Archive for December, 2013

Practice outline Saturday Dec 28 Bell Arena 3 – 8

Focus areas: I want to continue to work on edge control forwards, backwards, power on the forward push, cross overs and stopping. We will also work on passing in several of the drills… Goalie training continues centred on the faceoff circle or in the corner.

REQUIREMENTS:

4 nets

2 PVC goalies

Wiffle balls

Blue pucks

Ringette rings

10 Tall pylons

10 pylons for start cones (to reduce the cheating up to the first pylon in drills – this is a problem in every hockey practice AND WE NEED TO TRY TO ELIMINATE IT SO THAT PLAYERS START THE DRILLS WITH SPEED!)

6  pipes (4  feet) for obstacles

 

WARM UP: Full ice skate with pucks trying to bounce pucks off the boards – goalies included.

NO SHOOTING ON NETS– put all nets in a tight square at centre ice

 

ALL IN (NO STICKS ) BOTH TEAMS – ONE END

Goalie training at one end so caution – we will stop at the ringette line at that end.

–          Fast as you can there and back

–          Same side one foot push and glide there and back (using the other foot)

–          Forward legs together and apart ONE LENGTH

–          Forward two foot slalom ONE LENGTH (This will be hard for them)

–          Transition forward to backwards at every line ONE LENGTH

–          Stop and wave at every line there and back

–          Fast as you can there and back

 

PLAYERS PICKUP STICKS

 

6 SKILL DRILLS – assuming 36 players /6 = 6 players per station

 

 

 

 

 

NON GOALIE END – Two nets centred on the faceoff circles each with a PVC goalie (no stick)

a)      Move sideways around two obstacles and shoot on PVC goalie in nets centred on the faceoff circles. Note:  Use both nets each with a line of players with three horizontal pipes that force the players to go around them by deking sideways.

Vocab: “Decide which way you are going to deke around the pipe and then shoot on the goalie. Remember to shoot for the holes –  Not at the goalie.

b)      Skating around ringette rings between the blue and red lines (slow it down) working on cross overs both directions

Vocab: “Skate slowly and concentrate on crossing one leg over the other as you go around the ring”

c)       Skate through a straight line of  line of pylons (across ice on the red line)

Vocab: “Skate through the pylons as fast as you can. Try to take one step between the pylons so it will be push with your right foot…push with your left foot”

 

GOALIE END – one net available since goalie training is centred on the faceoff circle

d)      Partner pass and shoot on net (centred on the faceoff circle) with a PVC goalie in it. Two lines of players start at the red line  Vocab: “ Pass back and forth and then shoot on the goalie. Remember to shoot for the holes not at the goalie”

e)      Figure 8 skate around two ringette rings about 6 feet apart between the red and blue lines with a glide around the rings.

Vocab: “Skate around the rings in a figure eight path – glide around the rings. Push once between the pylons…Right foot push, glide, left foot push…glide”

f)       Two  player passing drill bouncing the puck off the boards around an obstacle

Vocab: “ Bounce the puck off the boards around the pylon to your partner. Keep your stick on the ice. Be gentle – make a soft pass.”

 

WRAP UP  4 net scoring using wiffle balls with instructors in net at centre ice.

Goalies work on skating

Merry Christmas to all

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

The “Christmas break” has officially started – a time when we all get some bonus time with our families.IOn behalf of all the IP2 instructors I hope you all have a safe and fun filled holiday.

Three points before the holidays:

1. If during the holidays your family schedule conflicts with your assigned time for a practice then feel free to come at another time. We will manage the “rainbow” of team colours.

2, Public skating is available indoors at many of the arenas and outdoors at Centre Point and the Rink of Dreams downtown.(got to love outdoor rinks with zambonis!!). Take the  opportunity for your whole family to skate and for the Timbits to show off their skills.

For those whop have built their own backyard rinks – you are amazing – your kids are lucky to have you!!!

3. Now that the ODR’s (outdoor rinks).are open it is important that you keep in mind three things: ODR ice really dulls skates so you will need to sharpen skates more frequently….  ODR’s usually have very rough ice (I apologize to those who have perfect ice on their own ODR) so full gear is in my opinion a requirement…..I still remember freezing my ears under a hockey helmet on an ODR – They still swell up to this day when they get cold – helmets don’t fit over toques but they do fit over some of the nylon skull caps that you can buy. Frostbite is a very real possibility – and I ask you to keep it in mind.

 

 

Timbits over the holidays

Posted: December 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Attendance sometimes drops over the holidays as people make travel plans. In order to help you plan below is the schedule of events:

Sat Dec 21   Practice    Merivale                       10 – 3 pm

Mon Dec 23 Games       Bell Sensplex               6:00    13 / 16 and 17/18

                                                                      7:00     9 / 11   and  10/12

Note: the SENS play Dec 23  so traffic may be “interesting”

Fri Dec 27    Games     NSplex 2                      5:30     16 /15  and  15/18

                                                                      6:30     13 /14  and 9/12

Sat Dec 28  Practice    Bell                              3  –  8 pm

Mon Dec 30 Games       Merivale                      6:00     11/ 13 and  10/18

                                                                     7:00     14 / 17  and 15/16

Fri Jan 3        Gamse       WBB                        5:30      9 / 13   and 12/18

                                                                      6:30      11 / 17 and 10/16

Sat Jan 4    Practice      Merivale                      10 – 3

Hopefully your Timbit will not miss too many of these outings.

Don’t forget that during the holidays there are lots of opportunity for family skates – some free of charge – Check the city of Ottawa for up to date schedules.

Once the ODR (outdoor rink) is open players will need their skates sharpened more often.

