“Precision” Practices, and When to Use Them

“Precision” Practices, and When to Use Them

Coaches' Corner, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing, Philosophy, Regroups, Team Systems Drills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hclx8eHPPnc I sometimes get questions about practice planning, and how to decide what to work on in a given situation. Here's a quick look over my shoulder for a practice I ran, as a guest coach, this past Saturday. I was asked to run a practice this past Saturday for my friend who coaches the local high school team. Their playoff schedule had changed, and this practice was scheduled at the last minute. Unfortunately, it was scheduled when he would be out of town with a prior engagement. Normally, this wouldn't be a huge deal. But in this case it was. This was what will end up being the last practice of the season. And if the team wins out the rest of their games in playoffs, it will have…
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Weiss Tech Hockey’s Top 5 Most Popular Posts of All Time

Weiss Tech Hockey’s Top 5 Most Popular Posts of All Time

Breakouts, Coaches' Corner, Defensive Zone, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Off-ice Training, Passing & Timing, Philosophy, Skating & Agility, Speed, Team Skill Drills, Team Systems Drills, Useful Products
Weiss Tech Hockey Reveals its Top 5 Most Popular Posts of All Time I started this blog a little over 4 years ago‚Ķ which is a long time in internet years! It started as a bit of an experiment for me. I wanted to try and use web technology to help local coaches with their practice plans. I'd been playing around with a "new" drill diagrammer I had just come across, DrillDraw, and thought it would be cool to make video explanations of drills using a "digital whiteboard." I started by posting a few video explanations of my favorite drills, and things just kinda took off from there! At that time, nobody was doing digital video explanations, and it seemed to be a method of delivery that resonated with coaches.…
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Face-off Sequence

Face-off Sequence

Face-Offs, Hockey Drills, Team Systems Drills
Face-Off Sequence This Face-Off Sequence is a great way to nail down your face-off set-ups, no matter which zone you're in. Here's the diagram and explanation: Face-Off Sequence Run this drill to work on any type of face-off 1. Run a set face-off play with no defenders 2. Run a set face-off play with defenders' sticks turned upside down 3. Run a set face-off play with defenders' sticks turned the right way. 5 on 5 controlled scrimmage. Enjoy! USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:
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Penalty Kill Forecheck Angling Drill

Penalty Kill Forecheck Angling Drill

Checking & Angling, Forecheck, Hockey Drills, Special Teams, Team Skill Drills, Team Systems Drills
Penalty Kill Forecheck Angling Drill The Penalty Kill Forecheck Angling Drill works really well to teach proper angling technique for F1 & F2 on the PK forecheck. Here's the diagram and explanation: Penalty Kill Forecheck Angling Drill 1. Breakout man skates in, and opens up to either side for a breakout pass from the coach 2. F1 and F2 angle to take away the skating lane and passing lanes, respectively 3. If F1 and F2 fail to eliminate the breakout, the breakout man passes to the NZ coach for a give and go, and a shot on net Note: This drill can be run as a 2/3 ice drill by eliminating the option for a shot on goal. Play would end with the pass back to the NZ coach Enjoy!…
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Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence

Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence

Hockey Drills, Offensive Zone, Special Teams, Team Skill Drills, Team Systems Drills
Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence I use the Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence to simulate the patterns and passing lanes players will see in game situations. The idea for this drill is to instill the mindset of "Set-up, Attack, Rebound, then back to Set-up." All executed at top speed. Here's the diagram and explanation: Full Speed Power Play Passing Sequence 1. Player's line up in proper position for your team's power play set-up (in this case it's the "hybrid" set-up) 2. Place cones in positions where the opposing defenders will likely be 3. Work through your attack options, in order from highest probability to lowest 4. Focus on running through "set-up, attack, rebound, and back to set-up," with crisp passes, always executing at full speed Enjoy! USE THIS…
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