Archive for September, 2016

 

Now that we have seen our entry level Timbits skate it is obvious that there is a wide range of skating ability. The “orange buckets” really progressed over the course of the first practice. I know that parents want their players to be off buckets BUT getting off the bucket before they learn to “open their hips” and push sideways will slow their progress.

Orange Buckets will be in one end from the beginning of the practice.

Mark off the orange bucket area with pylons across the blue line

NOTE: Remind parents to move to that end of the arena

Goals:

  1. FUN, UPBEAT AND EXCITING….  and no frustration
  2. Listening to the explanation
  3. Balance
  4. Pushing hard and to the side

Drills: NO DRILL LONGER THAN 4 MINUTES

  1. Free skate as a warm up
  2. Simon says – lift, hop, frontwards, backwards, sideways etc
  3. Circle Skate both directions
  4. Wave drill – Skate and stop on command (red and green objects)
  5. Bumper buckets
  6. Push the individual soccer ball
  7. Coloured wiffle ball retrieval
  8. Wave drill – push the bucket away then skate to it.
  9. Hockey game with pond hockey nets

Closing – Remind them how far they have come in just two practices!!!

Practice outline for the skaters who are working without buckets

Warm up skate:  Skate with wiffle balls

ALL IN – ONLY ½ ice since orange buckets are at the other end

  1. Fast as you can x 2
  2. One foot push
  3. Skate and glide on two feet
  4. Skate and glide on one foot
  5. Step over every line
  6. Hop every line

REDBULL RACE  – Mass start oval skate with 5 or 6 “gates” or  dive through stations

STATIONS:

  1. 2 person Tire tug

Players hold on to a bike tire with one hand and pull each other.

  1. Small motorcycle tire pull with ropes around the waist

Use martial arts belts and make sure the belt does not slip down around their knees

  1. One foot push through TALL pylons

The emphasis is on their push with alternating feet

  1. Shooting on the net

The emphasis is on making sure they shoot with the correct hand…many will not know which they want to use and some will have sticks the wrong way.. This is also a chance to teach them how to shoot and transfer weight. They can try both forehand and backhand.

WRAP UP – Mini games with pucks (2 or 3)  and 4 nets

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IP2 Practice Outline Saturday Sept 24, 2016  Bell Arena 3-7

Today is our first official practice with IP2. Most BUT NOT ALL players will be returning after a year in IP1

FIRST GOAL: EVERYONE has fun – players, parents and instructors and wants to come back next week.

SECOND GOAL: SAFETY – neck guards, mouth guards, knob on the sticks and falling, lost gloves, stopping and three hit attention call

THIRD GOAL: EQUIPMENT CHECK Helmets, gloves, elbow pads, pants, skates, stick tape, length and direction

FOURTH GOAL: PRE-SESSION ASSESSMENT OF OVERALL SKATING SKILLS

WARM UP – Skate with pucks

WELCOME – (centre ice) –  introductions , “game plan”  and safety concerns

Fall and get up using their sticks

TAKE STICKS AND VERIFY TAPE ENDS

ALL IN ONE END –

Skate two lengths of the ice (there and back)

One… two … one … two

One, two, three, four … Glide

One foot push to centre line stop other foot to the other end

Fall at every line (one length)

Stop at every line (one length)

4 Stations: (5 minutes each – 8 players?)

  1. Tall pylon alternating leg push
  2. Take a pass and then shoot (2 nets)
  3. Ringette ring keep away
  4. Backward skating with a snow plow stop

Game: Freeze Tag

IP1 Practice Outline Saturday Sept 24, 2016  Merivale Arena 9 – 1

Today is our first official practice with IP1. Based on the “free skate” two weeks ago at least 10 players of the 36 on ice will be on orange buckets. Some players will not have made that first skate so they will be “rookies” and may be scared. Keep an eye out for tears .

FIRST GOAL: EVERYONE has fun – players, parents and instructors and wants to come back next week.

SECOND GOAL: SAFETY – neck guards, mouth guards, knob on the sticks and falling, lost gloves, stopping and three hit attention call

THIRD GOAL: EQUIPMENT CHECK Helmets, gloves, elbow pads, pants, skates, stick tape, length and direction

FOURTH GOAL: PRE-SESSION ASSESSMENT OF OVERALL SKATING SKILLS

Getting on the ice will require three instructors  ENGAGE

Orange buckets to one end with three instructors ENGAGE

Skating in the area away from the door with three – six more instructors ENGAGE!!

WELCOME – (centre ice) –  introductions , “game plan”  and safety concerns

Fall and get up using their sticks

TAKE STICKS AND TAPE ENDS

ALL IN ONE END – ORANGE BUCKETS ON ONE END OF THE LINE

Skate two lengths of the ice (there and back)

One, two, three, four … Glide

One foot push to centre line stop other foot back

Step over every line (one length)

3 STATIONS:  + Orange buckets will go to one end for their own activities

  1. Plunger ball pick up

Players use plungers to pick up the wiffle balls and place them in the box

  1. Large Ball push

Players push large balls through the tall pylons

  1. Oval Skate

Players skate an oval around the pylons with a glide around each pylon. Switch directions rather than a figure 8 course.

Two games … ½ team to each end

  1. Freeze Tag
  2. Wiffle ball hockey

The IP (Initiation Program) is usually two years IP1’s are beginning skaters and IP2’s are more developed in their skating. Within both levels there is a significant range. That is why we have an instructor to player ratio of approximately 1:4

When players first learn to skate there is a natural tendency for parents to want them to stay balanced and not fall. The result is something resembling a penguin walk. This is great for their confidence but a large hurdle to their learning to skate.When someone skates they are not balanced – in fact they are always falling either forward or slightly backwards. They constantly adjust using the opposite foot. This is the same idea when we walk or run.

In order to skate players need to learn three things:

  • to bend their knees
  • to open their hips
  •  to push hard at a diagonal

The solution is the “orange bucket”. Beginning skaters will start with these. Some skaters are on them for only a few weeks while others will take a little more time. ALL skaters will use these buckets at some time during the year since they have the effect of allowing players to “find their edges”.  A large part of IP is doing exactly that – finding the limit of their edges as they change direction.

NOTE: If you are taking your beginning skater to public skating or to the canal. 2 or 3 orange buckets are the best skating aid you can find. They are better than any commercial device. They also are a place for shoes and snacks!

 

 

The purpose of this blog is primarily  to communicate with parents and instructors the format of our practices. Timbit practices are based on the principle of “Learn through play”. Our players are very young (from 4- 6). Children that age  learn best in a positive and stimulating environment where they don’t do the same thing for longer than 5 or 6 minutes.

Karen Russel is your director and is the person you contact for administrative questions. Her contact information is on the NMHA website.

I (David Vesey) am  in charge of our 30 instructors and the design and implementation of”on ice” activities – both practices (one per week on Saturday either at Merivale (mornings) or Bell Arena (afternoons) and games – starting in November. I am the one you should talk to not my instructors.I will be in the dressing room after every practice and can be reached by email david.vesey@gmail.com or by telephone 613 825-9863.

Should be an amazing year…I know you and your children will love the instructors I have selected.