QuickStickz Review




QuickStickz is a Fun and Effective way to Develop Stickhandling Ability

I’ve been really excited to get this post out, and let you know about a cool product called QuickStickz. QuickStickz is an innovative new way to work on your stickhandling abilities off the ice, and it’s a lot of fun too!

A few months ago I was invited to take a look at QuickStickz, which is a video-game-based, hockey stickhandling development system. I had seen the product before, but I’d never had the chance to get my hands on one. The idea seemed really cool, so I was excited to see what it was all about.

How it Works:
QuickStickz uses a special infrared camera that connects up to your PC via USB jack. The camera combos up with a customized SmartHockey stickhandling ball, that has been machined out with a whole bunch of tiny reflectors all over its surface. As you stickhandle, the camera picks up the movements of the ball, and sends the signal into the computer, which allows you to see your stickhandling movements on the screen.

Set-up is pretty simple, just plug in the camera, go to the QuickStickz member’s area, and install the plug-in when prompted.

Drills and Games:
Once you’re up and running, just select a drill or a game from the member’s area, and have at it! The drills are designed to help you work on various skills such as tight puck movement, wide puck movement, dekes, toe drags, etc. The games apply these skills in a more dynamic environment.

Member’s Area:
The member’s area is a great way to track your progress. You can check your own stats and progress, or see how your top score compares to other top scores from around the world. The member’s area also tracks how much time you’re spending on QuickStickz. This makes it easy for parents or coaches to check in on the player’s efforts and progress.

Conclusion:
QuickStickz is a great tool to help any player develop his or her stickhandling abilities. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a product that I think connects with kids on their level. The one weakness of QuickSticks is that it’s fairly sensitive to the ambient lighting in the room you’re using it in. Sunlight badly interferes with the infrared signal put out by the camera, and makes the ball just jump around on the screen. So make sure you close the blinds, and rely on your “artificial lighting” (regular lightbulbs), and you should be just fine!

Forecheck: 2-3 Press




Start the game with a BANG using the 2-3 Press!

The 2-3 Press is a really fun forecheck if you have the right group of players for it. If you have a fast, hard-hitting team, you can use this forecheck to strike fear into the hearts of the other team, and make it so they’re constantly looking over their shoulder for the rest of the game!

I like to use this forecheck for brief “spurts” during a game because it is very high-tempo, and uses a lot of energy. So give it a try for each line’s first shift in the game, or maybe the first shift of each period. This will help get your team off to a fast start, and should give you some momentum in the process.

Enjoy!

Full Ice 3 Pass and Shot Drill



The Full Ice 3 Pass and Shot Drill can be VERY effective with the right group of players!

This drill is a more difficult version of our regular 3 Pass and Shot Drill. In this version the passes are longer, and must be harder. With the right group of players (and the proper number of players), this can be a very fun and effective drill. However, if your players aren’t capable of handling long, cross-ice passes, they’ll spend a lot of time chasing pucks into the corner. See the diagram and explanation below:

full-ice_3-passFull-Ice 3 Pass and Shot Drill
1. players leave respective lines and skate across the ice
2. receive a pass from next player in line, and quickly return the pass
3. loop to receive the final pass from the same line they each player left from – receive the puck IN FRONT of the red line
4. cut up ice and take a shot

Enjoy!


USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:



FAQ on 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck

Make sure you check out the original 1-2-2 “Foosball” Hockey Systems Forecheck post before you watch this.

Since I posted the original 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck video back in October, I’ve had a lot of feedback. Many of you have had a lot of success using this forechecking system… this is great! I am always interested in hearing about your experiences with the drills, systems, and other material I post here.

Over the past few months, there have been a few recurring questions and comments about this particular forecheck. Rather than answering the same questions over and over, I decided to post a video that addresses the three main questions people have asked:

  1. What happens if the defenseman reverses the puck (or beats F1 in some other way)?
  2. How to you convert this forecheck into an offensive attack once the puck is turned over?
  3. After the initial “flush” what does F1 do?

Hopefully this video helps to clear these three issues up. Remember… ANY forecheck is beatable. This one is no different. The idea is to perfect multiple forechecks so that once a team starts keying in on what you’re doing, you can switch it up on them.

Have fun with this, and let me know if you have any additional questions or comments!