Archive for December, 2014

I have been really pleased with the player and instructor development in both IP1 and IP2. We are not quite half way in the program and I am seeing huge improvements.

Two things I spoke about in the initial fall parent’s meeting was holding a ball hockey (or mini stick)  tournament and going as a group to a Nepean Raiders Junior game at the Nepean Sportsplex.

I will be asking for team input on whether they might be interested in these outings. I will get tentative prices and dates this week and should be ready for Saturday.

Hopefully will will have all our Timbits back from their holidays.

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Timbits are Rock Stars!

Posted: December 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Before I begin to describe the Timbits i want to thank the parents and players for their gifts. ….especially the hot chocolate and Timbits for the instructors. It is my overwhelming pleasure to work with these players. My face hurts at the end of every Saturday because I have been sling and laughing all day. I do miss having a couple of hockey teams but your kids have convinced me that I will be Timbits lifer! I am already working on next year.

As we wrap up 2014 I have to thank the instructors, on ice parent reps – your work with these Timbits has been amazing and has been the reason that our Timbits have shown such a  HUGE improvement.

I was absolutely blown away by how well they skated this weekend.  I know how much sweat I produced trying to get away from them in Freeze tag. My muscles are more than  a little sore this morning(OK  a lot sore and I needed to use  muscle roller but that is too much information!).   Timbits are rock stars!!

We are almost half way in the development. Moving on IP1 will continue to work on stopping, skating backwards, skating with power and handling the puck. IP2 will begin to spend more time playing “against one an other” in more hockey related situations as well as learning the rules that they will be expected to know in Novice. They will of course still be working hard on their skating especially their edge control with and without a puck.

Have a wonderful Christmas break with your families.Many of the arenas will have FREE family skates. They are a great way to help your Timbits continue to love to skate – you might see me there.

Next practice is Saturday Dec 27 …. when everyone will work off those extra helpings of turkey…dessert or candy.

Next mini games are Tuesday Dec 30 at BELL ARENA at 6 and 7…(no time error here !

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PICTURES ANYONE?

Posted: December 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Every week I see parents snapping (OK cameras don’y really snap anymore – they capture) pictures. I was thinking that we should have the “picture of the Week” in the blog to add some more interest. SO…if you have any pictures of the players or instructors then please feel free to send them to me either at my email (david.vesey@gmail.com)or as a comment to the blog.

IP2 Practice outline Saturday Dec 20, 2014 Bell Arena 3-7

Attendance may be a little smaller and we are down to 5 instructors + on ice parents so we are going to change things up a little.

WARM UP: Bounce pucks off tires

Description: Just like it says…. 10 car tires on ice – players bounce puck off one and recover it and go to the next tire… think golf!

ALL IN: NO STICKS

Fast as you can

Apart together

One foot balance

Animal sequence, horse giraffe, frog, dog, bird

Stop at every line  TWICE

Transition at every line

Superman dive

ONE team fast as you can to the other line  BRING STICKS

EACH TEAM AT THEIR OWN END

Split team in half to form two lines WITH STICKS Have to each station

Suggestion: Do two lines for both stations so there is less standing around.

  1. Oval skate around two tires … then reverse direction EDGES, USE STICK TO PULL THEMSELVES AROUND THE PYLONS
  2. Straight line pylon skate ONE FOOT PUSH, USE STICK TO PULL THEMSELVES AROUND THE PYLONS
  3. Backward skating

WRAP UP GAME: Freeze tag

Candy canes for all players – On their cages NOT in their hands!

\Merry Christmas is OK to say to everyone – it is the spirit that counts

IP1 Practice outline Sat Dec 20, 2014 Merivale Arena 8 – 1

Attendance may be a little lower due to the holidays. We have 11 instructors SO I want to maximize one on one contact.

Warm up: Skate with balls of all sizes

ALL IN (Shorter)  No sticks

Fast as you can

Lift one leg at every line

Flap your wings

Hop every line

Drop to two knees at every line

Stop at every line

Stations: ( 2 instructors per station with 6 players or less).

Once at your station I want to take 5 minutes to work on stopping (forwards and backwards ) then we will start the stations. SUPER IMPORTANT THAT THEY GET THIS!! NO STICKS – Emphasis is on “Bum stops you – silly but the fastest way to get them there)

  1. Basketball with two nets being moved by instructors

Location: One faceoff circle

Focus: Pivot , balance

  1. Bounce

Location : One faceoff circle against the boards

Bounce the pucks off the boards using forehand AND BACKHAND

Focus: Balance, control, strong shots and use of the backhand

  1. JUST SCORE

Description : Pile of pucks at centre ice. Nets set up against the boards one on either side of the red line. Players pick up a puck and skate in to score on the net then come back to get another puck as fast as they can- One net could be backhand net and on could be forehand net.

Location :Neutral zone

Focus: Skating with a puck, shooting

  1. Backward skating down the conduit track

Description: Two tracks of conduit with 90 degree corners. Player skate backwards down the track,

Location: Focus C cuts, head up, pivot to turn right or left.

GAME: TBD – Based on time

IP1 Practice outline December 13, 2014 Bell Arena 3-8

Warm up: Skate with pucks

ALL IN  (NO STICKS)

Stretch skate (New)

Fast as you can

Together apart

Flap your wings

Airplane two foot glide with feet together from blue line to blue line on one foot

Full stop…. drop  and then get up at every line

Superman dive (at centre line only)

Fast as you can

GAME – Freeze tag

STATIONS:

  1. Receive a pass and shoot on net. TWO NETS needed  so there is no delay (If it works we can borrow from the IP2 drill and call the type of shot as well )
  2. Cross ice partner pass through gaps in orange buckets with a switch sides and back another set of orange buckets
  3. Straight line large pylon skate emphasizing the push

Backward skating THIS IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT THAT WE NEED TO FOCUS ON

IP2 Practice outline Saturday Dec 13    9 – 1 Merivale Arena

WARM UP – skate with pucks

ALL IN NO PUCKS

Fast as you can

One knee touch at every line

Together apart

One foot glide

Two foot glide feet together

Stop at every line

Backward forward transition

ALL IN (with pucks)

Snow plow

Stick handle

Chip and go

Stop at every line

Spread out around the rink on the two side boards and practice bouncing the puck forehand to backhand and return

GAME: Try to shoot the puck past the instructors – layers on red line – instructors on blue line

STATIONS:

  1. Receive pass from instructor and go in to score with the type of shot chosen by the instructor from forehand , backhand, wrap around,
  2. Straight line pylon skate with tall pylons carrying a ringette ring
  3. Full cross ice partner passing through line of orange buckets ending with a shot on net
  4. Backward skating around the circles in both directions – Cross overs???

GOALIE TRAINING WILL BE ON ITS OWN SCHEDULE AFTER THE WARM UP SKATE.