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:
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
Ability: more advanced players will have more advanced needs, which could affect what types of equipment you’ll need
Space: self-explanatory… you need a place to put everything!
Objectives: what are the main skills you’re looking to develop? what equipment best fits those needs?
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.
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A very versatile drill to work on Breakouts, Regroups, and Attacks
Since finishing up our Coaches’ Training Course, a few people have asked about different ways of practicing some of the systems we discussed in the course. This drill is in response to the questions about practicing breakouts and regroups.
The “Breakout, Regroup, Regroup, Attack Drill” is extremely versatile, and can be used to work on a number of different game situations. After your team gets good at it, try throwing in a forechecker (or two). You can designate where and how you want the forechecking pressure coming in, which will make your defensemen have to read and react to different scenarios.
For a more detailed explanation of the Swing Regroup mentioned in this video, CLICK HERE
Here’s the diagram and explanation:
Breakout, Regroup, Regroup, Attack
1. Coach dumps puck into one end, forwards execute a breakout
2. After breakout, forwards perform a regroup with the far defensemen, then regroup with the first set of defensemen (same ones they broke out with)
4. After second regroup, forwards and defensemen attack 3 on 2
What’s up guys!! I got an interesting email the other day from Mika from Australia. Because of the size of his local rink, and the limited number of players there, they play 3 on 3 (which sounds like a blast to me!). Anyways, he asked if I had any drills that focused on 3-man set-ups and game situations… this drill immediately came to mind!
It’s a great drill for imitating odd-man rush scenarios, and is also GREAT conditioning for the forwards. Here’s the explanation and diagram:
3 on 0, 3 on 1, 3 on 2
1. Forwards in one bench, Defensemen in the other
2. On whistle, 3 Forwards swing low and receive a breakout pass from the Coach, then attack 3 on 0
3. After a quick attack, the same 3 Forwards swing to present themselves again for a breakout, while a Defenseman closes the gap.
4. Coach initiates breakout and Forwards attack 3 on 1.
5. After the 3 on 1, the same Forwards will swing again, receive a third breakout pass, then attack 3 on 2.