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.
The hockey dribbling skill drill performed on hockey practice, with proper technique at Teemu Selanne hockey camp for youth hockey players in Finland.
Hockey stickhandling practice drill for youth hockey players. Dribbling under, Gretzky turn, dribbling and shot into the net.
The hockey stickhandling drill performed by 10-11 year old youth hockey players on a hockey practice at Teemu Selanne hockey camp in Finland.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 >>
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?
…Hockey Goalie Trainer or Goal Scoring Coach, Part 2. If you look at the Nordic countries in ice hockey most of the teams and hockey players are very skilled when it comes to stick handling and skating, but there is lack of good goal scorers and skilled shooters, why? (of course with some exceptions)
This is simply a result of practicing focus, in USA and Canada a lot effort is put in this area in hockey practices, shooting and goal scoring, while in Sweden and Finland other areas are prioritized.
In the end it doesn’t matter how skilled you are with the puck, what counts is the amount of goals scored in a hockey game.
Of course the first step is to:
1. Create goal scoring opportunities (You need to be a good skater and a stick handler to create these goal scoring opportunities in a hockey game)
2. Score goal
3. Defend your own goal
I think a lot of focus in hockey is already put in area 3. Defend your own goal, and then 1. Create goal scoring opportunities, but what can be improved is, 2. Score goal when you have the chance.
“I will get ready, and perhaps my chance will come” / John Wooden
To be continued…