Sagging Zone Coverage – Clarification

Sagging Zone Coverage – Clarification

It’s no secret that Sagging Zone Coverage is one of my favorite Defensive Zone Coverage setups. Recently, a few questions have surfaced regarding the Centerman’s role in the coverage.

sz_clarificationIn this video, we address the role of the centerman as the “3rd defenseman,” and how he or she should play the position effectively. If you haven’t watched our other videos on the Sagging Zone Coverage, take a look here:

1. D-Zone Coverage: “Sagging” Zone
2. Sagging Zone Coverage: In Action


Defensive Zone Coverage: Sagging Zone in Action

Sagging Zone Coverage

Sagging Zone Coverage is one of my favorite Defensive Zone Coverage setups of all time. I love the fact that you can be aggressive, create turnovers, but at the same time never be out-manned in front of your own net.

sagging zone imageIn this clip, we see Team Canada execute Sagging Zone Coverage masterfully. This is performed almost exactly how we describe it here – D-Zone Coverage: “Sagging” Zone

The only real difference is that they interchange positions more often than you’d usually see at younger age groups.


Power Turn Progression

This is the Power Turn Progression I use with My Players

This is the progression I use when developing power turns with my players. Remember, to work on skill development, you must 1. Show the Skill, 2. Develop the Skill, 3. Apply the Skill. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

powerturn_progressionPower Turn Progression
Players set up as shown. Designate which direction ALL lines will be turning toward. Lines 1 & 2 go at the same time, lines 3 & 4 go at the same time.

Phase 1: Player skates out to the cone, power turns, and explodes back to the line. Run each player through 3-4 times, then switch the direction of the turn.

Phase 2: Same as phase 1, but with the puck. Add a shot.

Phase 3: Inside edges through the cones, power turn out, and explode in for the shot. Run each player through 3-4 times, then switch the direction of the turn.


Evolution Stick Rack

Declutter Your Training Space with the Evolution Stick Rack

If you’re anything like me, your home training center probably gets cluttered pretty quickly. We’ve got 3 boys, who all play… So we’ve got their sticks, my sticks, plus a few random lacrosse sticks, always out and in the way. Needless to say, the Evolution Stick Rack has been a great product to keep our training center decluttered!

Stick Rack Review - YouTubeDesign
The stick rack features a simple design, that allows for some versatility with the install. Mount it higher up on the wall, and hang your sticks in the stick rack by the knob; or mount it lower, and set the sticks in it like a conventional stick rack. The double-decker design gives you hanging options, keeps your sticks from swinging, and also serve as a shelf for small items such as tape, pucks, and stick wax.

The mounting process is simple, and took me about 30 seconds. The mounting holes are positioned the same distance apart as standard studs are placed, so you should be able to drive each screw into a stud. The screws are included with the stick rack, so it’s literally, open the box, mount the stick rack, and use it. No trips to the hardware store!

As I said above, the design and installation are super simple, and the stick rack performs as it’s supposed to. This has been a great addition to my training room, and I definitely recommend picking one up for yours!


Offensive-Minded D-Zone Face-Offs

Offensive-Minded D-Zone Face-Offs

I’m a huge fan of offensive-minded face-offs in the defensive zone; especially on the penalty kill! Most teams expect you to play defense in your defensive zone, and when you attack aggressively you can really catch them off guard, particularly on face-offs.

bozak_goalIn this clip, Tyler Bozak loses a shorthanded draw against the Montreal Canadiens, then gets out quickly to the opposing defenseman, causing a turnover. From there he’s able to chip the puck through, and win the footrace on the breakaway.

A well-structured face-off set-up should give you offensive options whether your team wins or loses the draw. Give it a go, and start generating some offense from your defensive-zone face-offs!


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