Archive for February, 2014

Focus is on handling the pucks and changing direction

Equipment needed: 3 nets only, Orange buckets, 2 PVC goalies, Tall pylons, Start pylons, medium pylons, Blue pucks, Ringette rings, Pipes and pylons,

WARM UP: (5 minutes)

SKATE WITH THE PUCK. ( Don’t activate the nets! Just let them skate and work on their “moves”)   

ALL IN SKATING DRILL ONE END: Everything with a puck on the stick (10 minutes)
FAST as you can there and back

CHIP and recover the puck there and back

STOP with one foot at every line there and back

LEAVE THE PUCK AT THE RED LINE AND GET IT ON THE WAY BACK there and back twice   THIS IS NEW!

 

DIVIDE THE PLAYERS INTO 6 GROUPS (5 or 6 players per group) only 5 minutes each= 30 minutes!

STATION DRILLS:

  1. ORANGE BUCKET PUSH THROUGH A SLALOM OF TALL PYLONS (One side of  the ice inside the blue line – over the faceoff circle)

Vocab:  “ This is about using your edges to push as hard as you can through the pylons. Don’t lift the bucket off the ice at any time.”

2. NET 1  MOVING PAST A PLAYER USING THE BOARDS (Push net to one side start at blue line)

Bounce puck off the boards to get past a pylon (near the blue line) then move through 2 Tripod obstacles to shoot on the net which has a PVC goalie with no stick

Vocab: “ The boards are like another player on the ice – so make sure they are on your team. Start at the blue line – bounce the puck off the boards around the pylon, go through both tripods and shoot on net. Try to do this as fast as you can . When you come back don’t go through the drill – you get in the next person’s way – come up the side away from the pylon.”

 3. BACWARD SKATING + INTRODUCTION TO MOVING RIGHT AND LEFT  (between blue and ringette line – stopping well before the boards on one side)

Vocab: “We will do two things today: skate backwards and move sideways while skating backwards. Being able to move sideways without slowing down is important. First skate backwards using a  C cut… do you notice at the end of the cut your feet are slowing you down? Is there a way to not slow down?” SHOW THEM SEVERAL WAYS – ULTIMATELY SHOWING THEM THE HALF C AND PUSH” “Now let’s learn to move sideways!

 4. NET 2 – TWO OR THREE ON NONE WITH A SET UP BEHIND THE NET – (set up pipes and pylons to create passing lanes and push net to one side since goalie training will occur in this end)

Vocab: “We will be calling off sides – so remember PUCK IN FIRST. All three (or two) of you go at once. Remember to avoid the obstacles – that means you have to help the player with the puck by giving them someone to pass to. Pass the puck and the last one to get the pass goes behind the net and passes out to one of the players who will set up out front. Score on the area of the net where the PVC goalie isn’t.”  USE AN ACTIVE PVC GOALIE WITHOUT A STICK.

 5. STOP CIRCLE STOP (Between red and ringette lines)

Players each have three pylons and a puck. Pylons are arranged 10 feet apart. They start with the puck on one pylon and skate towards the middle pylon. At the middle pylon  they carry the puck in a circle around the pylon  and continue to the  far pylon where they stop and then repeat coming back.  

Vocab: “This is a puck handling drill NOT A RACE so concentrate on doing it well not quickly. It is sort of like the drill we did at centre ice but in this case you don’t leave the puck behind. STOP FACING THE END OF THE RINK (This means they will stop looking both ways). Remember to lift your back foot when you stop.”

 6.  RINGETTE RING STRAIGHT PYLON SKATE (Down the red line)

Vocab: “ This is the same drill we have done before – one step between each pylon, Do this slowly and concentrate on two things – pushing with one foot and using your stick to pull you around the pylon.”

WRAP UP GAME: DON’T LET IT GET BY YOU  (NEW FOR THEM!)

Instructors on the blue line, players on the ringette lines – wiffle balls start with the players . No one can leave their line or recover any balls that get by them. Game ends when the last ball is missed by either the players or the instructors

Posted: February 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

I get a free email newsletter from this hockey based company. They offer many resources at a cost that some of the parents who are coaches may find useful. As there lead in they usually offer a free idea. Today’s was a list of things to say to encourage hockey players. It of course works for everything. TIMBITS WORKS ON POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT – Enjoy the list and use it!

http://www.americancoachingacademy.com/mvn/c.php?s=Hockey

Do you sometimes feel like you’re sounding like a 
broken record with your hockey players?

If you’re getting a little tired of hearing the same
things come out of your mouth- it’s a safe bet that 
your players are starting to tune you out.

Here’s a list of 23 *new* ways to say “Good Job”
to your team.

