Face the puck and give a target, rebound for the next shooter. Chip by the defense at offensive blue line and skate into the middle lane.
1. Two lines face each other from each blue line.
2. B1 regroup with R1 from one line and R1 regroup with B1 on the other side.
3. B1 and R1 get a return pass and attack each net.
4. B1 and R1 circle back to rebound for the next shooter.
5. R2 and B2 repeat from diagonal corners – add a one touch pass.
6. Change the drill so both B1 and B2 leave with B1 passing to R1.
7. B1 regroups with R1 who chips the puck into the zone.
8. R2 cuts across and picks up the chip while R1 drives to the net.
9. Repeat with R1 and R2 regrouping with B3.
Face the puck, give a target, shoot while skating, follow the shot, rebound for the next shooter.
A. #1’s leave from diagonal blue lines and skate up to the red line then break back toward the net.
B. #2’s pass across the ice to #1’s.
C. #1’s skate in and shoot and follow the shot for a rebound then circle back and rebound for #2’s.
D. #2’s skate up and back and get a cross ice pass from #3’s.
E. Continue this flow from diagonal corners.
Defense stay between attacker and net with a tight gap on the 1-1, attack with speed, use skate and stick fakes. One the 2-1 attack with ‘one high and one low, one fast and one slow’, while the defender delay the play and take away the most dangerous shot and deny play across the middle of the goal.
A. Defenders line up at each end in diagonal corners and attacker in the other diagonal corners.
B. #1 attacker from each corner leave with a puck, skate to the blue line and pass to the #2 near the far blue line.
C. #2 make a deception move and pass to #1 in the neutral zone.
D. #1 skate back and regroup with #3.
E. #1’s on each side attack 1-1 vs. #2.
F. Change the drill and now #3 joins #1 and they attack 2 on 1 on each side vs. #2.
* With younger players stagger the start so each corner leaves after the first pass.
Give a target with the stick on the ice. Pass so the player doesn’t have to slow down. Shoot while skating and follow the shot for a rebound.
1. Players are lined up at all four blue lines, clockwise name them A-B-C-D.
2. A and C break across the middle lane for a pass.
1. D pass to A and B pass to D.
2. B and D break for a pass from E and G.
5. Repeat this flow.
6. After shooting circle back to rebound for the next shooter.
Skate quickly up the side or to the middle while your partner creates a hinge below in the middle or above on the wall. Replace the pair you pass to in the line.
1. A1 carry the puck wide and pass back to A2 in the middle.
2. A2 now carry the puck wide and pass back to A1.
3. A1 skate and pass to B1 who repeats the passes int he other direction.
4. A-B-C's do the same.
5. Next repetition A1 skate to the middle and pas wide and up the ice to A2.
6. Third rep A1 skate across and drop to A2 and they switch sides.
------------------------------------------ The defense has had a tough time learning how to hinge, so in the Warm-up section I invented a drill rotation to practice taking the forechecker with you then passing back or up to your partner. Switching sides is an advanced option. I posted a diagram of the drill and I think they caught on. Many of the players have never been taught a lot of the team play concepts that you would assume they know after playing since they were 5 or 6 years old. It seems that the skills are pretty good and with some are excellent by 'how to play the game' is what we have to add to the skill work. I guess if they knew everything then they wouldn't need coaches.
A hockey curriculum with a 'scope and sequence' of skills, habits and team play concepts is needed. Right now they only thing available from the federations is 'how to teach skills', which is great but doesn't develop complete players who have the skill and know where and when to use them.
The ABC program does this but it is basically ignored and that is why I have this site to provide a progressive curriculum for coaches which I constantly update as the game changes and new practice methods are developed.
It is really important for players to have the basic side to side motion when skating. This is a short video on skating technique that is more than worthwhile to watch.
I just sent this email to Wally Kozak who does a lot of mentoring around the country and a lot of it concerns skating technique.
Juhani introduced me to Gaston who was the skating coach in Davos when Juhani coached there. This short video of Gaston with an edges warm up then teaching the stride and the transition front to back Choctaw turn is worth the 12 minutes to watch it.
