How to Install the Sniper’s Edge Indoors




Here’s a Quick Tutorial on Installing the Sniper’s Edge Indoors

A few weeks ago I published a detailed review on the Sniper’s Edge, which is a shooting tarp that can fit in the opening of any standard two-car garage. The product is fantastic, and I had a blast putting that review together. You can check it out here: FULL SNIPER’S EDGE REVIEW.

Since then, I’ve relocated to a bigger house (Weiss Tech HQ), and the new house has a pretty big unfinished basement… perfect for my new hockey training facility!

Benefits of the Indoor Installation
After getting everything moved in, one of the first things I did was install my Sniper’s Edge in the basement. As much as I liked it outdoors, I must admit, the indoor install has been even nicer! I prefer the indoor install for a few reasons:

  • No need to roll and unroll to make the garage usable
  • No worries about weather – the tarp is weather proof, but I was concerned about snow and ice weighing it down in the winter
  • More level surface – my driveway was slightly slanted as you can see in my previous video. This was throwing off my vertical aim

Indoor Installation Process (The Harder Way)
The Sniper’s Edge doesn’t come with any of the necessary hard-ware to install it. So you’ll need to pick up the following items from Home Depot or Lowe’s to install your Sniper’s Edge the same way I did it (NOTE: THERE IS AN EASIER WAY TO DO It… DETAILS FURTHER DOWN):

  • One 16x2x4
  • Four 2×4’s long enough to connect the top of the Sniper’s Edge to your rafters
  • Screws
  • Washers
  • 16′ wooden dowel

Here’s how I did it… Unbox the Sniper’s Edge and screw the top of it into the 16x2x4. Screw each of your smaller 2x4s into the 16x2x4, evenly spread – MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE FIRST. You want the measurements such that after it is hung, the bottom of the Sniper’s Edge just barely touches the ground. Screw or nail the entire unit into the rafters.

This method seems easy enough in theory (at least it did to me…), but it was actually quite difficult to make it come together properly! One of our YouTube subscribers suggested a more effective way… READ ON!

An Easier Way to Install the Sniper’s Edge

After posting this video on YouTube, flyers10az (one of our subscribers) suggested a MUCH easier way. If you get a sec, shoot him/her a thank-you note… this could save you TONS of time.

Here’s what you do:

  • Screw the Sniper’s Edge into the 16x2x4 as in the first method
  • Buy 8 metal hooks and 4 lengths of chain
  • Screw 4 hooks into your rafters or ceiling, and 4 hooks in corresponding locations on the top of your 16x2x4
  • Attach the hooks on the 16x2x4 to the corresponding hooks in the ceiling using the chain

Isn’t that brilliant? I wish I had thought of it before doing it my way. Since the chain is adjustable, you don’t need to be as exact on your measurements either. I haven’t tried it… but it seems like a WAY better way of doing it.

Conclusion
Having this in my basement has been awesome. We use it all the time and the kids love it. It works really well for indoor use because it’s virtually impossible for a puck to take a bad ricochet off it into a window, or light, or something breakable. I definitely recommend this targeting system for your home!





Home Hockey Training Objectives and Considerations

This is the 3rd of 3 intro videos for the Home Hockey Training Center. Check out the first two videos before moving on to this one. Here are the links to videos 1 and 2:

Before you start putting together your Home Hockey Training Center, it’s important to have a game plan. Here’s an example of the things I thought were important considerations for my situation. I think this list is a good start, but I’m sure there are other considerations that might fit different scenarios:

  1. Age: older players are bigger and stronger, which may have implications on how sturdy the equipment needs to be, and how much space you’ll need
  2. Ability: more advanced players will have more advanced needs, which could affect what types of equipment you’ll need
  3. Space: self-explanatory… you need a place to put everything!
  4. Objectives: what are the main skills you’re looking to develop? what equipment best fits those needs?
  5. Budget: if you’re like me, you’re ok with investing in your skill development, as long as the value is there

Once you’ve mapped out your game plan, then the fun begins! Time to start picking and choosing what you’re going to put in your Home Hockey Training Center. That’s where I’m hoping this course will come in useful.

Join me as I give you a peek at my own Home Hockey Training Center, complete with reviews of everything I’ve included in it. And when you’re ready to start shopping, just click the link below to be taken to my favorite store for Hockey Training Aids!

Finnish Half-Ice Drill



Finnish Half-Ice Drill

Over the past few weeks I’ve posted a few of my favorite half-ice hockey drills. I’ve had some really good response, and a few of our readers even sent me some of their favorite half-ice drills as well… THANKS!!

This drill is from Petri Väisänen (from Finland), and is a fantastic half-ice drill. One of the reasons I like this one so much is that it’s very customizable––you can create multiple variations to fit lots of different game situations. I show a few of these variations in the video, but feel free to get creative on this one!

Here’s the diagram and explanation:

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1. on whistle, (D) skates up to blue line and pivots backward
2. after the pivot, (C) dumps a puck into the corner
3. (D) picks it up and initiates a breakout using the misdirection
4. (F) times the play and swings through to receive a board-side breakout
5. (F) attacks the seam and takes a shot (in stride)

Sequence 2: Same set-up as above, except add a second defenseman, and use a reverse.

Sequence 3: Include a 1 on 1.

Enjoy!






USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:



4 on 4 and PK Forecheck


Penalty kill forecheck and 4 on 4 philosophies

On a 4 on 4, the philosophy is simple: treat it like a power play when you have the puck, or when the puck is loose; treat it like a penalty kill when the other team has it.

Forecheck:
I recommend using your standard penalty kill forecheck when playing a 4 on 4. See the section on the Modified “T” Forecheck for the full explanation.

Defensive Zone Coverage:
Again, I recommend using your standard penalty kill coverage when playing a 4 on 4. Pick whichever one suits your team’s strengths and weaknesses.

Offensive Set-up:
Run a modified version of your current power play set-up. A four-man overload is very doable (think about getting the weak-side defenseman to slide down into the slot from time to time). A four-man umbrella is also very doable.