How to Impress a Coach at Tryouts: Part 1 – Off-Ice Strategy

How to Impress a Coach at Tryouts: Part 1 – Off-Ice Strategy

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I know schedules are still upside down for many hockey communities due to covid-19. But some places are coming up on tryout season for next year. So for those of you who are gearing up for tryouts, this is for you.  I wrote this post a couple years ago but it's timeless content! If your area is still waiting on covid restrictions... I feel for you, and hope for a quick and safe return to hockey as soon as possible! (I recommend you save this one in your back pocket until tryout season rolls around for you) I recently had the opportunity to serve as an evaluator in our State District Camp. There were four groups, and our job was to decide which players would move forward to the regional camp at each…
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Hockey Equipment Tips for Kids

Hockey Equipment Tips for Kids

Hockey Equipment
I hesitated sending this out JUST YET. If your season just barely ended and your kids have outgrown their gear, RIGHT NOW isn't the best time to buy hockey equipment. Kids have a way of growing over the summer and making you regret buying something 2 months earlier. HOWEVER, spring cleaning and equipment sales are upon us. So if you find yourself trying to get prepared for next season a little early here are some important hockey equipment tips for kids you'll want to have handy! Either way, save this and use it as a reference as you GEAR UP for next season. IF YOU'RE A COACH, share this with the parents on your team. They'll thank you! Hockey is still a young sport here in Salt Lake City, which…
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Did you “HEAR” the latest?

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Can I be honest with you? I struggle with email. Especially during the season it can be hard to reply to hockey specific questions that take more than a few sentences to articulate. So I often reply with a Sound Byte on Sound Cloud particularly when it's an answer I feel can benefit more than just the person who asked it. Sound Bytes are usually 7-10 mins long (sometimes a little longer). If you visit my Sound Cloud page, I've got more than 200 Byte size audio tracks that tackle a variety of hockey questions and concepts. Here are some of the most popular: https://soundcloud.com/weiss-tech-hockey/how-to-develop-consistency-in https://soundcloud.com/weiss-tech-hockey/how-to-modify-drills-to-fit https://soundcloud.com/weiss-tech-hockey/d-zone-coverage-vs-attack https://soundcloud.com/weiss-tech-hockey/4-keys-to-teaching https://soundcloud.com/weiss-tech-hockey/theres-no-such-thing-as-turn
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“Is There a Reason You’re Not Giving 100% Right Now?”

“Is There a Reason You’re Not Giving 100% Right Now?”

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
I love hanging out with good coaches... doesn't matter what sport. I love sharing insights, watching them in action, and learning from the way they interact with their athletes. In 2015 I had a conversation with a coach that changed my outlook forever, and got me started down a road I had never considered before. And this guy wasn't even a hockey coach! The conversation was with my good friend, and NCAA baseball coach, Derek Waddoups. If you're a member of my International Coaching Symposium, you'll know him from Session 14 on Leadership and Developing a Competitive Mindset. Derek is a stud, and is like a brother to me. Our sons have been best friends for years, and Derek and I alternate back and forth between being each other's assistant…
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3 Man 3 Zone Timing Drill

3 Man 3 Zone Timing Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acj6N8YdR9M This is a variation on an old classic, the 3 Zone Timing Drill, which is one of my all-time favorites! Although flow and timing drills have lost some popularity in recent years, due to the hype surrounding small area games, I do believe there's a time and place to make effective use of full-ice flow and timing drills, especially for advanced teams. This style of drill is not only fun, but is great for conditioning, and awesome for getting high-quality reps in for specific game patterns. Here's how the drills works: Drill Description: 3 players leave togetherPlayer 1 swings lowPlayer 2 swings to the boardsPlayer 3 swings high across the far blue linePasser moves the puck to Player 2, who makes a touch pass to Player 1, who makes…
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