Practice Outline IP2 Oct 18, 2014, Bell Arena 3- 7

Oct 18 IP2 Bell 3- 7 (6 instructors – a little short even with parents on ice)

David Dylan Jack Tyler Owen
Patrick Megan?

Time to get our players handling pucks!

WARM UP Skate with pucks ( 5 minutes)

ALL IN (PART ONE at one end)

Fast as you can

Fall at every line

Stop at every line

Forward to backward skating transition at every line

PART TWO SPREAD OUT ALONG SIDE BOARDS from ringette to ringette line

Push the puck to the far boards and stop SNOW SHOVEL  x 2

Bounce the puck off the boards and recover  x 2

4 STATIONS: (9 skaters per station)

  1. One timer drill

Location: One end – crease area

VOCAB: “I will pass you the puck. I want you to go where the puck is and turn your body and take the shot without stopping.”

  1. Pylon skate in a straight line (one step push)

Location: Down the blue line

VOCAB: “I want you to skate through the pylons using a one foot push. “

  1. Bucket push through a serpentine pylon path

Location: Down the blue line and red line area

VOCAB: “This is a foot work drill. I want you to push your bucket around these pylons.”

  1. Passing drill

Location: Normal crease area

VOCAB: “ Line up in two lines. I want you and your partner to pass the puck back and forth and then take a shot on net. Make sure the player who shoots is “in the open”…the whole idea is to trick me  – I will be the goalie.”

WRAP UP GAME  Blob race with two people per tire through a pylon course

Practice outline IP1 Oct 18, 2014 Merivale arena 8 – 1

Oct 18 IP1 Merivale 8- 1 (10 instructors)

David Jacob Adam Sam Joseph
Leo Zach Megan Adriano Jamie

Hopefully almost all of our orange buckets are ready to graduate. It is important that we keep the pressure on them to keep trying. Megan still has the lead on this with our two parent helpers.

WARM UP (5 minutes) Skate with pucks and the four mini nets. Encourage them to shoot and then find another puck. NO GOALIES – for safety reasons

ALL IN (under 15 minutes)

Fast as you can

Hop every line

Fall at every line and get back up

Stick on knees and glide

Apart /  together

Fast as you can

Six stations (5 – 6 skaters per station = more hands on instruction) 5 minutes per station

  1. Backward skating

Location: Inside the ringette line

VOCAB: “I want to hear your skates when you make those C cuts. Don’t lean on your stick.”

  1. Pylon skate with orange buckets through a serpentine course with tall pylons.

Location: between the ringette line and the blue line

VOCAB: “ I want you to put down your stick and get one orange bucket. Keep both hands on the bucket at all times as you go through the pylons. I should be able to hear your skates digging into the ice.”

  1. Pylon skate through a straight line of pylons.

Location: straight down the red line

VOCAB: “I want you to push with one foot then the other as you go through these pylons. Right, left , right left…”

  1. Passing

Location down the blue line starting half way from the boards.

VOCAB: “I want you to form two lines. You and your partner need to pass the puck back and forth until you reach the net.”

  1. One timer shooting on net

Location: side boards on the blue line

VOCAB: “ I will pass you the puck and I want you to skate to the puck and take a shot on net. This is called a one timer because you shoot right away. Remember to turn your body sideways to the net to take the shot”

  1. Stopping

Location: One face off circle

VOCAB: “ I want to work on stopping. Stopping has three steps – skating , turning and digging in your edges.”

Due to having 6 stations we will not have a wrap up game.

Why I love my instructors

Posted: October 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Being an instructor is a job where you are always on display. By their very nature young children are unpredictable. It is the job of the instructors to keep the experience positive and on track. I told my instructors that I did not want them to work too hard…instead I wanted them to share the joy they have for the game of hockey. I have now seen them four times and I have seen behaviour that I am very pleased with. Since I need to balance the work of 20 instructors I really do appreciate when they make my job so easy.Nine hours just seems to fly by!

My instructors have:

1. Always arrived on time when they said they could work.

2. Almost always read the blog explaining what we are doing

3 Followed the practice plan or improved it

4. Have shown a genuine excitement to be there

5. Have shown a genuine concern for our Timbits

6. Have always come filled with smiles and left the same way.

7.Have done an amazing job working with the Timbits that occasionally fall behind

Our Timbits and the NMHA is well served by these great “kids”.

As I have stated before let me know if you ever see something you need explained or that worries you.

I LOVE TIMBITS!!

In praise of parents on ice

Posted: October 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have worked with the NMHA for three years to create a system for parents to actively help their Timbits by being on ice. It has always seemed logical that we should engage parents in the fun of being on ice with their players. These parents will form the nucleus of the Novice division coaching group. Next year the communication between Novice and the Initiation program can only be stronger if there is better communication between instructors and parents.