 

First night of games

Posted: December 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

I wish I had a camera to capture the excitement on the faces of our Timbits. I wish every parent could see their kids excitement as they told me how many goals they scored. For those of you worried about positional play – that will come. For the time being we will focus on “protecting the net” and “taking pucks away and going in to score”.

 

One “problem” that occurred was the similarity in the two red teams (Canadiens and Wings) . I will pass that on to the NMHA for next year’s jerseys. We will live with this this year. It didn’t seem to be a big problem.

Special thanks to the two parents who manned the stop watch. Three minutes of running time once the players were set to go seemed to work well. The other way to do it is just to run a three minute clock. Either way it works.

A small reminder that we will not be declaring winners or posting scores in these games. We call them mini games but in actual fact they are real games with an ice surface that is appropriate for their size.later in the year we will be playing full ice games in our wrap up tournament and perhaps in the last few games.This will require adjustments in the schedule. For you peace of mind we will use the schedule as posted on the NMHA website until early March.

I want to maximize the fun potential of these games. I am a little concerned that being on ice some weeks three times a week may be a little too much. I don’t want players or for that matter their parents to bail because it is too much. This is something that can be discussed. You might have noticed last night that some teams had more players than others. This is typical and even more common when the weather starts to get bad.

The neutral zone will continue to work on basic skating and will be reduced in size as the season progresses. If numbers are really low as they were for one team then they will not use the neutral zone and instead be either on or off the ice.

I was really pleased with our two refs (Josiah and Matt) I thought they let the kids play and did not get in the way. I was pleased  the work in that neutral zone. Players will get lots of practice stopping, starting and using their edges. With 28 players in the neutral zone we can reduce crowding on the bench (14 less players on the bench) and make the player movement into and out of the game much smoother.The key in the neutral zone is to not overwork them so they are too tired to give the game their full effort.

Extra thanks to the two parents who gave the instructors chocolates and Tim’s cards. We used them after the game to have a meeting at Tim’s to talk about some secret special events that are coming……..

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Typo in my posted schedule

Posted: December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Team 11 plays 16 tonight,

Not sure how I did it but I had the wrong team numbers for tonight’s game at Nepean Sportsplex 2 (behind the Sportsplex).

5:30 game is team 9 v 14 and  10 v 15

6:30 game is team 11 v 16  and 12 v 17

Friday at Walter Baker B

5:30 is team 13 v 18 and 9 v 10

6:30 is team 11 v 14  and 12 vs 15

Sorry about the confusion!

The whole Timbit schedule is on the NMHA  website

Focus areas: After last weekend’s success of skating without sticks I want to continue to work on edge control forwards, backwards and stopping. We will also work on passing in several of the drills. With our first games Wednesday and Friday many teams will be on ice three times this week so keeping it upbeat and fun is even more important. Goalie training continues.

REQUIREMENTS:

4 nets

2 PVC goalies

40 balls of different sizes

Blue pucks with mini net carriers (carriers needed for drill)

Ringette rings

10 Tall pylons

10 Medium size pylons for obstacles and start cones (to reduce the cheating up to the first pylon in drills – this is a problem in every hockey practice AND WE NEED TO TRY TO ELIMINATE IT SO THAT PLAYERS START THE DRILLS WITH SPEED!)

3 black PVC pipes ( 3- 6 feet) for obstacles

 

WARM UP: Full ice skate (with sticks) with balls of all different sizes inside the ringette lines (Put out pylons – NO NETS) Instructors should try to steal the balls whenever they can.

 

ALL IN (NO STICKS –COLLECT AT THE GATE) BOTH TEAMS TO ONE END.

Goalie training at one end so caution – we will stop at the ringette line at that end.

–          Fast as you can there and back

–          One foot push and glide there and back

–          Forward legs together apart ONE LENGTH

–          Forward two foot slalom ONE LENGTH

–          Backwards legs together and apart  ONE LENGTH

–          Transition forward to backwards at every line ONE LENGTH

–          Stop and wave at every line there and back

–          Fast as you can there and back

 

PLAYERS PICKUP STICKS

 

6 SKILL DRILLS – assuming 36 players /6 = 6 players per station

NON GOALIE END – two nets available

a)      Move sideways around two obstacles and shoot on PVC goalie in net centred on the faceoff circle. Note:  One line of players with three horizontal pipes that force the players to go around them by deking sideways.

Vocab: “Decide which way you are going to deke around the pipe and then shoot on the goalie. Remember to shoot for the holes –  Not at the goalie.

b)      Forehand 4 puck rapid shot drill coming across the front of the net (skate around the faceoff circle and shoot at the net which is centred on the faceoff circle – NO GOALIE)

Vocab: “ Skate around the faceoff circle and as you pass in front of the net shoot all three pucks at the net using a forehand shot.”

c)       Ringette rings through a straight line of  line of pylons (across ice between blue and red line)

Vocab: “Skate through the pylons as fast as you can. Use your arms to pull yourself around the pylons.”

 

GOALIE END – one net available since goalie training is in the crease area

d)      Cross ice partner pass  (between the blue and red lines) ending in a shot on net with a PVC goalie in it. Two lines of players  Vocab: “ Pass back and forth and then shoot on the goalie. Remember to shoot for the holes not at the goalie”

e)      Mini net scoring (passing accuracy) in one corner

All players go at once with a large supply of pucks. Vocab: “Shoot the pucks into the mini nets as fast as you can.”

f)       Two  player passing drill bouncing the puck off the boards around an obstacle in the other corner of the ice and on the side boards. Vocab: “ Bounce the puck off the boards around the pylon to your partner. Keep your stick on the ice. Be gentle – make a soft pass.”

 

WRAP UP  (if time) Hurricane skate around the centre ice circle both ways.

 

Candy canes for all players – hooked on their cages!