Archive for November, 2013

The IP1 instructors have decided to plan their own practice. They all have long histories as players and have certainly improved consistently in the first 9 weeks as a team of instructors. I am looking forward to seeing their plan for our Timbits. 

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Practice Outline IP2 Saturday November 30 Bell Arena 3-8

FOCUS AREAS:

Goalie training will continue with Travis and Dylan

With games coming in three weeks (Dec 18)  I want to work on carrying the puck, passing and shooting

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

Four nets – one for goalie training , three for drills  Two can be set up before the warm up- centred on the faceoff circles.

      One PVC goalie with stick

      2 goalie sticks – teams already have their goalie gear

      Bike tires

      Tall pylons (12)

      Start pylons (8)

      Ringette rings (7)

      Milk crate goalie (3 milk crates and bungee cords)

      Hotdog, hamburger and fries (one set)

WARM UP: (Shorter than normal @ 5 minutes)Both teams (30 + players) to the middle area between the blue lines (pylons on blue lines) random skate with pucks NO NETS but bike tires spread around the neutral zone. It is important that all players keep skating so they can develop their own way to dodge other players.

Goalie training in the crease at one end

QUICK ALL IN SKATE BOTH TEAMS TO CENTRE ICE (pucks to the middle @ 3 minutes)

Hurricane skate around the OUTSIDE of the centre circle one way then the other.

Vocab: “Skate as fast as you can – Try to pass on the outside anyone who is slower than you. Do not bump into anyone.”

SKILL DRILLS  (6 drills – 3 each end @ 6-7 minutes) divide each team in 1/3 = 5 or 6 players per drill – so lots of reps. Instructors this is your time for personal one on one instruction.

ONE END (3 drills)

Two nets centred on the face off circles

1. Net one: Two players going to the net – one goes behind the net and passes to the player out front who shoots. Use a moving PVC goalie that challenges the skater and then slides across the net. Distribute the puck to both lines of players so they can go both ways around the net.

Vocab: “Two of you are going to score on the goalie, One of you take the puck go behind the net and pass it out to your partner who will score , Shoot as quickly as you can before the goalie slides back to block your shot.”

2. Net two: One player going to the net passes to instructor who passes back to the player so they can take a shot on net with a stationary milk crate goalie

Vocab: “Pass the puck to me and I will pass it back to you so you can go in and shoot. Shoot at the holes.”

3. Cross ice between blue and red line – skating (NO PUCKS) through a slalom of 12 tall pylons

Vocab:  “Skate hard and dig your skates in. Try to turn as hard as you can around each pylon.”

 

OTHER END (where the goalies are being trained) 3 drills

4. Face off circle one: Shark Skate inside the circle with ringette rings (one per player).

Players cannot stop or leave the circle.

Vocab: “Just like sharks can’t stop swimming – you cannot stop skating, Keep your head up and do not bump into ANYONE. You cannot leave the circle.”

5. Face off circle two: –Hotdog hamburger and fries passing drill

Vocab: “Call for the pass, Don’t pass unless the person is watching. Think before you pass.  Pass to their stick”

6. Two lines of players about 15 feet apart start at centre ice and skate HARD  (Think race!) to one of two stationary pucks about 5 feet in front of the net) and then shoot ONE TIMER  on the net which is set on the side boards opposite the benches. Run the drill between blue and red line across the ice. This is designed to teach quick starts and getting to the spot on the ice as quickly as possible. It also requires the player to position themselves to shoot. – Not an easy skill for beginning players.

Vocab: “ Each of you has a puck – skate quickly to the puck and shoot it on net without stopping. Try using both a forehand and a back hand. When you come back stay to the outside so you don’t get in the way of other players. Switch lines when you come back.”

 

WRAP UP GAME: SHOOT AND SCORE COOPERATIVE GAME (BY TEAM IN THEIR OWN END)

Set up nets across ice on the face off dots

Start with t pucks in one net then dig them out and shoot all the pucks into the other net then into repeat. Simple game – but it involves getting ALL the pucks one puck at a time and as quickly as possible to the other net and scoring. 

MINI GAME SCHEDULE FOR IP2

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

The mini game schedule is on the NMHA website.

