Archive for January, 2014

We have had lots of activity on the ice with a very small number of players who get hurt. In almost all cases they are fine after they are checked and are given time to collect themselves. For all sessions (both Practice and games) I will serve as the trainer on ice. next year in Novice division (for those moving up) one parent will take on that job. It is a really important way to help your child and does not require you to be hockey player.Teams without trainers can not have players on ice. Becoming a trainer requires a very short course and is well worth it.

There are three major things that I monitor closely when it comes to safety:

1. Players fingers being injured because their gloves are off (both on and off the ice). This is especially true when a player is getting dressed or undressed as a goalie and is lying down. The solution is simple – they should keep their gloves on and players should never be allowed to walk around the change room in skates.

2. The ends of player sticks going through the protective cage. This has a simple solution – ALL sticks should be taped with a knob at the end so they can not pass through the cage.

3. Collision between players. Most hockey for our players as they move up through the divisions is called non contact. That is an unfortunate name since it suggests that players will not have contact with each other. It should have been called NON CHECKING – contact will 100% happen at some time – either due to a fall, an accidental collision or a penalty situation due to someone making a bad decision. In practice and games we try to minimize the potential for collisions while at the same time teaching players that they must learn to avoid each other while moving and be aware of what is happening around them.

All of these situations are made better if we make sure all our players:- have their mouth guards in, their neck guards on and their helmets fitted correctly and done up.

Please take a minute or two to remind your Timbit of this focus on safety.

 

As I am sure everyone knows we have no ice Saturday. The weather looks amazing. I personally will be on the canal enjoying Winterlude …Feel free to say hello and buy me a Beaver tail (Just kidding!). Enjoy the Timbits Jamboree Sunday. Timbits on the big ice = very cool!

IP2 Practice Outline Saturday Jan 25 Bell Arena 3-8

Focus area: The last two practices we have divided the players up into three groups based on their overall skating and worked on activities designed to improve different aspects of skating based on their current skill level. We did not spend as much time with pucks as we normally do and spent no time on anything to do with shooting. The direction we will be taking for the next few practices is probably obvious. We will focus on skating with a puck, passing and shooting.

 

Equipment requirements:

3 Standard nets (1 for goalie training, 2 at other end)

2 PVC goalies

12 Tall pylons

20 Ringette rings

30 Bike tires

Pucks

4 Large tires

 

WARM UP (5 minutes): Skate with pucks inside the ringette lines. Must bounce it off the tires when they go by them

 

ALL IN (20 + minutes)

Go to centre button

Tornado skate 5 times around circle STOP switch direction

 

Spread out players on the side board on one side from ringette line to ringette line  – team does not matter

  1. Fast as you can across the ice NO PUCKS
  2. Fast as you can across the ice and back pushing the puck with a stop at the boards and return
  3. Stick handle across the ice and back with a stop at the boards and return
  4. Skate across the ice and bounce the puck off the boards and return

Each team on their own side of the rink (spread out from ringette to ringette line)

Activity 1  Pivot with a puck both ways around an object placed 3 feet out from the boards (use ringette rings as the obstacle)

Vocab: “Let your stick do most of the work, Tilt your stick so the puck stays on it”

Activity 2 Stick handle inside a bike tire

Vocab: “ Go slowly and move the puck around inside the tire. For now keep your eyes on the puck.    SWITCH SIDES SO THEY CAN DO BOTH DRILLS

4 Stations ( 5 minutes each)

  1. Ringette ring drop (sort of based on our tap, tap, tap, go drill) Between the blue line and ringette line in the goalie training end

Players partner up behind their own tires which are on the ringette line and the blue line. Rings start on one tire. Player 1 skates to the opposite tire but in the middle they are met by their partner (player 2) who takes the ring from them as they drop it off and both continue to the other tires going around them and exchanging again in the middle. Eventually we will do this with pucks but for now rings work better.

 Vocab: “Keep your head up, look at the person you are passing to.”

2. Stick handle through 6 tall pylons  (Use two lines of pylons to avoid lineups and the pylons should be arranged on either side of the red line in groups of three  ie space to gain speed 3 pylons, gain speed, three pylons and return. Leave room for the next drill at the opposite end of the red line. Vocab: “Tilt your stick so you don’t lose it as you move around the pylons”

3.OFFSIDES! Players go in as a group of two starting at the red line and going in to shoot on net which is off to the side. While this will involve passing and shooting it is really about offsides.

Vocab: “PUCK IN FIRST” is the simple way to teach offsides. Novice coaches will love you if you get them to clearly understand this concept!!!