1) You’re on the right track now! 
2) You’ve got it made. 
3) You’re really working hard today. 
4) You are very good at that. 
5) I’m proud of the way you worked today. 
6) That’s the best you’ve ever done.
7) I knew you could do it.
8) You are learning fast.
9) Couldn’t have done it better myself.
10) You did it that time!
11) Nothing can stop you now.
12) That’s the way to do it.
13) You’ve got your brain in gear today.
14) That was first class work.
15) That’s better than ever.
16) You must have been practicing.
17) Good job, (person’s name)
18) You outdid yourself today!
19) Good going.
20) Now you have the hang of it.
21) Sensational!
22) That’s the way!
23) Aren’t you proud of yourself?

I’m a big believer in catching kids doing things RIGHT.

It’s way more fun to call out a kid doing something
correctly than one doing something wrong
(for you and the kid).

Practice outline IP2 Saturday Feb 22 Merivale Arena 10 – 3

This was going to be our “Olympics”- we are postponing it for a few weeks so we can do a really good job of it. More details to follow!

Equipment needed:3 nets, Orange buckets,Tall pylons,Start pylons,Blue pucks,Ringette rings,Targets for accurate passing.

WARM UP: (5 minutes)

Skate with pucks with two nets for shots.  Stay inside the red line on one end of the ice opposite to where the goalies are being trained.

ALL IN: Everything with a puck on the stick (10 minutes or less)
Fast as you can there and back

Shovel the puck there and back

Chip and recover the puck there and back

Stop with one foot at every line there and back

Forward backward transitions THEY WILL FIND THIS HARD WITH A PUCK!

DIVIDE THE PLAYERS INTO 6 GROUPS (5 or 6 players per group) only 5 minutes each !

STATIONS:

  1. ORANGE BUCKET PUSH THROUGH A SLALOM OF TALL PYLONS

Vocab:  This is about using your edges to push as hard as you can through the pylons. Don’t lift the bucket off the ice.

2.  NET 1  –  FOUR PUCK RAPID SHOT (2 FOREHAND , 2 BACKHAND)

Vocab: “ In a game you need to be able to shoot the puck quickly. Sometimes you will not have time to spin around to make a shot a forehand. You need to shoot these pucks as quickly and as hard as you can – Shoot the two on one side of the pylon as forehands then skate behind the net and come back out front and shoot the other two as backhands.”

3. TRY NOT TO GET DIZZY CROSS OVER DRILL

Vocab: “Put your stick down and grab the bucket with both hands. I want you to skate around the bucket hanging on and concentrating on crossing your feet over each other as you skate around the bucket. Start slowly and remember to reverse directions. Try it skating backwards. (HARD!!) ”

4. NET 2 – TWO OR THREE ON NONE WITH A SET UP BEHIND THE NET

Vocab: “We will be calling offsides – so remember PUCK IN FIRST. All three (or two) of you go at once. Pass twice so all players touch the puck and the last one to get the pass goes behind the net and passes out to one of the players who will set up out front. Score on the area of the net where the PVC goalie isn’t.”

 5. RINGETTE RING KEEP AWAY

Vocab: “You cannot leave the circle with the ringette ring. There are not enough rings so other players will try to steal them from you. Keep your head up, don’t bump into other players and use your body to protect the ring.”

6. ACCURATE PASSING – TARGET SHOOTING

Vocab: “Accurate passing is very important in hockey. Each of you will have 5 pucks. Try to pass them into the target area. Try to put them in the hole.”

WRAP UP GAME: FREEZE TAG

http://www.cdha.ca/pdfs/Profession/Resources/Mouthguard_Executive_Summary.pdf
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/does-my-son-need-a-mouth-guard-to-play-hockey-1.776297
http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Hockey-Programs/Safety/Concussions/Facts-and-Prevention.aspx
http://www.letsplayhockey.com/online-edition/hockey-doc/810-hockey-doc-the-importance-of-mouth-guards.html
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/mouth-dents-eng.php

MOUTH GUARDS – my opinion

Posted: February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Jan 17 of this year medical experts meeting on concussions and brain related injuries in sport delivered a few surprise announcements. Some of these were reported out of context – so it is important before all your children remove their mouth guards that we take a minute and think about these comments in the context of scientific research. The way I see it there are three important statements that were made:

1. “Mouth guards do not prevent concussions.” This is of course absolutely true. A small piece of plastic could never be expected to PREVENT all concussions or even most of them.

2. “There is no scientific studies that show that mouth guards reduce the severity of concussions.” I spent my whole life in science and it frustrates me that so many people don’t get it correct. This statement doesn’t mean that mouth guards don’t reduce the severity of concussions – it is only a statement about the lack of large group comparative studies. 

3.” Mouth guards reduce the severity of dental or oralfacial injuries due to collisions.” Safe to say everyone gets that one!

So MY two cents worth.

In the spirit of science try this small experiment:

Put a mouth guard in your mouth and jump up and land without bending your knees – a minor collision with the ground.

NOW try it without a mouth guard.

After that EVERYONE WOULD CHOOSE TO WEAR A MOUTH GUARD!

