Last Practice before Christmas…

Warm up skate – (MUCH SHORTER) – Skate with pucks

ALL IN –

Fast as you can (2 ways)

Exaggerated one foot then other foot stride

Together apart

Stop and drop at every line

Touch one knee at every line

Forward backward transition

DRILLS will be much like last weekend focusing on puck control as well as skating  backwards (assuming 6  per group)

Goalie training will use one net

  1. Puck movement through staggered  pylons
  2. 2 Mini net games 1 on 1 – Winner stays in
  3. Tire push with tall pylons in a staggered pattern
  4. Backward skating moving left and right
  5. Partner passing  to shot on net
  6. Passing to the small nets – forehand and backhand

 

Without question the orange buckets are an excellent way to teach players to skate. They do several things:

  1. They “open up the hips” and force players to a push that is wide
  2. They tip the players forward into an almost “hockey position”
  3. They support players until they find their front back and side to side balance points.
  4. ….. and of course they are fun to push around

SO when is it time to take them away? There is no one answer for all solution.Buckets make players feel safe and secure … but their are no buckets in hockey. If we take them away too early then the players will revert to an upright position which will result in them trying to balance instead of skating. The easy answer is to take them away when the player says so – unfortunately this means that players hold on to their big orange security blankets far too long.Orange buckets can be removed when the player shows good lateral stride with some power and a forward lean when they skate. Instructors will try very hard to convince players still on buckets to “fly free”.

IP 1 Practice Dec 12  Merivale Aena 8-1

IP1’s are doing very well. Almost all players are off the buckets. BUT we need to push them a little to skate harder. “I want to hear their skates”

Warm up skate – (MUCH SHORTER) – Skate with balls

ALL IN :

Fast as you can (2 ways)

Exaggerated one foot then other foot stride

Together apart

Stop and drop at every line both ways

DRILLS assuming 5-6   per group

  1. Tire push
  2. Mini net games 1 on 1 – Winner stays in
  3. Exercise ball push with tall pylons in a staggered pattern RACE
  4. Backward skating
  5. Partner passing to shot on net
  6. Stopping
  7. What time is it Mr. Wolf

Practice outline IP2 Dec 12

Posted: December 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

IP 2 Practice Dec 12 Bell Arena 3-5

Warm up skate – (MUCH SHORTER)  We need to get to our activities faster!

ALL IN:

Fast as you can (2 ways)

Exaggerated one foot then other foot stride We need to lengthen their stride.

Together apart

Stop and drop at every line

Touch one knee at every line

Forward backward transition there and back

DRILLS assuming 4-5  per group

Goalie training net 1

  1. Two on none with the goalie ACTIVE!! Both ways around  net 2
  2. Mini net games 1 on 1 – Winner stays in
  3. Exercise ball push with tall pylons in a staggered pattern RACE
  4. Backward skating around the pool noodle BOTH WAYS
  5. Figure eight skate
  6. Passing to shot on net (net 3)
  7. Backhand shot (net 4)
  8. What time is it Mr. Wolf

I have been very pleased with the improvement of our beginning skaters. Almost all our players are ready to leave their buckets and start to skate on their own. Buckets are far more than just a support. They help players to open their hips, bend their knees and push out sideways rather than straight back. All three of these are essential components of skating forwards. If you are concerned about your Timbit’s skating than you have a few options. One is to bring them to two practices so we can work with them. The second is to take them to public skating.

Some of our players who have resisted buckets are still running on their skates. This may look like they are progressing BUT in fact they are learning to do something that is not part of skating. Skating requires the player to be almost constantly out of balance as they push off with alternating feet. This emphasis on staying balanced above their skates will make their progression harder.

We will begin to move players from buckets once they get a push with both feet. Games are coming and all players need to be off buckets to participate in the games.

In order to make this transition a little easier we will be using buckets for ALL players in two of our drills this Saturday. I have used buckets all the way to Bantam to show foot placement – they are not restricted to IP.

On Halloween both IP1 and IP2 were scheduled at the same time in the morning to allow our Timbits to go trick or treating. I was at Bell with the IP1’s from 8 – 1.

I left the IP2 group a practice outline and the equipment to run the practice. This is no small assignment for younger adults. You have to learn to take on positions of responsibility sometime. I am pleased that they stepped up,

See everyone next Saturday.

Each IP2 team will be assigned a set of goalie gear in its own bag. IP1 teams will not have goalies. IP1 focuses on developing skating and puck handling.Starting the first practice in November we will begin our goalie skills development. One of our instructors is a goalie and is responsible for the training.Each team will assign goalies in the manner the parents support. Teams will NOT HAVE a single dedicated goalie. Not all players are ready to be a goalie but players should get a  chance to try if they are interested. This has worked well for the last three years and I do not expect any problems this year. I will get two sets of left handed goalie gloves so that all players can use the equipment. Goalie sticks are NOT ASSIGNED to the teams will be brought to the games by the referees.