Youth Hockey skill and technique drills

Individual youth hockey skills drills to improve dribbling, skating and stickhandling technique. Receive a pass, Gretzky turn, protect the puck round the cone, simple 1 on 1 situation, deke and shoot.

Youth hockey skill and technique drill practice

The hockey dribbling skill drill performed on hockey practice, with proper technique at Teemu Selanne hockey camp for youth hockey players in Finland.

Stickhandling drill on dryland >>

Hockey skating practices, ready to use >>

Hockey warm up drills practice – Skating skills

Hockey warm up skating drill on half ice. Skating forward and backward. Replace forward skating with diffrent skating skill techniques (inner edge, outer edge), coordination and balance skills.

Hockey skating warm up drill on half ice
10-11 Years old youth hockey players in Finland showing the hockey drill on a hockey practice at Teemu Selanne hockey camp.

Hockey drills and practices for 6-10 year olds >>

Hockey skating skill drills >>

Synthetic Ice Project – Play hockey in summer on your backyard

Synthetic ice, artificial ice or plastic ice on your backyard, play hockey whenever you want. Hockeycoach.se performed this project to find new ways to improve hockey skills and find new hockey training opportunities, look at the video how the synthetic ice project was from beginning to the end, in cooperation with Hockeylaget.se.

Hockey skating drills – Hockey Camp ready to go Hockey Practices

10 hockey practices for your hockey camp / school week, with aprox. 70 hockey drills, or use the hockey drills for season start up, or during the hockey season. All hockey drills / practices have a hockey drill drawing, picture, explanation and a video from the hockey practice for best understanding. Save a lot of time and create a red thread in your hockey camps for ages 8-10 and 11-13 years.

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Read more about the Hockey Camp eBook here >>>

Youth Hockey Practices and Drills 7, 8 & 9 years old

Youth hockey practices and drills. Hockey practice 2 of 72 during the first hockey season for young hockey players, 7-9 years old.

Youth hockey practice part 1. Hockey skating technique and skills (basic, one foot kicks, stops) and circles (not in the hockey drill / practice drawing)
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Youth hockey practice part 2 A. Skating with puck, shot, pick up rebound/new puck, slalom back. B. Skating round the cones. C. Skating round the circles and quick slalom on blue line. D. Stops facing the cone. E. Skate with puck, turns around cones, shot, pick up puck/rebound and turns with puck on the way puck.

Youth hockey practice part 3. A. Passes between cones, shot and rebound. B. Forward and backward skating. C. See above, with puck. D. Skating round the cones. E. Puck on one side body on other, backwards with puck back.

Youth hockey practice part 4. Game in all three zones.

Read more about the first season youth hockey practices and drills here >>

Youth Hockey Coaching Philosophy / Vision – HockeyCoach.se

”Individually skilled skaters and creative players, with team spirit”

Use the time during on ice hockey practices with quality. Create opportunity for development and creativity during your hockey practices. Good skaters have time to be creative and find solutions during the hockey game and ”creative mistakes” can be repaired by good skating…

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Taylor Hall, Edmonton (NHL), and a 8 year young hockey player.

Read more about the first season hockey practices and drills for 7-9 year old / young hockey players here >> 

Skating, Stick Handling and Decission Making

I continue with some valuable things from Dave Smiths lecture, from the international hockey coaching seminarium.

He talked about the complexity in hockey, you need to skate, do stick handling and take decissions, which is not possible if you haven’t automized some of the skills or moves. If your skating isn’t automized, you need to focus on that and loose stick handling and good decissions (or you do stick handling and loose your movement / skating)

If you don’t have good automized skating skills, you will have problems with the game. 1. Quick and fast feets / skating (coordination skills)
2. Good stick handling skills will automatically give you more time on focusing on the game itself and to make good decissions during the game.

Test the footwork and coordination skills

You can test these coordination skills by a simple hockey off-ice practice. Let your players run standing on the same spot, add stick handling and start to ask them questions. Do they drop in speed or have problems performing these two things together, then you know you need to work extra either on footwork / skating or stick handling. Below an example from the stick handling and puck control eBook found on this page >>

Hockey stick handling excercise / drill / practice

Repetitions are the magic ingredient in hockey practices, 10 000 Hours – 10 years

A number of studies have shown that it will take ten thousands of hours to become a master of what you are doing or 10000 repetitions to automize a skill. This will apply for leadership, professional hockey players, floorball, work, hobbies etc. Each of us has the potential to master what we are doing, but it will require time, 10000 hours, or about ten years, if you really want to be the best in whatever you do. But too many of us don’t commit to the things we are doing, well enough, but we still hope to be the best or recognized, sometimes we give up too early, wondering why we never become the best.  “I was a great talent, when I was young…” Ever heard that?