Quick Announcement and a Favor

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Quick Announcement and a Favor

Quick Announcement and a Favor

Coaches' Corner, Useful Products
Weiss Tech Coaching Clinics This is a bit of a sneak preview into something I've been working on, and I'm hoping you can help me out. I'm putting the finishing touches on a full-blown coaching clinic, that will be completely online. I'm actually really excited about it. You see, I've been wanting to do something like this for YEARS, but the technology hasn't been available to do it right, UNTIL NOW. There will be more details to come, but this clinic is going to be about 18+ hours of solid, usable material. All done live, online, with the ability for interaction from the participants. It's going to be AWESOME. In the meantime, could you do me a favor, and fill out this survey? It's only one question, but it'll help…
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ADM Coaching Education: The “Uncoaching” Approach – Part 1 – Station-Based Practices

ADM Coaching Education: The “Uncoaching” Approach – Part 1 – Station-Based Practices

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
ADM Coaching Education: The "Uncoaching" Approach - Part 1 - Station-Based Practices This is our 4th article on the philosophical problems with the American Development Model, or the ADM as we call it. These articles are best read in sequence, in order to have the complete context of the issues being discussed. Here are links to the previous articles: ADM: What is Our Objective? ADM: Teaching Competitive Drive - The Practice-to-Game Ratio ADM: Teaching Competitive Drive - Travel Hockey Recommendations and Ages In this article we’re going to explore ADM’s practice recommendations, as well as discuss an alarming trend that is being promoted among the USA Hockey coaches; I call it the “Un-coaching Approach.” The un-coaching approach is a philosophy that de-emphasizes the idea that a coach needs to know what…
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6 Puck Shootout

6 Puck Shootout

Fun, Hockey Drills, Misc. Drills
6 Puck Shootout 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…
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ADM: Teaching Competitiveness – Travel Hockey Recommendations & Ages

ADM: Teaching Competitiveness – Travel Hockey Recommendations & Ages

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
ADM: Teaching Competitiveness - Travel Hockey Recommendations & Ages Over the past few weeks, we have been diving deep into the American Development Model, or the ADM as it has come to be known. In my mind, there is a MAJOR question that needs to be addressed if we are to give a fair assessment of the ADM: That question is “what is the objective of ADM?” Is the objective to improve our top end? (i.e. Better performance on the world stage; more NHL’ers; etc.), or is it to keep more kids in the game for longer? In a previous article I made the statement that those two objectives have vastly different courses of action. If the ADM is aiming to create a better top-end athlete, that will improve our…
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Stop & Start Angling

Stop & Start Angling

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Checking & Angling, Hockey Drills, Team Skill Drills
Stop & Start Angling 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…
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