Archive for February, 2013

Practice Outline    55 minutes

Primary focus is on  puck control, passing  and shooting. Need 4 nets.

Warm up (6 minutes maximum) – Skate (with pucks) through pylons- encourage the ” deek” around the pylons THIS WILL REQUIRE ACTIVE SUPPORT BY THE INSTRUCTORS

ALL IN   NO PUCKS, TEAMS TO THEIR OWN END 

Two activities :(10 minutes – 5 minutes each or less)

a. Chariot race around a circular pylon route (One lap then switch partners)

Focus : Power and bent knees

b. Every player gets a ball that they throw up and catch 

Focus: Head up balance VERY HARD FOR YOUNG PLAYERS!

ALL IN NO PUCKS ONE END (10 minutes)

Fast as you can 

Hop every line 

Fall and get up at every line

Change direction at blue line and blue line 

Stop at every line 

STATIONS: 5 – 6 minutes each  – or more if time allows (30 minutes)

First five minutes after players are sent to stations is for players to bounce pucks off the boards. Instructors focus on hard shots fore hand and backhand – correct body position and follow through.

1. NET 1 Goalie drills at one end This will occur if the goalie instructor is available, 

2. NET 2 Two on none with the PVC goalie (opposite end to goalie drills and skating in from blue line) Focus: Passing, Keeping their head up, shooting at the hole

3. STICK HANDLING THROUGH STRAIGHT LINE OF PYLONS   Focus: Tilting the blade of the stick to keep the puck under control TWO LINES TO INCREASE REPS

4. NET 3 BACK HAND DRILL with PVC goalie Focus : Moving puck to the backhand and shooting for a hole

5. NET 4 Two on none wrap around to trailing partner.Focus: Puck control in wrap around , good pass to partner, quick shot 

WRAP UP Probably mot enough time > If time then freeze tag against instructors (prey)

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Where is everyone?

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

I am more than a little concerned that so many players did not come to practice. Each team has 17 or 18 players -for a grand total of  140+ players. – by my count we had 5,5,7,7,7,8,9 and 10 players out or 58 players or 41% . Any one see runaway Timbits???

On a more positive note – I saw some amazing improvement in some of our players this practice. Sometimes it just takes reps to get a skill down. I always think it is funny when a player falls and then looks at me as if they did something wrong – when in actual fact their fall meant that they are finally pushing hard enough. Once you learn to push = finding the angle for your blades is the easy thing = nice job!

Practice Outline Sat Feb 16, Bell 3 – 7    55 minutes

Primary focus is on puck control leading to a shot. Need 4 nets.

Also working on getting more power into the stride

Warm up – divide teams to half ice:  SKATE WITH BALLS  can shoot at all nets  LIKE THE GAME WARM UP (5 minutes)

 

ALL IN ( teams divided up the middle):

 Full length game (2 laps) Rink in half by team (10 minutes)

Chariot race (One lap then switch partners)

Saucer race (10 saucers)

Focus for both is bent knees and power strides

 

ALL IN (15 minutes)

Fast as you can with pucks

Hop every line with pucks

Change direction at blue line and red line with pucks

Stop at every line with pucks

 

 

STATIONS: 5 minutes each  – or more if time allows (20 minutes)

NET 1 Goalie drills at one end

 

NET 2 Two on none with the PVC goalie (opposite end to goalie drills and skating in from blue line) Focus: Passing, Keeping their head up, shooting at the hole

Fast as you can through STRAIGHT PYLONS with ringette ringsFocus: edge control, weight transfer and power in the stride

NET 3 One timer drill into empty net (two shots from instructors) HARD TO  DO! Focus : Balance, quick release, making decision on forehand or backhand

NET 4 Two on none wrap around to trailing partner. Focus: Puck control in wrap around , good pass to partner, quick shot

PRACTICE OUTLINE 

Focus – Puck control and power while skating (with or without the puck)

Need 4 nets

Warm up  Skate with pucks ( slightly shorter and with no nets)

ALL IN with pucks

  1. Fast as you can to the end and back
  2. Push to the end and back
  3. Hop the lines and back
  4. Stop at every line and back

STATIONS

Goalies at one end

1.       Tire push  (full size tires)

Focus: Strong push, knees bent, head up

2.       Ringette rings through pylons arranged in a straight line

Focus: Skate quickly and shift weight from side to side

3.       Partner rope pull

Focus: Power for the skater  – balance for the towed partner

4.       Two on none shoot at goalie  

Focus: Strong passes, Skating into the pass, shooting at opening     

Second round of stations

5. .       Stick handling “TAP TAP” while skating in a straight line 

Focus: Stickhandling with head up and tilting the stick to control the puck

6.    Two man tug of war with small rope loops

Focus : Edge control – NOT OVERPOWERING    

7.  Pick up Hoola Hoops  

            Focus:Balance, edge control

      8.   Two on none wrap around to open man

              Focus: Wrap around – pass to open man in front who takes a one timer

 

Wrap up game  Score fest

 Teams line up around the centre circle and try to shoot yellow balls (my shins need a break! LOL) past the instructors who are guarding the four nets arranged in a square at centre ice. 

