For the hockey purists a list of the behaviours (skills) we will work on in IP

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

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


  • 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


  • 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

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