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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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Serpentine Drill



Serpentine Drill is Great for Youngsters, and Helpful for Older Kids too!

The Serpentine Drill is a great progressional drill if you’ve been working on power turns. This drill develops power turns with the puck, and can incorporate some passing and shooting as well. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

serpentineSerpentine Drill
1. Players line up as shown
2. Puck carrier drives deep, power turns around the low cone, and explodes up ice
3. Puck carrier passes to next player in line, then loops around the high cone
4. Next player passes back to the receiver, then skates up to the center line, picks up a puck, and starts the drill over


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Fast Hands Review




Fast Hands will Help You Develop Soft, Smooth, Fast, Precise Hands

I recently had the chance to try out the Fast Hands hockey stickhandling training aid. It quickly became one of my favorite pieces of stickhandling equipment of all time! Here’s what it’s all about:

Design:
Fast Hands is shaped like a half-octagon, and has five openings, which are just tall enough for a puck to slide under. Each opening has a number, which allows you to prescribe drill sequences to work on various stickhandling skills (i.e. 4, 1, 2, 3)

Drills:
As good a product as Fast Hands is, what REALLY makes it great is to use the drill sequences from the Fast Hands video. Getting your reps in on the prescribed movements will improve your hands FAST. I improved just making the review video above.

Check out this video for all 25 Fast Hands drills:



My Experience:
My experience with Fast Hands is pretty straight forward: It has been AWESOME. Simple design, lots of versatility, tons of drills, and you can use it both on and off the ice!


Bednár Skating Warm-up Drill



Bednár Skating Warm-up Drill

I’ve got a good buddy out in Slovakia who sends me great drills on a regular basis. I usually test them out with my teams, then pass the best ones along to you guys. I’m naming this hockey warm-up drill after him, the Bednár Skating Warm-up Drill. Here’s the diagram:

bednar_skating_warmupBednár Skating Warm-up Drill

1. Players skate the patterns, with pucks, as diagrammed.
2. First player of each line goes at the same time.
3. The next player goes ones he receives the pass from the first player of the other line.
4. Drill is perpetual.

Note: Make sure to have players execute at full speed, while maintaining good puck control, and staying low on the pivots.

Enjoy!


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Mohawk Agility Drill



Mohawk Agility Drill

The Mohawk Agility Drill can be used with cones, sticks, “Attack Triangles,” SweetHands, or any other hockey obstacle. More creative obstacles produce more creative players in this drill. Here’s the diagram:

Mohawk Agility Drill

1. Players line up as shown.
2. Puck carrier puts a move on the first stick, skates down around the second stick (putting a move on it), skates up around the top stick (putting a move on it), then shoots.
3. ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY!

Enjoy!


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