Below is our first few time slots. You will notice that teams do not play every time slot. This is because we have 10 teams and only 4 game times. Mini games are really fun for our Timbits and their fans. In order to make it clear for everyone I thought I would repeat a few of the points I outlined in a previous blog:

Two games will be taking place across the ice on either side of the neutral zone. This means that we will have four teams of up to 18 involved at the same time. This is a lot of players.  1/3 of each team will play a 3 minute shift while the other 2/3 are on the bench.We will change every three minutes so all players will play 5 shifts. Bench reps or their designates will need to be on the bench to move players.

Last year I ran a skill based session between the two games so players are more active. I will be discussing this with bench reps next week. If we go this way then all players would practice for 15 minutes and play for 15 minutes and only sit for 15 minutes.

All teams are expected to dress a goalie. As always I will bring the goalie sticks.

Scores are not kept and there are no winners in the game. Working on the scoring title will have to wait until Novice!

My biggest challenge is getting that many players changed and ready to get on the ice since we only have 2 dressing rooms there will be 36+ players per room. Parents can really help the process by bringing their Timbits dressed ( except for helmet and skates).

Attendance often drops a little because of holiday travel plans. This means more ice for the players who can make it. Let your bench reps know if you will not be able to attend a game or practice. A special note-  the night we are at the BELLSENSPLEX there is a SENS home game at the CT centre  so driving to the games will take a little longer.

IF YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING THIS BLOG – YOU SHOULD BE SINCE IT CONTAINS LOTS OF INFORMATION ON WHAT WE ARE DOING IN IP2 THIS  SEASON.

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Call for photographs

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

I would like to add some pictures to the blog so I am asking for contributions:

1. Pictures of your Timbit playing mini sticks or ball hockey or street hockey

2. Pictures of your Timbit on your backyard rink (yes I know it is early!)

3. Pictures of your Timbits cheering on their favourite NHL team

4. Pictures of your Timbit on ice at the practices

Photographs can only go on the blog if parents approve it and no names are used. 

Without question – on a personal note: The best times I ever spent with my three sons was playing mini sticks in the family room along with the dog – who was an amazing goaltender!

I am still planning a ball hockey and or mini stick activity for the Timbits – I will let you know when I have more details.

Hockey Canada guidelines are very clear for the Initiation program – They hinge on two points : Learning should be arrived at through play using more than just traditional hockey props AND individual basic skill development should be the primary focus. This is the list I use when planning the practices.All the activities in the practices are designed to help our Timbits learn one or more of these while “learning through play”.  For the hockey purists this list is more practical since it defines the skills that are being focused on. You will notice most of the emphasis is on skating…

POP QUIZ:       “What are the three most important things in hockey?”

ANSWER: “Skating… Skating… and Skating!”

Hockey players are assigned to levels AAA, AA, A, B or C mainly based on their skating ability. The greatest assistance you can offer to your Timbit or any other hockey player is the opportunity to SKATE either whether it is during public skating sessions, on the ODR (outdoor rink) or the canal or even better your own backyard rink. This requirement to develop skating is why it is super important that Timbits do not miss any practices. If ever you are late for a practice or can’t make it at the assigned time then come when you can. It is important that Timbits skate every week. For those that want even more there are many skating schools that offer programs – although you may find fewer of them offer things for Timbits. Hopefully I will see you at public skating.

Skills to work on in IP 

Stance (stable, head up and alert, tip point front, back and side)

  • Forwards
  • Backwards
  • Skating forwards
  • Skating backwards
  • Skating with a puck (push forward, drag back)
  • Stick handling in place
  • Stick handling in motion

Balance

  • One foot stork
  • Stationary walk forwards and back
  • Two foot glide
  • One foot push and glide both right and left feet
  • One foot glide in squat position foot out both right and left feet
  • Alternate foot lift skate
  • Alternate one foot lift over obstacle
  • Tips of toes run
  • Moving one foot hop (land on opposite foot)
  • Moving two foot hop
  • Backward glide on one foot with push
  • Backward glide on two feet with push
  • Lateral slide step  no crossover
  • Lateral step with backward crossover
  • Lateral step with frontward crossover
  • Lateral step front and back crossover (carioca)
  • Forward to backwards transition (spin right and left)
  • Recovery from lateral push

Falling and getting up (first part of agility)

  • One knee touch
  • One knee touch (alternating knee)
  • Knee, butt, knee
  • Fall to two knees
  • Superman dive
  • Falling forward, backwards and to the side safely in open ice
  • Reducing risk when going into boards (standing up)
  • Reducing risk when going into boards (on back)

