Archive for December, 2012

SKILL DEVELOPMENT DURING THE GAMES

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

During games coaches are encouraged to send one third of their players to the neutral zone for skill development. In this way players will spend less time sitting and more time on ice.

During this week’s game players will be working on stopping, skating backwards, balance and doing leg crossovers.

I am really impressed with how much they have improved. Backward skating and stopping still needs lots of work. Puck control (stick handling, passing and shooting) can not be worked on during the games since extra pucks could enter the game .

 

After the first game I assume that everyone was excited. Remember a first goal is a huge accomplishment and worthy of a celebration! David

Saturday Feb 2 the people at Kraft and Ross’ Independent are organizing a series of events as part of the now cancelled “Hockeyville” program. e do not have a practice that week so …I plan to organize a floor hockey fun event at Mother Teresa’s. ALL players will get goodies (compliments of Kraft) and the plan is also to get medals and/ or T-shirts. The event will raise money for the local food cupboard. I thought I would give all the loyal blog followers a heads up. Details should be ironed out in the next few day so by early January I should be able to finalize things for everyone.David

Karen Russell has  arranged for us to have two sets of goalie gear. Two of our instructors (Travis and Liam)  are goalies and I have assigned them the task of doing  some introduction to being a goalie skill sessions during some of the practices in January. Ask your son if they might like to try on the pads and give i ta try. I will pass out info to all the parent reps at our next practice. This is just advanced warning for the loyal blog readers!!! David

PRACTICE SATURDAY DEC 29 BELL 3- 7

Posted: December 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

PRACTICE SATURDAY DEC 29 BELL   3 – 7

Focus is back to skating

Warm up skating length to length with pucks

AS TEAMS SO TIRES NEEDED UP THE CENTRE OF THE ICE – focus is on keeping their head up and avoiding collisions

ALL IN – Now done as teams skating lengthwise on their own side of the ice.

1. Fast as you can there and back

2. One foot – other foot there and back

3. Fast run

4. Stork (knee up and glide) at every line

5. Hop every line there and back

6. Touch one knee down at every line

7. Fall (two knees) at every line

8. Change direction (front to back to front) at every line and back

9. Stop at every line and wave at the stands there and back

10. Skate backwards STOP AT THE END (to avoid collisions) then repeat

Split into 4 stations  4 nets needed

1. Instructor and player pass back and forth and shoot on moving plastic goalie GIVE AND GO ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE ICE – to allow multiple strong passes                                                                                  Focus : getting and making a pass, shooting to the “hole” ( 3 instructors)

2. Quick acceleration then slalom without pucks  (burst – 3 pylons – burst -3 pylons  etc

Focus : rapid acceleration and then maintaining speed and balance as they turn (2 instructors)

3. Skate through four high pylons with a puck and back through 4 pylons

Focus : stick handling and acceleration (2 instructors)

4.  Three shots in a row into the nets – player returns to pylon then goes to pucks– 3 nets needed

Focus:  getting into the position to shoot, forehand backhand shot and rapidly getting to a puck.

(3 instructors)

 

CLOSING GAME   Freeze tag

Candy canes at the end. OOPS FORGOT THEM LAST WEEK!!!

NEXT GAME FRIDAY JAN 4 WBB  5:30   4  vs  8    2  vs  5

6:30   3  vs  7    1  vs  6

Exciting first games! Now you all see what I meant by crowded dressing rooms.The rotation will get better once the players and parent volunteers have got accustomed to it. Remember at no point can anyone be on ice without a helmet. This is a  safety issue. Next game we will be going to 4 minute shifts. This will reduce changes and will maximize their time on ice

Saturday’s practice outline. Focus is back to skating

Warm up skating length to length with pucks – focus is on keeping their head up and avoiding collisions

ALL IN – Now done as teams skating lengthwise on their own side of the ice.

