Forecheck: 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck

Offensive Zone, Team Systems
Use the 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck to trap your opponent in his zone The 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck is a great forecheck to add to your hockey systems repertoire. When executed correctly, it is effective at all levels of play, from youth all the way up through Junior and College level hockey. The key to making this forechecking system work is to have everybody know, understand, and execute their roles properly. When this happens, the 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck works similarly to a neutral zone trap - except that it happens in the offensive zone! CLICK HERE to check out our "FAQ" on the 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck (expanded discussion). Enjoy!
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How to effectively teach a new hockey skill

Coaches' Corner, Individual Skills, Philosophy, Skating
Coaching hockey can be a complicated endeavor. The required skill-set to be a good coach is much different than the skill-set to be a good player. Because of this difference, many people find it difficult to make the transition from player to coach. I often hear new coaches say "I know what my players should be doing, but I don't know how to get them to do it..." or "I don't know how to explain proper skating technique, I just know how to show it..." In these situations, I usually recommend that the coach try to break each skill down into three key points that he or she can verbalize. For example, if I were explaining proper forward skating technique, I would say that each player needs to (1) maintain…
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Perpetual Backcheck Drill

Perpetual Backcheck Drill

Conditioning, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills
Perpetual Backcheck Drill The Perpetual Backcheck Drill is a great competition drill to keep players motivated and having fun while working on their conditioning. I use this one quite often with my own teams. Here's the diagram: Perpetual Backcheck Drill 1. First player in each line leaves and receives a pass from the coach. 2. Each player skates full speed down the ice and takes a shot. 3. Next player in line can't leave until the shot has been taken. 4. After the shot, the shooter will peel off and backcheck the next player in line. 5. Drill continues perpetually. Enjoy! USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:
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