use the ice efficiently, saves time and is a progressive sequence of skills to game play.

Description:
Players start in B4 formation.
1. Skate around group and finish with a shot. B4
2. After shooting give and go with next shooter. B4
3. Shoot and play defensive side while the shooter practices using you as a screen. B4
4. Shoot then defend a 1-1 vs next shooter. C1
5. Play a quick transition game of attack-defend-pass-rest. DT400
6. Move the line back to the red line and add a breakout where the defender must gain the blueline before passing. DT400
*other options like jokers to pass to, add players, modified rules, etc. can be used.


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By: hockeygod (offline)  Monday, July 25 2011 @ 04:10 PM GMT  

Quote by: TomM

An important part of coaching using the ABC method is to use the ice efficiently. We try to use the Physical Education principle of AIM.
A - 80% activity.
I - 10% instruction.
M - 10% maintenance; things such as moving pucks, switching starting points, water breaks, etc.

The more intense the activity the longer the rest period between reps. Recovery is part of the activity when the proper w/r ratios are used.

Hockey practices are almost the opposite in activity. Studies in Canada and Finland consistently show the average drill based practice has an individual player moving from 7-12 minutes in a 60 minute practice. This isn't enough activity to improve skills or fitness.

Some coaches get upset when I say this, so I challenge you to pick out one player and time him/her when they are active within a practice plan. Better yet take a video.

So coaches must learn how to move seamlessly from one activity to another without needing to go to the board all of the time. Create routines and sequences from the same starting place. Usually start with many pucks and reduce them down to one puck games or transtion games.

Your players and your won/lost record will love you for it.
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Tom I wholeheartedly agree. When I do my field evaluations for Hockey Canada / Hockey Alberta. I usually videotape a practice and break it down into Coaching / Teaching time; Active time; and Administrative time. Then I present the actual mins / secs for each category from each activity; along with the percentages. I might even add in the average active time per player per activity if I have time to code everything (how much time one player is active during the one drill - a work to rest ratio - so the coach can extrapolate those numbers to his whole team. A player might be active for 10-12 seconds then rest in line, doing nothing, for another 3 minutes! I try to get the kids handling the puck instead of doing nothing during this down time... then it isn't downtime!)


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By: TomM (offline)  Tuesday, July 26 2011 @ 12:59 PM GMT  

This is a skating warm-up that Gaston uses at the start of each skating session. The players use all of the edges and need to be in a solid balance position to accomplish everything. It is our Jasper camp and the players range from 7-14 years old. They boy in the white who always finishes first is the best player at that age I have worked with at that age since Dany Heatley and Mason Raymond. He is amazing with his mobility carrying the puck and you can see it in these balance and edge control exercises.
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A2 Skating Warm-up for Edges and Balance

Key Points:
Good players can move in all directions efficiently because they and use all edges and have great balance on the ice. Routines for skating, puck handling, shooting and passing are efficient ways for a coach to quickly review the foundation skills and allow the players to get a lot of reps and improve at their own rate.

Description:
A2 Formation - Players start at one end and skate to the other end.
- inside edges - out and in using a snowplow.
- inside edges - sculling one leg at a time on the inside edges.
- outside and inside edges - slalom with the skates together and a good knee bend.
- balance and edges - one length of the ice on each leg.
Repeat the same sequence but skate Backward.

www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20110726073836113

The same warm up with 12-14 year olds.

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By: Kai K (offline)  Thursday, July 28 2011 @ 04:55 AM GMT  

I tryed the King's Score 3vs.3 game with our kids this week and the first time was disaster. There was no scoring and the shifts were way too long. To the next on-ice practice i did modifications and it worked better.

King's Score 2vs2 sag

-Basic rules same as in the Tom's video.
-the team that's scored against, skates hard and touch the board at the opposite end and leaves the game
-team that scored starts the attack, new pair enters to defend.
-Max shift time 30 seconds, If either team doesn't score in that time coach whistles
-both pairs leaves the game on the whistle
-from the new teams the one that wins the race for the puck gets to decides on which end they attack

hope this makes sense.
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Kai,
I was wondering if the length of time would be a problem. Another thought is to change on a goal or when the goalie freezes the puck the offensive team takes it and the defense changes.
I use only two colours and every player has a reversible jersey with both colours. I will have the whites change with the whites and the colours with the colours. On the time machine I will need to use pinnies.
Tom


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By: hockeygod (offline)  Thursday, July 28 2011 @ 06:28 PM GMT  

Kai,

If the goalie freezes the puck, both teams change. And you, as Coach and Supreme Dictator or the Rules, can make whatever rules you want... 30 seconds and no goal? Change. Or play 45 seconds. Or 60 seconds. It is up to you.

Try playing without goalies and use shooter tutors. Can't score low on the ice (no 'sliders') unless more than 20' away from the net - otherwise have to score 5 hole or top shelf.

When a goal is scored, spot the scoring team a puck to behind the net where they scored (or behind the opposite net, to create a conditioning effect).

Losers over and back, touch the wall, and out - legal line changes (1 for 1 substitution.) Or losers out hard (legal line change) - no over and back. Or losers over and back, but new defenders can come in right away (not wait for losers to clear the zone.)

Tons of things you can do... it is up to the coach to decide what elements he wishes to train, and then set the game up to reflect this (size and orientation of space, position of nets, 'out of bounds' markings, how many nets are used and what size, how the attacking team can score (#of passes / backhand only / play from behind the net / on a 1-timer, etc.), what the scorers have to do before attacking after a goal, what the losers have to do when scored on, what the incoming players have to do, etc.) What other creative options can you think about?

We also do the reverse... those that score, can change. Those who lose, must stay in. This one is really tough as the losers continue to get tired and keep getting scored on... a real 'exposer' of character. The coach needs to limit the time or number of goals against that can be scored on the losers so they don't give up / quit.

Enjoy your creative, Dictatorship Powers!


Dean
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