A2 Forward and Backward Stride and Choctaw Turn (efficient stride and front to back transition turn) - taught by Dr. Gaston Schaeffer (PHD in Body Mechanics) former Olympic skating coach in Switzerland. lnkd.in/bPkA9wi Gaston was also the Swiss champion and traveled the world for 5 years as feature skater for Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice.
--------------------------------- Speaking of Wally, he was at our Tuesday practice and suggested we enforce the idea of having 'sticks on the ice, in the lanes and on the puck.' When we played the cross ice games Wally watched and blew the whistle to stop the play and enforced. Everyone does 1 push up and the offending player or players do 5. Wally looked to see if the player realized he was the offender. It was very effective and we will use the same rule to enforce 'face the puck'. Many other habits can be stressed using the 'push up rule.'
Give a target, face the puck, shoot while skating, follow the shot for a rebound, pass while skating.
A. 1 from diagonal blue line skate out and pass to 2.
B. 2 skate to 'big ice' and pass to 1 who posts up on the wall.
C. 1 skate in and shoots and follows the shot for a rebound.
D. 2 get a new puck and repeat by passing to 3 and shoot at the other end.
E. After shooting rebound for the next shooter.
Shoot while skating and follow the shot for a rebound.
1. Players A and C leave from diagonal corners.
2. A pass to B and C pass to D at the far blue line.
3. B and D one touch the puck back.
4. A-C skate in and shoot, rebound and rebound for the next shooter.
5. B and D leave and repeat in the other direction.
Pass and shoot while skating, give a target, keep the hands away from the body, keep the puck in the sweet spot.
A. Leave with a puck from diagonal corners.
B. One touch ass in this order 1-2-3-4 and 3-4-1-2.
C. Next pass in the other direction in this order 4-3-2-1 and 2-1-4-3 .
D. Follow the shot and rebound.
E. Circle back and rebound for the next shooter.
Give a target, snap pass, cross-over skate, rebound, shoot, 2-0.
A. 1 and 2 leave and 1 pass to 2.
B. 2 pass to 3 or 4.
C. 3-4-5-6 pass across, up the wall or diagonally while 1 and 2 skate outside of the dots.
D. 3 or 4 make the pass to 1 or 2 when they finish the circle and get to the far blue line.
E. 1 and 2 attack the net.
F. 3 and 4 leave and repeat in the other direction.
Skate hard with cross-overs, give a target, shoot while skating, follow the shot, pass hard.
1. A and C leave.
2. A regroup with B and C with D.
3. A pass to G and C to E.
4. A and C skate around NZ dots.
5. G pass across to B and E across to D.
6. D cross ice pass to C and B to A.
7. A and C shoot, rebound.
8. A and C rebound for the next shooter.
9. B and D repeat in the other direction.
By: TomM (offline) Monday, November 03 2014 @ 03:33 AM GMT
Sharpen your skates, reserve your room, buy your bear spray and get in shape for a lot of hiking and biking.
Because the Jasper Skating and Hockey Camp - Starts Aug 10, 2015
This is three weeks later than the usual start in July.
I will post last years brochure. Highlight is 7.5 hours of skating with former Olympic coach Gaston Schaeffer and 7.5 hrs. of hockey skills and game sense in 5 days with me. The figure skaters have three on ice sessions per day with Gaston. There is an optional white water rafting trip on Wednesday morning and plyometrics and stretching for both hockey players and figure skaters just before dinner. Good technique in skating, puck handling, passing and solid playing habits are the themes of the camp.
Here are last years prices so add about $50 to each.
H Power Skating & Hockey or Figure Skating
Day camp (no meals)
$375 + GST
Day camp w/ two meals
$480 + GST
Day camp w/ accommodation and meals
$780 + GST There are dorm rooms with bunk beds below the recreation centre. The rec. centre has a new fitness facility and a pool that the kid's usually go swimming after dinner.
Give a target and face the puck. Do everything while skating.