Forward skating (with or without puck)

  • T start
  • 3 quick steps for a start
  • Long stride (with edges cutting)
  • Power
  • Skating to a spot on the ice
  • Changing direction with a hard push both sides
  • Weave through straight line of pylons
  • Pylon cuts through two lines of pylons
  • Tight turns around pylons or tires – expanding to figure eight
  • Wrap around turn behind the net
  • Avoidance swerve – both directions in open ice
  • Pivot right and left while protecting the puck on the boards
  • Skating in confined spaces
  • Avoiding contact

Backward skating

  • C cuts both sides
  • Lateral movement using C cuts
  • Backward crossovers right and left to change direction
  • Backward crossover to gain speed
  • Using the stick to control opposing players while skating backwards
  • Backward to forward transition

Stopping 

  • V stop forwards
  • V stop backwards
  • One foot stop inside foot
  • Two foot stop legs together
  • Two foot stop legs apart
  • Stop coupled with reversal of direction

Shooting (strength, accuracy, decision making)

  • Sweep shot
  • Flip shot
  • Wrist shot
  • Slap shot one timer
  • Slap shot
  • Deflection forehand
  • Backhand sweep shot
  • Backhand
  • Deflection backhand
  • Wrap around
  • Scoring – recognizing where and when to shoot on the goalie

Passing (power, control, accuracy, timing, decision making)

  • Forehand
  • Slap pass forehand
  • Saucer
  • Backhand
  • Foot pass
  • Drop pass
  • Give and go pass
  • Bringing the puck from the feet to the stick for a shot or pass
  • Off the boards forehand and backhand to themselves or to another player
  •  Identifying the open player in time and space
  • Receiving a pass forehand and backhand from both sides, behind and in front
  • Getting into the open to receive a pass
  • Controlling the puck on the boards
  • Taking the puck from another player in open ice
  • Taking the puck from another player on the boards

The following is a set of individual skills that Timbits will be working on developing  in both IP1 and IP2. This list takes the more general skill areas presented in the previous blog and defines the key skills players will need in later years of hockey. Every single hockey player will find one thing that they will struggle with to develop. The real key to success is to never stop trying to improve those areas we find hard. This doesn’t mean that players should stress over things they can’t get right away – that is why they call it practice.

Individual skills in IP hockey for IP1

Note: Some players in IP1 will already be working on those skills in IP2.

Balance

Agility

How to fall

How to get up

Stance forward

Stance backwards

T push

Gliding one foot

Gliding two feet

Scooting

Glide turns

Inside edge control

Stopping v stop

Stopping one foot both directions

Stopping two feet both directions

Moving sideways

Forward striding

Walking backwards

Gliding Backwards

C cuts

V stop

Puck handling stance

Stationary puck handling

Skating with puck

Weaving with puck

Open ice carry

Starting with a puck

Stopping with a puck Forehand sweep pass

Backhand sweep pass

Skating and passing

Forehand sweep shot

Backhand sweep shot

Scooting in circles

Crossover pumping

Reversing direction and T stop

Backward gliding one skate

Backward one foot stop and T push

Backward push and glide

Pivot backwards to forwards

Pivot forwards to backwards

Tight turns

 

 

 

 

 

 

Individual skills in IP hockey for IP2

Note: Some players will need to work on certain skills in the IP1 list

Stance

Gliding one foot

Gliding two feet

T push

Edge control

Push and glide

Two foot stop

Scooting

Glide turns

Inside edge control

Stopping v stop

Stopping one foot both directions

Stopping two feet both directions

Moving sideways

Forward striding

Walking backwards

Gliding Backwards

Glide turns

C cuts

V stop

Puck handling stance

Stationary puck handling

Skating with puck

Weaving with puck

Open ice carry

Starting with a puck

Stopping with a puck

Forehand sweep pass

Backhand sweep pass

Skating and passing

Forehand sweep shot

Backhand sweep shot

Use of feet in puck handling

Crossovers

Forehand pass receive

Reversing direction and T stop

Backward gliding one skate

Backward one foot stop and T push

Backward push and glide

Pivot backwards to forwards

Pivot forwards to backwards

Skating and passing

Flip shot

Skating fake