4. Passing and eventually shoot on net.  Instructors are the active quarterback “partners” who skate with them as a pair  telling players where and  which shot to take.

Vocab: “Listen to me – together we are going to score on this guy. “

 

FINAL GAME  “Bet you can’t get the puck past me!

 Players line up on the blue line and try to shoot the pucks past the instructors who are on the red line. Instructors when they stop the puck slowly send it back to them. No rewards for getting it past them!!

Two of our Timbit dads are putting together a spring hockey team for graduating Timbits and are looking for someone who wants to be their goalie. I promised them I would pass on this information through the blog in case there was some Timbit who was totally in love with those goalie pads and wanted more. They will give you more information about the time commitment when you let them know of your interest. As you know my idea in supplying pads was that every player who wanted to could try out the position. There is not supposed to be a dedicated player who is always the goalie. If you are interested let me know at practice or at the mini games and I will pass on their contact information to you.

IP2 Practice Outline  Saturday Jan 18, 2014 Merivale Arena 10 – 3

Focus:

This practice is the 15 th of 28 and is for the most part the same as last week’s with players divided into three groups with their own set of dedicated instructors and their own specific activities geared to the next stage of their development. Some activities have been modified from last week to allow more time to focus.

 

WARM UP: 8 minutes MAXIMUM

Steal the ring (in one end inside the blue line)

20 Ringette rings and 35+ players = lift the stick and steal it from your friend!

 

ALL IN: 10 minutes   (one end – STOP AT RINGETTE LINE – since the goalies will be at one end)

Fast as you can there and back

Two knees every line there and back

One knee on every line (right knee one way and left knee coming back)

Superman dive at the red line there and back

One foot push there and back

Elongated stride there and back in slow motion

Stop at every line and wave there and back

Fast as you can there and back

 

NOTE: Some players were absent last week so they will need to be identified and placed in their group based on their skating.

 

GROUP 1 (the number in this group is dependent on who is there)

Leo, Derek and Adam- This group is likely to be very strong so don’t stay on one drill too long.

I expect lots of one on one instruction on not only what to do but WHY you do it!

Activities:

 Slow circle skate – concentrating on keeping the front skate on the line and crossing the other skate over. Do both ways.

Backward skating with power VERY IMPORTANT THEY WORK ON THIS

Backward crossovers VERY IMPORTANT THEY TRY THESE

Slowly skating with a puck in a figure eight around two pylons

HARD Stop (two feet – both ways)

 

 

GROUP 2 (the number in this group is dependent on who is there)

GROUP 2 (PUCKS NEEDED)

Matt Kl, Josiah, DYLAN (from the goalie drills) will work with the middle group in the area between the blue lines – working across the ice. These players need lots of individual attention so they develop good habits.

5 Activities:

Skate across the ice and bounce the puck off the board recover it and return

Stick handle slowly through a series of pylons in a straight line- speed is not important

Stopping (both sides) with a puck

Backward skating dragging a puck

Figure eight skate around two pylons without a puck

 

GROUP 3 (the number in this group is dependent on who is there)

 

David, Connor and Matt King (Matt may move to the centre area to help based on numbers) . “New skaters” will work inside the blue line. They need the most help with generating power, stopping, edge control on turns and backward skating

 

 Activities: NO PUCKS NEEDED

Push the large balls across the ice through a set of tall pylons in a slalom pattern.

Partner saucer push

Oval skate and “glide around the pylon”

Figure 8 skate around two bike tires

Skating backwards

Stopping

 

WRAP UP GAME (5 minutes) DODGE BALL

Instructors are it. ROLLING – large exercise balls

Hit once = kneel down …if ball touches them again they are freed

Should we compete?

Posted: January 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the facts of life our children all learn is that sometimes they win and sometimes they lose.There are enough books written on how we should introduce this concept to children to fill a library. Every parent has there own opinion and their own style. The Timbit approach is clearly outlined by Hockey Canada in its Initiation program. There are to be no winners and the focus should be on developing not only hockey skills but the more important “softer skills” – sportsmanship, team play and most important of all – a life long love of the game of hockey. That guideline doesn’t mean that competition is a bad thing or that it should be avoided.

