Wiseman Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing
Click Here for a printout of the Wiseman Drill you can take to the rink with you. The "Wiseman Drill," named after one of my old coaches, is a great passing and timing drill (one of my favorites!). This drill incorporates many game simulation concepts such as one-touch passes, timing, support, offensive attack, and odd-man rushes. Furthermore, there are numerous variations and options you can work through with your team. So be creative, and have some fun with this one!
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Synchronized Passing

Synchronized Passing

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing
Use this Hockey Passing Drill to Develop Passing Technique in Motion Synchronized Passing is a simple, yet highly effective, hockey passing drill that will help players to develop their ability to maintain proper hockey passing technique while in motion. Players should be taught to incorporate their weight transfer into their stride while giving and receiving passes. This will help them to "cushion and sweep" their passes properly. Here's the diagram and explanation: Synchronized Passing: 1. Players skate side by side, giving and receiving passes while in motion. 2. After skating behind the net, players crisscross so that they work both forehand and backhand passing. 3. Start slow, then work up to full speed. NOTE: Start with your players very close to each other. As their skill level improves, increase the…
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Center Lag Timing Drill

Center Lag Timing Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing
The Center Lag Timing Drill Timing in hockey is a skill that requires not only physical ability, but mental ability as well. It is not uncommon to see young players buzzing around in practices or games - they appear to only have one speed: FULL SPEED. Since they're working hard, they think they're doing a good job... In reality, it is the player who arrives in the right spot, at the right time, with speed that will be the most effective. Teach your players to pass to designated receiving areas, not necessarily to players. The responsibility lies with the receiver to make the play work. The receiver must select the proper route to the receiving zone so that he or she arrives on time, with speed. He or she must…
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High-Low Shooting Drill

High-Low Shooting Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Shooting
High-Low Shooting is a Good Warm-up Drill for Everyone Here's another great hockey drill that I like to use particularly as a warm-up drill. It is quick-paced, and incorporates skating, stickhandling, and shooting in stride. It's also great for goalies as it gets them moving side-to-side. Players must keep their heads up as they explode through the middle of the ice in opposite directions. Stress that the players keep their feet moving throughout the entire drill. Here's the diagram and explanation: High-Low Shooting 1. Players are divided into 4 corners with pucks. 2. All 4 lines leave at the same time on the whistle. 3. Short lines go to first set of cones. 4. Long lines go to middle set of cones. 5. Players skate full speed through the cones,…
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My Favorite Hockey Agility Drill

My Favorite Hockey Agility Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Skating & Agility
The Circle Agility Drill is Speed is one of the most important attributes a hockey player can possess. True hockey speed is comprised of two elements: Skating Power (see our video on skating power) and Foot Speed (which includes agility). A player will not reach his full skating potential until he has achieved both. The good news is that there are many hockey drills that can help young players to improve on both their skating power, as well as their foot speed and agility. Here is one of my favorite on-ice agility drills. I like it because it develops quick feet while skating forward, backward, as well as side-to-side. Here's the diagram for the Circle Agility Drill: Circle Agility Drill 1. Player starts on the face off dot. 2. On…
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