How to Impress a Coach at Tryouts: Part 2 – On-Ice Strategy

How to Impress a Coach at Tryouts: Part 2 – On-Ice Strategy

Miscellaneous
A few days ago I published a post about How to Impress a Coach at Tryouts. The article spawned from my recent experience as an evaluator in our State District Camp; where it became quite obvious that some kids didn't have any idea how to showcase themselves well in a tryout. That article was part 1 of a 3-part series, and dealt with some off-ice strategic tips to leave a great impression on the coaching staff. As stated above, we’re addressing this topic in 3 parts: Off-Ice Strategy On-Ice Strategy On-Ice Performance This article (part 2) will give you some key tips on how to strategize and showcase your skills ON the ice. Triage and First Impressions Think about a coach's job in a tryout setting. He or she will…
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How to Impress a Coach at Tryouts: Part 1 – Off-Ice Strategy

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

Miscellaneous
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 age group. As I watched the various sessions, it was interesting to see which players understood how to look good in a tryout, and which players didn't. You know how some people do well in school because they're "good test takers?" Well, doing well in tryouts works the same way, to a certain extent. Yes, it's important to have talent, but you need to "showcase" your talent in a way that will help the coach see your value to the team. We're going to address this topic in 3 parts: Off-Ice Strategy On-Ice Strategy…
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Holiday Hockey via Pops Ryan

Coaches' Corner, Miscellaneous, Philosophy
Happy Holidays from Weiss Tech Hockey! This poem came to me via Pops Ryan, Head Coach of the Rowan University Women's Team. It was too good not to share... I know the feeling! If your patience is tested, and your energy diminished, Stay loyal to your team – the season’s only half finished. If your leader in assists is still the goaltender, Stay true to your dream – show no sign of surrender. If they miss open nets, and are always short-handed Stay upbeat at all times – in Hockey that’s demanded. If you start to lose faith, because your team’s losing ground Remember, it takes just one goal to turn things around So may the rest of this season be nothing but thrills May you be 99% on the…
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Have you joined Hockey Community yet?

Coaches' Corner, Miscellaneous, Useful Products
Hockey Community is the future of rec hockey organization! A few months ago I came in contact with Alex Toulemond, developer of Hockey Community, a place where hockey players can connect with other players in their own community to start teams, join existing teams, and find other playing opportunities at their local rinks! The site is brand new, but I believe it has the potential to become a staple for rec hockey players everywhere. In the video above, I show you a few of the key features at Hockey Community, but you really have to go check it out yourself! Here's the link: http://hockey-community.com This site is picking up steam fast, they've already been featured on CBC... check this out!! You're gonna love this site, check it out today! Weiss
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Slapshot Challenge

Miscellaneous, Off-ice Training
Slapshot Challenge As you know, I'm a HUGE advocate of improving your game during the off-season. I've found that the off-season is a time where you can make massive gains in strength and speed, as well as a time where you can fine tune other elements of your game like shooting and stickhandling. My attitude toward the benefits off-season training is part of the reason I got so excited when my good buddy Jeremy Rupke over at howtohockey.com told me about his idea to create the Slapshot Challenge. He is challenging every hockey player to improve their slapshot this summer, and will be coming out with loads of material to help you along the way. Here's a quick video with the details: I've known Jeremy for a while now, and…
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