The chance of one of our 2014 Timbits making the NHL like Sydney Crosby – (the Timbit poster boy) is very small… but that doesn’t mean that our players can’t aspire to that. In fact at this age they should be conflicted as to whether they want to be an astronaut, a rock star, a super hero or a sports star. The ticket to stardom is actually pretty simple – strive to be better tomorrow than you are today.That is what competition should be all about. We compete not to win but to push ourselves to be better by competing with those around us… and with ourselves. I have coached for a long time and from my viewpoint from behind the bench it appears that players are more disappointed in not playing as well as they know they can than in “suffering a loss”. Our NHL and Junior hockey stars obviously have great skill – some of it comes from their natural talent but the overwhelming factor that has lead to their success is dedication to their craft. Developing into a good hockey player requires hundreds if not thousands of hours of practice. Very few people are willing to practice this much, usually because they have other things in their lives that require their time. Sadly the other reason people stop practicing a skill is that they find it “too hard” since they are “not very good at it”. Everyone can learn to skate and play hockey and their skill development will continue to advance as long as they continue to strive to be better tomorrow than they are today.This is my message to each and every Timbit. If you were on ice you would hear me tell them: “You aren’t born knowing this – just practice and you will get better.”… and they have and will continue to improve as long as they try to be better tomorrow than they are today. See you at practice!

 

IP2 Practice Outline  Saturday Jan 11, 2014 Bell Arena 3-8

Focus:

This practice is the 14 th of 28 assigned for the season. Taking neutral zone development during games, we are less than half way in our time for player development. It is easy to slip into just repeating what we have done so far. If the Timbits are to continue to develop we need to continue our “program of development” and start increasing the challenges in the practice. We have been really concentrating in both our practices and the neutral zone area during games on edge control and lengthening and adding power to their stride. We need to continue this since skating is the most important skill we can teach. We also have been working on handling the puck and shooting on net. We have not concentrated on stopping, pivoting, cross overs, skating backwards or transitioning between forward and backwards. These are the next set of skills we need to address. As always, the key to success is to teach and develop these skills through participation in a fun activity. These do not have to be games.

 

WARM UP: 7 minutes

Steal the ring (in one end inside the blue line)

20 Ringette rings and 35+ players = lift the stick and steal it from your friend!

 

ALL IN: 7 minutes   (one end – STOP AT RINGETTE LINE – since the goalies will be at one end)

Fast as you can there and back

Two knees every line there and back

One knee on every line (right knee one way and left knee coming back)

One foot push there and back

Stop at every line there and back

Fast as you can there and back

NEW! WE ARE GOING TO DIVIDE OUR GROUP INTO THREE “CURRENT SKILL” GROUPS FOR THIS PRACTICE – 1/3 OF THE PLAYERS IN EACH GROUP (SORT OF) AND THEY WILL STAY WITH THEIR INSTRUCTORS FOR 35 MINUTES – until our wrap up game of dodge ball.

I EXPECT INSTRUCTORS TO WORK WTH INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS AND POINT OUT EXCATLY WHAT THEY NEED TO IMPROVE ON.

GROUP 1

Leo, Derek and Adam Identify the top 1/3 (7 – 9) players based on skating and take them to the goalie end to one circle. You will have the area up to the blue line and perhaps a little past. This group is likely to be very strong so don’t stay on one drill too long.

Activities:

 Slow circle skate – concentrating on keeping the front skate on the line and crossing the other skate over. Do both ways.

Figure eight drill around two pylons both ways

Slowly skating with a puck around two pylons

Stick handling with the puck through a straight line of pylons

Stopping (two feet – both ways)

Backward skating

Backward crossovers

 

GROUP 2 (the number in this group is dependent on who is there)

David, Connor and Matt King.  Identify any “new skaters who are falling behind” and take them to the circle at the non goalie end. We will work with them inside the blue line. We need to identify which skills they need the most help in at this time.

6 Activities: NO PUCKS NEEDED

Push the large balls across the ice through a set of tall pylons in a slalom pattern.

Partner crate push (partner sits in the milk crate)

Ringette rings inside a circle

Oval skate and “glide around the pylon”  

Skating backwards

Stopping

 

GROUP 3 (PUCKS NEEDED)

Matt Kl, Josiah, Chad will work with the middle group in the area between the blue lines – working across the ice. These players need lots of individual attention so they develop good habits.

6 Activities:

Skate across the ice with a puck on their stick and stop before the boards (repeat)

Skate across the ice and bounce the puck off the board recover it and return (repeat)

Stick handle slowly through a series of pylons in a straight line- speed is not important

Stopping (both sides)

Backward skating with power

Figure eight skate around two pylons 

WRAP UP GAME: Dodge ball inside the blue lines – Ball rolled NOT THROWN!!!  – if it hits a person they sit down. If the ball hits someone sitting down (including them reaching for it) they are free.