Weiss Tech Coaching Clinics: On-Ice Skill Development in Action
We recently published Part 1 of a video series designed to help coaches formulate their on-ice development processes with their teams. Over the past 4 days since the video went live, we’ve received a lot of AWESOME feedback from our coaches. Here are a few examples of emails that have come in:
Great video as always! Well presented, well organized and well explained.
Good video and topic. Far to many coaches lose patience when teaching for skill acquirement. They see the players struggle and not understand what it is they are trying to teach them. […] Thanks again for putting the video out and I am looking forward to your Coaching Clinic.
This is great stuff! I really liked this video explaining the use of progressions. I am really pumped to participate in your clinic! I’m always craving more knowledge.
Just watched part 1. Well done, I know that these videos and topics you will be discussing will be very helpful to me.
I would like to personally thank you for this detailed break down, it will be very useful this September for me. […] Thank you very much. if you’ll ever come in Italy i’ll buy you a drink 😉
There were many more, just like these. Thank you for your feedback!
The purpose of this series is to give you a sample of the type of instruction you can expect in our upcoming clinics; and to give you some useful content in the process!
Part one discusses what I call “Development Sequences,” and gives an overview of the different goals, objectives, and drill types that should be used as you bring your players through various types of skill development.
Part two shows you what this on-ice skill development will look like in action, with some actual practice footage.
So, let’s get straight to it. Here’s part 2––On-Ice Development in Action:
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The 6 Puck Shootout is a fun drill that works on breakaways. Since it’s a race, players run through at full speed, and have more pressure than in typical shootout drills. I love slotting this one in at the end of practice!
6 Puck Shootout:
1. Players set up as shown, half in each bench. Goalie in each net. 6 pucks on each blue line.
2. On the whistle, the first player on each team takes a breakaway.
3. If the player scores, he or she has to race over and touch the boards before the next player can go.
4. If the player misses, he or she must get his or her own rebound and pass it pack to the next player in line.
5. First team to score all 6 pucks wins. Losing team (including goalie) does push-ups.
6. Switch goalies and play again.
I used this drill last week with a group of Mites and Squirts in a local clinic here in Salt Lake City. It was a progression from some of the skills we had been working on earlier in the session. This drill combines stops and starts, angling, and drive skating.
Stop & Start Angling:
1. Players line up as shown, offensive player (white) in the corner, defensive player (blue) toward the middle, players waiting in line near the blue line.
2. Offensive and defensive players start facing each other. Each stop and start is to be done facing each other.
3. On the whistle, players run a mini ladder: out to the first cone and back, then out to the second cone and back.
4. After the ladder, both players skate out around their respective cones, the offensive player tries to drive deep below the first cone, the cut to the net. Defensive player angles.
5. Stagger the starts of each side, so the goalie doesn’t face two shots at the same time.
Pressure v. Contain 1 on 1:
1. Form groups of two around the rink.
2. In each group, there is one forward (carrier) and one defense (forechecker).
3. The forechecker tries to prevent the carrier to move toward the center: A) the forward does not have control of the puck (pressure situation), then, B) the carrier has full control of the puck (contain situation).
4. Reverse the roles for each sequence.
This one is a great, full-speed sprint race. Lots of intensity, and good opportunity for some physical contact.
1. Players line up on red lines
2. On the whistle, two players across from each other race to the puck
3. The player who gets to the puck first shoots, other player backchecks
4. On the next whistle the other two players go the other way