1. Fast as you can there and back

2. One foot other foot there and back

3. Hop every line there and back

4. Stork (knee up and glide) at every line

5. Touch knee down at every line

6.Fall at every line

7. Change direction (front to back to front) at every line and back

8. Stop at every line and wave  at the stands.

9. Skate backwards STOP AT THE END (to avoid collisions) then repeat

Split into 4 stations

1. Instructor and player pass back and forth and shoot on moving plastic goalie

( 3 instructors)

2. Quick acceleration then slalom without pucks   (burst – 3 pylons – burst -3 pylons  – burst – 3 – burst -3

(2 instructors)

3. Skate across ice with puck – bounce off boards then recover it and repeat at the opposite side

( 2 instructors)

4.  Skate around an individual  tire – forwards in both directions then backwards in both directions

(3 instructors)

CLOSING GAME   Freeze tag.

Candy canes at the end.

Practice next week Dec 29 at BELL 3-7

 

NOTE: OUR FIRST GAME IS COMING!!!

The practice will be more or less the same as last week’s

FOCUS areas:

  1. Handling the puck
  2. Using the boards
  3. Shooting on net

Warm up: Mini games at both ends teams split half of each to each end 4 pucks per game

 

ALL IN – NOTE:  RINK DIVIDED IN HALF UP THE MIDDLE with tires – (teams are separated )

  1. NO PUCKS Fast as you can to the end and return( NO STOPPING AT ONE END)
  2. NO PUCKS Skate to every line and stop. wave at the parents and return
  3. Push (shovel technique) the puck to the end and return ( NO STOPPING AT ONE END)
  4. Skate backwards dragging the puck (NO STOPPING AT ONE END)

Stations: (note nets are between the blue lines and the red line – not at the ends)

 1. Pass to a partner on both sides of a tire (obstacle) Focus – moving to get open to pass  and receive the pass

.2   NET (2) –One time shot   Focus – Body position , strong shot

3  NET (2)  Take a pass and go around  a “V” of pylons and shoot  (Forehand and backhand based on the side they skate to)

4 NEW Shoot the  puck to the corner and return (one at a time – several can go at once – not a competition for the puck since each player is chasing their own puck) Focus: acceleration, anticipating bounce

 Second stations

  1. Race to the puck (pairs of players follow the bounce off the boards ) stay with short distances   Focus: acceleration, anticipating bounce
  2. NET (2) Shoot on PVC goalie – Focus: find the hole  – use some movement to make it challenging
  3. NET (2) Shoot four pucks in a row on the net  (forehand – pucks are spread out across the face of the net) Focus getting their body in position to shoot, strong shot, hit the net
  4.  NEW Skate across the ice – bounce off boards, recover puck  and return Focus pushing the puck, anticipating bounce, endurance

END ACTIVITY Unlikely – Freeze tag if time

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GETTING READY FOR THE FIRST GAME

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Our mini games are coming and there are a few special considerations;

On game night FOUR teams will play at once . This means there will be 72 players involved.This number can cause some issues and needs to be understood before that first game:

1. We only have two dressing rooms for people so PLAYERS MUST ARRIVE DRESSED except for their skates.

2. Parents can not all fit in the dressing room so a few parents have to agree to be skate tighteners.

3. Once on ice the  two teams scheduled to play each other will sit on the same player’s bench. This will involve lots of crowding. To help this and to maximize the amount of skating for every player the teams will be divided in thirds by the bench parent:Each three minutes the buzzer will sound and a rotation will occur.

1/3 will take part in a three minute shift playing a cross ice game .When the buzzer sounds they will go to the skill area

1/3 will sit on the bench waiting to join the game

1/3 will be in the area between the blue lines doing a three minute skill development activity with me

We will not clear the ice so we will have  approximately 48 minutes of hockey. So every player will play for 16 minutes, sit for 16 minutes and practice skills for 16 minutes.

At the end of the games we will need to quickly get off the ice.

Games:

ONE PUCK, goalies have a goalie stick supplied – All players who want to will have a chance to play goalie. There are no goalie pads but I am hoping to arrange that for later in the year-  in case some players want to try to learn the position. Two of our instructors are goalies so we have the possibility to segregate players who might want to be goalies next year in Novice. More on this after I have spoken to the NMHA

Start with a face off with one player from each team. A face off occurs every time there is a goal scored. NO SCORE IS KEPT NOR ARE WINNERS DECLARED…but I hope parents recognize their child’s first goal or assist or special moments like “hat tricks”