PRACTICE OUTLINE SATURDAY JAN 26 BELL 3-7

Focus – Based on the performance during the games moving the puck (either alone or passing)  is still a major concern

Need 2 nets

Warm up  Skate with pucks(  no nets)

ALL IN with pucks

  1. Fast as you can to the end and back
  2. Push to the end and back
  3. Hop the lines and back
  4. Stop at every line and back

STATIONS

Goalies at one end

1.       Tire push  (full size tires)

Focus: Strong push, knees bent, head up

2.       Ringette rings through pylons

Focus: Tight turns, using upper body to pull around pylons

3.       Backward skating with hoola hoops in two hands

Focus Knees bent, C cuts, Head up

4.       Two on none shoot at goalie NET

Focus: Strong passes, Skating into the pass, shooting at opening

 

5.       Tire bounce – bounce puck off tires recover without moving their feet

Focus: Balance and shifting weight

6.       Stick handling in place right centre, left

Focus: Stickhandling in all three possible places        

      7.  Race with ducks and hoola hoops in partners

            Focus: Co-operation , balance

      8.   Two on none wrap around to open man

              Focus: Wrap around – pass to open man in front who takes a one timer

 

Wrap up game  Score fest

 Teams line up at blue line and try to shoot  it past the instructors who are at centre ice.

GAMES

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

I am very pleased with the improvement in the skill level in the games.. Instructors have now begun to try to get players to play positionally. The first step is to get defence to stay in front of their goalie. Next year coaches will activate their defencemen. Every coach will have their own vision of this. The second step is to have players spread out and pass . In both these instances YOU CAN HELP by reminding your Timbits what to do. It is really helpful to sit with them and point out things during an NHL or OHL game.

Many players are coming late to games – I know it is often hard to get to the arena considering work, weather and traffic Please try to get there on time.

You probably have noticed some games we do not practice in the neutral zone. We will only have a neutral zone activity if their is a surplus of players (ie more than 12 on the team bench) When players arrive after the decision to have the zone or not has been made it is awkward to start it. The zone is concentrating on three things for the time being: 1, Stopping, 2. Skating backwards 3. Shifting weight to the drive foot – to increase power

You might have noticed that we have switched to 4 minute shifts instead of three. This reduces the number of “chaos times” as players move in and out of the bench.

Goalies – The hope is to rotate goalies in the games so everyone can get a chance. If your son has decided to be a goalie then it is critical they arrive extra early so they can get their gear on.

ALL IN ALL I AM THRILLED WITH WHERE THE GAMES ARE GOING – KEEP CHEERING!!..

FIRST Special cudos to teams 7 and 8 who attended the Kraft Hockeyville ball hockey tournament at Mother Teresa Saturday. Sure looked like you had fun. I would like to do a similar event for all the IP6 Timbits. That would require renting some gym time. Let me know if you think it is a good idea.  . 

SECOND Missed you guys Feb 2 – not the same without that skate. Best thing in the world is skating with Timbits!!!! Hope the Jamboree and the fun days you went to that day were great.I loved the medals I saw.Love to hear about their organization so we can steal some ideas.

One idea being considered is to try a full ice.format. I would like players to get a chance to play that orientation since that is what they will do in Novice. I need to balance that with wanting to play multiple games. SEE BELOW:

Karen has  found ice for our year end tournament in April . There are two possibilities:

Saturday April 13th at Splx 1 from 8 to 5 
Sunday April 14th at WBA from 8 to 5.

Option 1 we could take a day and the 5 year old IP1 could take the other OR

 We can split as follows:

Teams 1 to 8 (OUR GROUP)  Saturday 8:00am to 12:00pm  and Teams 11 to 18 12:00pm to 5:00pm then 
Teams 1 to 8 Sunday 1:00 to 5:00pm and Teams 11 to 18 8:00am to 1:00pm

. I voted for the split day  although it appears we only get 8 hours instead of 9 to do the tournament-

Please try to keep these days open.

I hope we can have a tournament and a proper awards presentation and meal for all teams – lots of planning to do. I will let you know asap>