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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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Czech Race

Czech Race is an Intense, Sprint Race

This one is a great, full-speed sprint race. Lots of intensity, and good opportunity for some physical contact.

czech_raceCzech Race:
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


1 on 1 Swedish Overspeed Drill

Here’s a Great 1 on 1 Drill that Works Skating, Pivots, and Gap Control

In this drill, we develop passing, skating, gap control, and a number of other skills. This drill can also be developed into a regroup drill (see Option 2). Here’s the diagram and explanation:


1on1swedishoverspeed21 on 1 Swedish Overspeed Drill:

1. On the whistle, the F makes a pass to the D.
2. The F skates across the ice and receives a return pass.
3. The D follows up the ice.
4. The F skates around the centre ice circle and goes 1 on 1 with the D.

1. After the F skates around the centre ice circle, the F makes a pass to the D, and turns to the boards.
2. The D makes a board pass and closes the gap in the neutral zone.
3. The F turns back for a 1 on 1.


Leafs Warm-Up Drill

This One’s a Fun Warm-Up Drill that Works a Bit of Everything

This is a fun one that touches on quite a few different skills, including backward skating, pivots, passing, drive skating, and shooting. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

leafswarmupLeafs Warm-Up:

1. Players on each side of center at boards
2. First player leaves, skating backward, receives pass from second player in line–always receives pass on the side of his body he’ll be turning to
3. After receiving the pass he/she opens up and skates forward around the cone, driving wide to the net.
4. After shot, player lines up on opposite side

Variations: a) go around near cone instead of far cone; b) after pass, player joins for a 2 on 0


Half-Ice Bednár Conditioning Drill

Here’s a Fantastic Half-Ice Conditioning Drill from Our Friend, Ján Bednár

From time to time our coaches send me drills, this is a great half-ice conditioning drill from Ján Bednár out in Slovakia. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

half-ice bednar conditioningHalf-Ice Bednár Conditioning Drill

  • Option 1: Skate through the pattern forward
  • Option 2: Skate through the pattern, pivoting backward as diagrammed
  • Option 3: Skate through the pattern, forward, with a puck. Add shot at the end.
  • Option 4: Skate through the pattern with a puck, pivoting backward as diagrammed. Add shot at the end.

NOTE: make sure players are alternating lines so they develop stops and starts in both directions.


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