There was some reluctance to have parents on ice. This probably based on the limited ability to “control” parents once they got on ice. As I stated at the parent meeting parents on ice are there to help and are under the direct supervision of the Head Instructor. Parents on ice who have any concerns should “skate them to me”. The first three weeks have gone very well. Parents have been a huge help on ice. Having a designated “on ice parent” has created a system where interested parents can really get involved. Remember the practice plans will always be posted on this blog. It is assumed that every person (instructors and parents) will have read the blog before coming to the practice. I am excited about the expanding role of parents in fostering the love of hockey in our Timbits.

From time to time players will show up with some item of their gear missing. I purchased a few more items at Play It Again yesterday and now I think I will have what players may need. This gear supply is designed to eliminate a short term problem not be a permanent solution.. The items are not for sale or “permanent borrow” – so please return them to the bin right after their use. I think the best way to make these available is to keep them in a plastic bin. The one exception to this are mouth guards. I purchased 10 of these for $10 each and they can not be returned. I am still waiting to get paid for the mouth guard I “loaned” two weeks ago.

From time to time gear will be left at the arena. There is no perfect way to deal with this. Every arena has a lost and found box (usually in the office where the Zamboni driver works). Since some players will use this gear for events other than the Timbits program I am worried that if I take it then parents will not be able to get it as easily once they realize the item is lost.

So the policy…..

1. I will bring any gear left behind at the end of the block of time I am scheduled at the arena home and then will post a list on this blog. So under thius system parents will need to call me to arrange a time to come to retrieve the item.

2. Bench reps who see gear from their team should just take it with them so that it will make it back to the team the next week. If you email me then I will post it on the blog. By now every team should have established a communication network. If your team has not yet done that then you should at the very least arrange an email system. A facebook page dedicated to the team works very well.

To date I have no lost and found items.

Sort of related… If ever your child outgrows a piece of gear I would be happy to receive them in the bin. This saves me the expense of buying gear. The amount of money I can direct to buying gear is limited and every donation helps.

 

Practice outline for IP2 Saturday Oct 11 Merivale  9 – 1

Oct 11 IP2 Merivale 9 – 1 (7)

David Leo Patrick Adriano Owen Zach
Adam S Matt

 

For this practice I would like to again target two important foundational skills (backward skating  and stopping) with LOTS OF HANDS ON INSTRUCTION. Things will be a lot easier if we can get our Timbits to the point they can stop and skate backwards.

WARM UP – skate with pucks – New instruction – they must bounce the pucks off the tires  (NO nets)

Passing is great but I really want them to learn to keep the puck under control and REACT TO THE CHANGE OF DIRECTION OF THE PUCK AS IT BOUNCES OFF THE TIRE.

ALL IN at one end (shorter time – since we are having 6 stations)

  1. Fast as you can there and back
  2. Stop at every line facing the stands there and back
  3. Fall at every line there and back
  4. Feet together and apart there and back
  5. One foot push there and back (alternate push coming back)

6 stations  (approximately 6 players per station and about 5 minutes per station)

  1. ONE TIMER SHOT ON NET (NO GOALIE)

Location: Cross ice inside the ringette line.

Goal: To have players move to the puck, maintain balance and take a shot

VOCAB: “This is your big chance to score! I will pass the puck to you and I want you to shoot the puck as soon as you get it.”

  1. SKATE FORWARD AGAINST RESISTANCE

Location: Cross ice between the ringette line and the blue line

VOCAB: “In order to get power in your skating you have to do three things:  bend your knees, dig your edges in and push hard. I want you to push your tire across the ice using I WANT TO HEAR YOUR EDGES!”

  1. STOPPING BOTH SIDES ONE FOOT

I really want precise one on one instruction.

Location: Up and down the ice between the red line and blue line.

VOCAB: “Funny thing …..you need to skate fast to learn to stop!!! “(Note: This is super important.) “There are TWO PARTS TO A STOP: Turning sideways and sliding  and digging your edge in to stop the slide….I want you to stop by turning your body to the side and sliding sideways. You need to dig your edge in to help you stop. You will find it easier to do this if you lift your back foot.”

 

  1. PARTNER BACKWARD SKATING

I really want precise one on one instruction.

Location: Cross ice between the blue line and red line

VOCAB: “ Last Saturday you all improved but we still have work to do. I want you to skate backwards using  C cuts but I want you to try something new . I want you to pull your partner using the hoola hoops.  Keep your head up… keep your “tail out”.

Note IDEALLY we want them to get to the point they do a C cut with a tail but first we need them to generate backwards power using the C cut.

