Hockey Plus Minus App for iPad



This Hockey Plus Minus App for iPad is a Fast and Easy Way to Track Plus Minus During Games!

Anybody who follows my blog knows I’m a huge believer in using technology to enhance hockey coaching. I recently came across an iPad app that I’m really excited about… it’s called Hockey Plus Minus.

If you check out the app store, you’ll see there are a number of hockey stat apps that have begun cropping up, some are really complex with the ability to track tons of different stuff, some are extremely simple, and only track a few things. With all the different options out there, I figured I’d take the chance to throw in my 2 cents worth on the subject.

Here are three questions you should ask yourself before picking a mobile stat tracker:

What do you want to track?

You can get REALLY in depth with your stat tracking, or you can stay pretty basic. Higher level teams need a lot more depth in their tracking (hits, faceoffs won, shots on goal and shot locations, etc.), younger teams don’t need to dedicate as much time and effort into stat tracking––in my opinion.

What is already being tracked?

Obviously, an app that tracks goals and assists will be redundant, since that’s already being tracked on the game sheet. Some leagues require the score keepers to track shots on goal as well. I don’t care about wasting time and effort tracking things that are already being tracked.

Who will be tracking the stats?

If you, as the coach, are planning on tracking the stats yourself from the bench, you’ll need an interface that is clean and simple, that requires little time to input each event. This is the main reason I love this Hockey Plus Minus app. The interface is simple, and I can enter in the info quickly, with minimal effort.

Conclusion:

As a coach, Plus Minus is the main stat I prefer to keep control of. The real strength of Plus Minus is what it shows over the course of a season, so if it is inconsistently tracked, its useless and might as well not be tracked at all. This app makes it really easy to track it consistently.

There are a few suggestions I’d make to the developers of this app as they roll new versions out:

  1. add the ability to view, select, and edit by individual goal (if you made a mistake and need to change it)
  2. add the ability to see the score
  3. add the ability to export a report into an excel doc

Hope this app comes in handy for you,

Cheers!

Jeremy

Stickhandling: Roll-up Skill Pad




Save Your Stick with this Roll-up Skill Pad that Mimics the Feel of Real Ice!

As is the case with off-ice shooting practice, when working on your stickhandling you need a good slick surface to work on. This is the case for two reasons:

  1. To save your stick: Sticks are expensive these days, and you want to be using your game stick for your off-ice stickhandling and shooting drills.
  2. To mimic the ice surface: It’s no secret that pucks don’t slide well on concrete. You want to work on a surface that will act and feel as close to real ice as possible.

HockeyShot’s Roll-up Shooting & Skill Pad will accomplish both of these objectives. It’ll protect your stick, and give you a smooth, slick surface on which your pucks will slide and feel just like they would on real ice!

This surface can be used as a shooting pad or a skill pad. It will work really well either way, but I actually prefer it as a skill pad to be used for stickhandling because it is so big. This skill pad is 4′ by 8′ which gives you tons of room to work on your stickhandling and passing skills.

As the name suggests, this skill pad is made of a flexible material, which means you can roll it up and take it with you or store it. While this is great for portability, the one drawback about this feature is that it takes a little time for it to lay down flat after you’ve had it rolled up. It eventually does stay flat, just leave it on a hard, flat surface whenever possible.

You can pick up the Roll-up Shooting & Skill Pad as a stand alone item, or as part of the Extreme Passing Kit (one timer model).

All in all, this is a fantastic pad that is durable, and versatile enough that you can get many different uses out of it!