A. 1 skate to the middle lane and circle back and exchange the puck with 2.
B. 2 pass up the boards to 3.
C. 1 get open on the boards for a regroup pass from 3.
D. 1 skate in and shoot.
E. 1 Circle back and rebound for the next shooter.
F. 3 repeat the other way exchanging the puck with 4.
Drills that start from the 4 blue stripes on the boards.
Drills from the 4 blue lines are very popular because the middle of the ice is empty and you can do skills, regroups or game situations either full or half ice.
We code the drills starting at the blue line as;
B600 is when the drills run from the 4 blue lines and the players pass and shoot vs. zero opponents.
C600 run from the 4 blue lines and are game situation drills usually 1-1 to 2-2 but they could be up to 3-2.
I have put a pdf. booklet together with about sixty B600 and C600 drills that I have posted so far.
Mark Maloney played for us at the U of Calgary and sent these animated video clips about coaching players today. There has been a lot of research on how players learn and it is very contrary to our traditional drills approach.
Mark started the Drillbook and worked with Willie Desjardins in developing a lot of practice activities while Willie coached in the minors.
Subject: A couple of Coach Development Videos. Enjoy!
Break hard to the middle, give a target, quick cross-over skating. Shoot and follow the shot for a rebound.
1. Leave from both ends at the same time.
2. A break across the top of the circle from the corner.
3. B pass to A from the other corner and the coach mirror A across the ice.
4. A skate and shoot at the far end and follow the shot for a rebound.
5. A circle back and rebound for the next shooter.
6. Repeat from the other side. B pass to C.
This is the arena where Juhani Wahlsten and I introduced coaches from Austria to the development program we developed for the Austrian Ice Hockey Association www.eishockey.at/aus-und-fortbildung/ (ours is the parts titled ABC). Juhani did the classes in German (one of the seven languages he speaks and I did the on ice in this rink and a practice rink that is attached at the back.) There is meeting room under the seats where we did the classes. We also did off ice in a nearby park. There is glass all around the outside of the rink, which is very common in Europe. One of the nicer rinks.
The Austrian program translated to English can be found as PDF attachments at the bottom of these postings. It is a good scope and sequence for teaching both the skills and the good habits to be a complete hockey player.
By: TomM (offline) Tuesday, November 11 2014 @ 04:29 AM GMT
Canucks Team Building Activities
Perry Pearn who coached NAIT in the ACAC vs. my SAIT for 4 years before moving on to higher leagues and Willie Desjardins, who I was an asst. for at the U of Calgary for 6 years run both on and off team building games with the Canucks. I saw it on Facebook and put it in my dropbox. It is best to download it so it runs smoothly.
Steve Carlyle (Canada National Team and WHA Oilers) came up to me last week and asked; 'What happened to us?' He was on the staff my first year at the U of Calgary and the other coaches were Willie (Vancouver), Mike Johnston (Pittsburg) and Drew Remenda (was video coach for the Ducks and now is a colour man on NHL TV). We stayed at home instead of traveling around coaching and were both teachers. The next year Steve, Mike and Drew had left and Slava Lener (asst. in Florida and now head of Czech hockey) and Terry Johnson joined the staff. Willie left after the 94 season when we lost to the U of Lethbridge coached by Mike Babcock in the Canada West finals and went on a two year leave to coach in Japan. Tim Bothwell came in as interim coach and they told him to keep Terry and I on because Willie was returning. Willie won the Japanese championship his second season and they offered him so much money that he stayed and coached in Japan for about six years before returning and taking over the Medicine Hat Tigers. Tim took over and we won Canada West and went to the final 4 in Toronto 95 and 96 with the team Willie had recruited, mostly because we went on a three week tour of Scandanavia (in the summer of 93, that I arranged because of Juhani) and that attracted a lot of top major junior players. Terry quit coaching at the U after one season with Tim and I left after two. Tim stayed a few more years and then moved on to be an asst. in Atlanta for a season. 95 and 96 are the last two years the U of C has won Canada West. Willie won in 90, so I was part of the team for 3 of those teams.
So I guess the reason I tell this story is to say that coaching at the university level gives you the opportunity to meet and work with and against some very knowledgeable people and I am grateful that I got the chance to do it.
