Bongo Board for Improved Hockey Balance




Use the Bongo Board to Improve your Hockey Balance While Away from the Rink!

I recently had the chance to test out a number of new products from HockeyShot’s balance line. I’m a big believer that developing balance and coordination off the ice can lead to improved performance on the ice. The first product I tested out was the 20″ Wobble Board. The next product I checked out was the Bongo Board, which is shown in the video above.

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At first glance, the Bongo Board looks like a skate board without wheels. It’s made of solid maple plywood, and has a non-slip surface on the top. The underside of the Bongo Board has the track, with the bungee cord, which fits with the double ball bearing wheel system. The construction is durable, and able to withstand the rigors of regular usage.

Usability:
The Bongo Board will take some practice before you’ll be able to use it effectively. Although once you’ve figured it out, it’s a lot of fun (and a great workout too!). Athletes with a skateboarding background will likely pick it up faster than I did.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, there’s a lot of stuff you can do:

  • Kick Flips
  • Ollies
  • 180’s
  • etc…

Obviously… for hockey, you’re going to want to “Bongo” while stickhandling!

Benefits:
The benefits of using the Bongo Board are pretty obvious for hockey:

  • Improved Balance & Control
  • Increased Coordination
  • More Strength in Calves and Ankles
  • Variety of Power Exercises that Executed
  • Great way to develop “independent” Hands & Feet (hands and feet are active together, working on different things)



Use these Dryland Training Kits from HockeyShot to set up Structured, Well-Organized Dryland Sessions with your Team!

I recently had the opportunity to do a detailed review on HockeyShot’s Dryland Training Kits. So I took my boy Tyler down to the tennis courts to have a workout and make some videos. We had a great workout, and had a blast putting these videos together.

These kits are available in three different sets; the Starter Kit, Premium, and Premium Plus. I reviewed the Starter Kit, and was impressed with how much equipment it came with, even for the lowest-priced option! All three kits are fantastic. The main difference it that the Premium and Premium Plus kits come with more equipment (Speed Chutes & Plyo Hurdles)

In this post, I’m including 6 videos that highlight each product in the Starter Kit, and give a few ideas of drills you can run with each piece of equipment. After you pick up your kit, I recommend watching the instructional DVD that comes with it. The DVD contains over 300 drills… definitely enough to get you started! After that, run a YouTube search on additional drills you can do with the equipment. There’s no shortage of options out there!

So – enjoy the videos, and comment below if you have any questions.

HockeyShot Dryland Kits: Intro

HockeyShot’s dryland training kits are an awesome way to set up structured, well-organized dryland sessions for your team. Each starter kit contains 6 Speed Hurdles, 2 Reaction Balls, 4m Agility Ladder with carrying sleeve, 50 Saucer Cones, 6 Jump Ropes, Instructional DVD with TONS of drills, and a nice Transport Bag.

HockeyShot Dryland Kits: Speed Hurdles

These 6″ speed hurdles are great to have in the dryland kit. They are lightweight, yet durable, and there’s a lot of stuff you can do with them, as you can see in the video.

HockeyShot Dryland Kits:
Agility Ladder

One of the most versatile pieces of “quick feet” equipment, the agility ladder is a solid selection for this kit. Agility ladders are great for developing a quick, explosive lower body, but there are some fun upper-body drills you can do with this as well, so make sure you give a quick YouTube search when you get yours.

HockeyShot Dryland Kits:
Jump Rope

Awesome for both agility and endurance drills, the jump rope is a staple for team dryland sessions. This kit comes with 6 durable vinyl speed ropes, with molded PVC handles.

HockeyShot Dryland Kits:
Saucer Cones

Great for use for agility shuttle runs, routes, or wherever else pylons can be used. These saucer cones are a great selection for this kit because they’re flexible, so it won’t hurt if a player lands on one. Simple but the best!

HockeyShot Dryland Kits:
Reaction Ball

The Reaction Ball is the ideal tool for improving eye-hand coordination and reaction time. It’s unique 6-sided design allows the Reaction Ball to pop, bounce and leap unpredictably in different directions. Awesome for goalies!

The Star Drill



The star drill is a great drill to teach young goalies the art of moving around the crease!

If done correctly, this drill will generate create good habits moving around the crease, and the goalies will become more “Crease Aware” (knowing where they are in their crease). Here’s the diagram, as well as a variation to take the concept to the next level:

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star_drill_2The Star Drill
Goalie starts at the post, then skates the following sequence (see our post on the 11 Visual Targets for Hockey Goalies)
1. Position 11
2. Position 6
3. Position 9
4. Position 1
5. Position 6
6. Position 3
7. Back to Position 11
8. Repeat the opposite way

Variation
Goalie performs start drill, reacting to the passes of the three forwards
1. Forward on the goal line passes to the forward in the middle, then skates to the near dot
2. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 6
3. Middle forward passes back to the forward who made the first pass
4. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 9
5. Forward on the dot passes across to the forward on the other goal line, then retreats back to his or her original position
6. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 1
7. Goal-line forward passes to middle forward, then skates to near dot
8. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 6
9. Middle forward passes back to the forward who just passed to him
10. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 3
11. Forward on the dot passes back across to the forward on the other goal line (who started the drill), then retreats back to his or her original position

Have the goalies perform this 2-3 times each. As they begin to improve, allow the forwards to shoot at random intervals.

REMEMBER: have the goalie adjust to the rebound if they are not able to cover or trap the puck. Create good habits, don’t let them just stop the puck and move to the next area.

For more advanced goalies, you can do the same drill but allow the players to move around in a triangle more freely rather than passing and shooting from the designated areas. When allowing them to move freely in a triangle passing and shooting, they will be working on their offensive attack while giving the goalie a great workout.

Regards,

Hands


USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:



My weight set from high school…

Had a makeshift workout at my parents’ house today. Not a bad home gym to tell you the truth. This is what I used all throughout high school!

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