Posted: September 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

For the parents and instructors reading this – Every week I will publish the outline for the practice with its goals, activities and rationale. The hope is that parents will see why we do what we do and instructors will get an advanced explanation so they can be prepared to work with the Timbits.
Practice 1 Sept 20 8 – 12 Merivale Arena IP2 (second year) (about 38 players) teams 1- 8
We will have 8 instructors and hopefully 2 parent reps on ice
50 minutes of ice time – we will clean between the hours

This is our first time with these skaters so getting them safely and confidently on ice will be important. We also will need to check all their equipment but especially skates, sticks, neck guards and mouth guards. Not sure if we have any beginning skaters … we will see!
1.To evaluate the starting point for their skating skills
2.To show them the way a typical practice will be organized and the behaviour and safety issues that need to follow
3.To get them used to the fact that we will be using “different” things on the ice. Although we will only use a few – wiffle balls, tires and ringette rings – MUCH MORE TO COME

WARM UP SKATE with wiffle balls (Hopefully only 5 minutes but that will depend on how quickly we can get them all on the ice). This is the first time for instructors to interact with the players so be upbeat, encouraging and personally engaging.

ALL IN AT CENTRE ICE (5 minutes)
Welcome and introductions
Equipment safety, what to do when they are hurt or tired or upset or thirsty
What to do when they fall and how to get up

ALL IN ONE END (Let’s see them skate!) (15 minutes)
There and back as fast as they can
There and back pushing with one foot
There and back skate to blue – glide on two feet to blue, skate to the end
There and back feet together apart together apart
There and back hop over every line
There and back fall at every line on two knees
There and back as fast as they can

DIVIDE INTO FOUR STATIONS (Rotate 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 to 1 etc) (about 9 – 10 per station)
5 minutes on task – so get organized!!
1.SKATE AND SHOOT (2 nets) two lines of players just outside the faceoff circle on both sides come in on their net and take a one timer. This is more about skating than shooting. It is designed to teach them to skate to the puck and shoot. It is also designed to see if their stick is the right hand – some players are not sure if they shoot right or left. (one instructor and one parent)
VOCAB “Watch the puck, Skate hard to the puck, Don’t wait – just shoot at the net as hard as you can.. then go to the back of the line” Remember these players will all want to shoot a puck in their first practice – so have some fun)
2.TIRE PUSH across the ice between the blue and red lines
Partners – one pushes the tire across the ice with the blade of their stick in the centre (while partner follows) and their partner pushes it back.
VOCAB: “Push hard, Let me hear your skates dig in”
3. BACKWARD SKATING across the ice between the blue and red line
All players can go at once when they start coming back there is the danger of collisions – Be careful!
Teach C cuts and explain why they work.
This is one of the hardest foundational skills to teach so go slowly.
Let players keep their sticks for now – even if they tripod them – moving their feet is the focus for now.
VOCAB: “Skate backwards using a C cut, Go slowly and push hard, Stick your “tail” (NOT BUM!) out a little and keep your head up. Make sure you don’t bump into anyone else’s tail!”
4.RINGETTE RINGS THROUGH THE PYLONS in the area inside the ringette line
This is about finding out if players can turn both sides. Later we will add the fact that their arms help them turn.
Arrange the pylons in a wide serpentine path in four lines (6 pylons per line) This way four players can go at once making three right and three left turns with the ringette ring.
VOCAB: : “Turn your stick over so the butt end is in the ring, I want you to skate as fast as you can going around the pylons. Don’t lose the ring. When you get to the other side wait.”

WRAP UP GAME: (5 minutes) FREEZE TAG Instructors are “it” first and if time the players will be “it”.

TUNNEL UP AND SAY GOODBYE – personal congrats to everyone!


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