The most significant thing though was meet Juhani Wahlsten, when he was brought to Calgary to do a coaching course by the then Dean of PE George Kingston. We hit it off because we are both PE teacher/hockey coaches who use 'games to teach the game' and it resulted in me going to Finland and traveling around doing seminars with him and the Russian icon Vladimir Yursinov. This opened opportunities for me to run summer camps in Hamar, Norway, Vierumaki, Finland and Pennsylvania. These led to camps in Jasper, New York, Los Angeles, Norther Michigan, Detroit, Delaware, Guatalajara, Mexico, Seoul, Korea, Boston, Vienna and Salzburg, Austria and I just got an inquiry from Atlantic City. I think I have traveled to Europe twenty times for coaching camps, attending conferences and to give seminars. So hockey has been good to me.
I am enjoying coaching this Bantam team and Wally Kozak is my mentor. He attends a lot of the games and I had him run the last 20 minutes of today's practice.
I made this game up last night by moving the players up to the top of the circle and the rule was that the Jokers at the point must shoot a wrist or snap shot and couldn't pass. The focus was to get the attackers to screen, tip and rebound and the defenders to communicate who covers who, box out, take sticks, seal stick to the outside and battle for rebounds AFTER they tie up the sticks. A good sequence is to start with 1-1, then 2-2 and then 3-3 and have about 20" shifts. I will get a video the next time we do it.
DT400 Low Zone Battles with Jokers at Point
Attackers must go to the net to screen, for rebounds, tips and cycle low. Defenders must talk and stay man on man unless impossible and then switch. Box out, seal sticks to the outside, tie up sticks in the slot.
1. The game is played from the top of the circles down.
2. Play from 1-1 to 3-3.
3. Players must pass to the point to go onto offense.
4. Joker at the point must take a wrist or snap shot.
* Keep score and when in the teaching mode stop the play and have player who doesn't cover someone do 5 push-ups and his teammates 1 PU.
It has been great having Wally Kozak as my mentor. We played against each other for years and he has had a lot of hockey experiences coaching with Dave King, being the head scout for Canada's women's team and working with many national team coaches, etc..
Meeting and working with you since 1985 gave affirmation that how I was teaching PE and coaching by using games was very effective and a lot more enjoyable than standing in line and waiting for your turn to do a simple skill. I and you got a lot of negative push back for having this philosophy but now it is the 'new way' to coach and teach. So maybe all of those years of paddling against the stream were worthwhile.
Middle drive with F2 driving hard to the net. Practice the various entries and players attack in their lanes.
1. Leave from the end in groups of three.
2. Coach give resistance at the blue line.
3. First wing pass to middle to far wing who shoots while F2 goes hard to the net.
4. If players mess up they repeat the drill.
5. Shoot to the far pad for a rebound.
6. Wing to middle to far wing who skates to the big ice and the centre takes the ice behind for a wide pass.
7. Far wing drive to the net and new middle lane player trail.
8. F1 pass to F2 in the middle who passes to F3 on the wing; F3 skates to the big ice and pass wide to the F1 breaking down the wide wing.
9. F2 middle drive hard to the net and F3 become the trailer.
Do everything with speed. D skate between dots before passing. Attackers make the first pass early. A 2-1 is really a 2-2 with the defender and the goalie. Defender identify the most dangerous attacker.
1. D1 skate back and get the puck placed below the goal line by the coach.
2. D1 pass to F1 and follow.
3. F1 regroup with D2.
4. F2 join F1 and attack D1 2 on 1.
5. D2 go back and retrieve a new puck placed by the coach at the opposite end.
6. D2 passes to F3 who regroups with D3 and F4 join.
7. Repeat this flow.
Defender protect the puck and use evasive moves to skate it out of the zone. Checker avoid penalties and fight for possession.
A. 1 and 2 kneel down inside the pylons.
B. On whistle get up and skate outside the pylons.
C. 1 chip the puck in and battle with 2 for possession.
D. 1 try to score and 2 to carry the puck out of the zone.
E. When the play is over 3 shoot from the point.