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Pressure v. Contain 1 on 1



Pressure v. Contain 1 on 1

Good drill from the PIJE drill collection over at DrillDraw

pressure v contain 1 on 1Pressure 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.


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Center Pass for Mites & Squirts



Center Pass is a Great Drill for Younger Age Groups

I’ve been using this drill with my Mite team this year, and have already seen the kids executing it in our games! In the video I show two variations, but you can make more adaptations as you see fit. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

center_pass1Center Pass
Variation 1:
1. Coach dumps the puck into the corner
2. First player in white line goes and gets it
3. Next player in line goes to the front of the net
4. Pass out from the corner, shot on goal

center_pass2Variation 2:
1. Coach dumps the puck into the corner
2. First player in white line goes and gets it
3. One white and one blue drive the net, white trying to get open, blue trying to defend by lifting the white’s stick
4. Player from the corner can either pass out front, or shoot


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Weiss Tech Hockey Reveals its Top 5 Most Popular Posts of All Time

I started this blog a little over 4 years ago… which is a long time in internet years! It started as a bit of an experiment for me. I wanted to try and use web technology to help local coaches with their practice plans. I’d been playing around with a “new” drill diagrammer I had just come across, DrillDraw, and thought it would be cool to make video explanations of drills using a “digital whiteboard.”

I started by posting a few video explanations of my favorite drills, and things just kinda took off from there! At that time, nobody was doing digital video explanations, and it seemed to be a method of delivery that resonated with coaches. As things have progressed, we’ve branched out into other aspects of hockey training and development, and the blog has developed into the format you see today.

This week I was doing a bit of reflection, and I got curious as to which of my posts have been the most popular (in terms of page views) over the past 4 years. So I decided to look into it, and post Weiss Tech Hockey’s Top 5 Most Popular Posts. Here they are (remember, my video-production abilities have evolved over the years… so you might get a good laugh at some of my older stuff!):

Weiss Tech Hockey’s Top 5 Most Popular Posts of All Time

5. Breakouts: Color-coded Breakout System
4. Breakout Progression Drill
3. Forecheck: 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck
2. My Favorite Off-Ice Agility Drill

And the Number 1 Weiss Tech Hockey Post of All Time…

1. 9 Half-Ice Hockey Drills Every Coach Should Know

HELP US OUT!
So there’s the Top 5. I’d love to know which Weiss Tech content has been the most useful for you. Leave your comments in the section below, and let us know what has been useful, and what you’d like to see more of.

Thanks for your participation!

Jeremy

MacDonald Forecheck Drill



MacDonald Forecheck Drill

The MacDonald Forecheck is a nice little drill to work on forechecking lanes and angles. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

MacDonald Forecheck Drill

1. On whistle, forecheckers take a lap around the center circle
2. As the forecheckers finish their lap, coach dumps the puck in
3. Forecheckers attack, 5-man unit breaks out
4. After the breakout occurs, puck is passed back to the coach
5. 2 of the 3 forwards peel out to take a lap around the middle circle, becoming the new forecheckers (forwards must communicate who goes!)
6. As forecheckers finish the turn, coach dumps the puck in for a breakout from the far end
7. New 5-man unit moves into the end that just broke out

Enjoy!


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Fukami Breakout Warm-up Drill



Fukami Breakout Warm-up Drill

The Fukami Breakout Warm-up Drill is a great drill to get everybody moving. It incorporates a little bit of everything, and even involves the goalies in the play. Here’s the diagram:

Fukami Breakout Warm-up

1. On the whistle, forward dumps a puck on net
2. Goalie sets the the puck up for the defenseman, who has skated back to retrieve it
3. Forward times his/her skating, and explodes through the middle to receive a pass from the defenseman, then shoots

Variation: The forward can delay in the corner, then make a pass to the defenseman for a shot on net. (Not shown)

Enjoy!


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