The truth is that Timbits hit the ice both hard and in unexpected ways. In addition they often bump into other players or the boards often with their mouth open – a few of them have been seen laughing during practice (I HOPE!). It makes no sense to leave an  inexpensive piece of equipment with an obvious injury reducing potential out of their equipment bags.Apparently I can not force players to wear their mouth guards based on thiese comments  BUT as head Instructor for the NMHA IP2 Timbits I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL PLAYERS TO WEAR A PROTECTIVE MOUTH GUARD.

I WILL BE PUSHING TO HAVE THE NMHA REQUIRE ALL PLAYERS NEXT YEAR TO HAVE THEM IN AT ALL TIMES.

Guaranteeing a 100% safe environment is impossible. Guaranteeing that safe policies and procedures are followed is simple. Establish and follow safety guidelines, Wear protective equipment. Plan safe activities.Continually monitor all situations for  potential dangers.

I will always try to minimize the potential for any of the Timbits to be injured. As I am sure everyone knows I am kind of fond of them!!

 

Practice outline for Saturday Feb 15 Bell Arena 3-8

Focus: Skating and puck control

Equipment needed:

2 nets, 1 PVC goalie, sliding saucers, pucks, ringette rings, small pylons, martial arts belts

WARM UP: (5 minutes)  

Steal the ringette ring! Inside the blue lines.

ALL IN to centre

Tornado skate MUCH SLOWER THAN USUALLY!!!!!! (both ways around centre circle

Vocab: “ Cross your outer foot over your inner foot.”

ALL IN ( 20 + minutes) (Both teams – end opposite goalie training)

  1. Fast as you can there and back
  2. Backward to forward transitions at every line there and back
  3. ONE FOOT Stop and wave at every line
  4. Two knees at every line there and back
  5. Superman dive at blue lines there and back

ADD PUCKS

Safety note “KEEP YOUR HEAD UP – WATCH FOR OTHER PLAYERS!”

“There are enough pucks for everyone so you don’t need to take one from someone else.”

  1. Push the puck there and back
  2. Chip and chase there and back
  3. Stick handle there and back
  4. Stop at every line there and back

DIVIDE INTO TWO TEAMS (Bring the pucks with them to their side of the ice SPREAD OUT from ringette line to ringette line

NOTE: This drill requires them to be controlled and think about their shots- they should all be shooting ON THE ICE = NO RAISING. This is about control and settling the puck down.

  1. Bounce the puck off the boards from 1 metre away (ALL FOREHAND) – 20 bounces
  2. Bounce the puck off the boards from 1 metre away (ALL BACKHAND) – 20 bounces
  3. Bounce the puck from forehand to backhand and back (this requires them to think about where they shoot) – 20 bounces

FOUR STATIONS 20 + minutes  (approximately 8 players per station)

GOALIE END

  1. Partner pull across the ice using martial arts belts.

(Across ice between red line and blue line)

Step 1 Martial arts belts around the waist pull across ice and back.

Vocab: “Pull hard. Dig your edges in. Make your partner work for it.”

Step 2 Transition to a one arm pull around two pylons

Note this will result in some loss of control as the try to turn while pulling a partner.

Vocab: “ This drill requires both of you to cooperate. Hold on to the belt with one hand. The first player will pull the other one around the two pylons. Then you will switch. When you go around the pylon something weird is going to happen – you my find it hard to get them to follow you around the pylon!” IF TIME INSTRUCTORS MAY WANT TO PULL PLAYERS IN A CIRCLE – they will need to really dig their edges in.

  1. One timer drill (PULL NET AND SET IT UP ON SIDE BOARDS AT THE RINGETTE LINE)

(Instructor at the side of net to player who starts at ringette line at least 5 metres out)

Vocab: “I am going to pass the puck towards the pylon. I want you to skate in and take a shot on net without stopping. Try to shoot the puck as soon as you get it.”

NON GOALIE END

  1. Three player attack ( Start at blue line)

One player skates puck behind the net passes to one of two players out front who then passes to the other player who shoots.

Vocab: “This is a four step drill: First you need to get the puck behind the net. Second you need to get both players in front in a position where the player behind the net can pass to one of you. Third you need to keep your stick on the ice ready to receive the pass. Fourth you need to pass to the other player out front who will shoot on the PVC goalie.”

  1. Stick handle through the 10 smaller pylons (use two lines to avoid bottle necks)

(Across ice between the blue line and red line)

Vocab: “ First let’s look at stick handling and why we do it. We stick handle so we can bring the puck with us when we change direction or to deke out another player. When you stick handle you need to turn your stick to cradle the puck. This means that you have to let the stick twist inside your lower glove. The secret is to let your top hand do the twisting while the lower hand is looser.

NOW FOR THE DRILL – we will do it Four ways. A. First skate with the pylons between your legs. B. Skate to the right of the pylons. C. Skate to the left of the pylons D. Skate between the pylons”

WRAP UP GAME:

Three man saucer push race (one in, two push)  -three laps change each lap.

VOCAB: “ Be careful not to bump into anyone else or bump into the boards.”

HOCKEY OLYMPICS NEXT WEEK!!!!!