 

  1. PARTNER PASSING AND SHOT ON NET WITH GOALIE

Location: Across the ice between the blue line and ringette line

Goal: To develop passing skills and especially the concept of using the pass to “lead” a player.

VOCAB: “Form two lines. I want you to pass between the orange buckets to your partner and then shoot on the net. Make sure you pass the puck IN FRONT of your partner so they can skate up to it.”

 

  1. STICK HANDLING TRANSITIONING , BOUNCE OFF THE BOARDS

Location : Along the boards inside the ringette line  inside the ringette line

VOCAB: “In hockey we use terms like soft and hard. Your hands are “soft” because you can control them and your stick is “hard”. All this really means is that your hands control your stick. In order to stick handle, make a pass or receive one you need to be able to “cushion” the puck so it doesn’t bounce off your stick. Stick handle and then pick a spot on the boards and bounce the puck off it , recover it and do it again.”

WRAP UP GAME: GET THE PUCK PAST THE INSTRUCTORS (HOPEFULLY WE WILL HAVE TIME!!!

Instructors line up on the blue line (one side)

Players are all on one side of the ice with LOTS OF PUCKS and cannot cross the red line. They try to shoot pucks past the instructors who must stay on the ringette line. When instructors stop the pucks they  GENTLY dump them back into the other end.

IP1 Practice outline for Saturday Oct 11, 2014 Bell Arena 3 – 8

Oct 11 IP1 Bell 3 – 8  (9 instructors + 2 parent on ice reps)

David Matt K Jamie Carson Megan
Tyler Matty Adam G (3-5) Amy  Zach (some)

 

Focus: We will continue the focus of our practices in IP1 on two different goals:

  1. Beginning skating (balance and push!) with our orange buckets – HUGE IMPROVEMENTS
  2. Developing power by opening up the hips, bending the knees and pushing on the edges

WARM UP : – Skate with pucks …. Try for shorter time!

ALL IN (shorter time – only go to Ringette line since orange buckets will be at that end.) :

Fast as you can

Two foot glide with stick across the knees

Apart together

Fall at every line

Fast as you can

FIVE STATIONS (APPROXIMATELY 6 players per station 5 – 6 minutes per station)

  1. RINGETTE RING KEEP AWAY

Location: Left Faceoff circle

Goal: To develop balance and agility

VOCAB: “Turn your stick over and push down to hold on to the ring. Keep skating inside the circle. Don’t let me get your ring.”

  1. SIDEWAYS TUG OF PEACE

Location: Right Face off circle

Goal: To develop inside edge control on both sides (beginning of stopping) by digging in the inner edge to maintain balance against a pull from a partner. Tug of “peace” not war!

VOCAB: I want you and your partner to put down your sticks and grab the bicycle tire in one hand. Dig in your edge sideways so your partner can’t move you. This is a tug of peace – – just pull lTry the other side.”

  1. STRAIGHT LINE PYLON SKATE WITH TALL PYLONS

Location: Across the ice between the ringette line and blue line

Goal: To develop one foot push with power on alternating feet

VOCAB: “I want you to push hard with one foot between the pylons. Try to only push once – Right foot then left foot.”

  1. SKATE IN, PICK UP THE PUCK AND SHOOT ON PVC GOALIE

Location: Between the red and blue line (pylons on red and blue lines)

Goal: Puck control while skating, shooting “where the goalie isn’t”

VOCAB

  1. PYLON FIGURE EIGHT GLIDE

Location: Between the ringette line and the blue line

Goal: To develop inside edge control needed in turning.

VOCAB: “Skate toward the pylon and glide around it then go to the other pylon and glide around it. We will be making a giant number eight. Make sure you push hard with your edges and keep your knees bent.

 

WRAP UP GAME:  Freeze tag – Instructors are it.

TUNNEL UP AND SAY GOODBYE

 

ORANGE BUCKETS (3 instructors)
Inside the Ringette line KEEP THEM AT ONE END FROM THE BEGINNING

WARM UP – skate with soccer balls

NOTE: ACTIVITIES ARE RESTRICTED TO THE AREA INSIDE THE RINGETTE LINE FOR THE WHOLE PRACTICE

KEY POINT IS TO KEEP CHANGING THE ACTIVITY AND REMEMBER THE END GAME IS TO GET THEM OFF THEIR BUCKETS

Push buckets across the ice as fast as you can

Push bucket a few feet and retrieve it coming across the ice

Push buckets around the faceoff circle in both directions

Buckets through serpentine pylon path around the faceoff circle

Bucket war inside the faceoff circle

Dodge ball (rolling)

Bucket soccer with pylons for nets

WRAP UP GAME freeze tag – players are it