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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Power Turn Give & Go

Power Turn Give & Go

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing, Shooting, Skating & Agility
Power Turn Give & Go Awesome drill for working on controlling the puck through a power turn. After going through simulated traffic, players explode out for a give & go pass with coach. Power Turn Give & Go: 1. Power turn through the cones 2. Give & Go with Coach 3. Drive Wide, and Attack the Net USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN: Download PDF Printout Download DrillDraw Import File Add to HockeyShare
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3 Shot Hockey Warm-Up Drill

3 Shot Hockey Warm-Up Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Shooting, Skating & Agility
3 Shot Hockey Warm-Up Drill This is a great drill to get players' legs going at the beginning of practice. It's high tempo, and combines agility skating, with puck control, and shooting in motion. Enjoy! 3 Shot Hockey Warm-Up Drill: 1. Players line up in diagonal corners 2. On whistle, 3 players from each line leave together 3. Player 1 drives wide and shoots 4. Player 2 cuts around the 1st and 2nd cones and shoots from the middle 5. Player 3 cuts around the 1st and 3rd cones and shoots from the far side 6. All shots should be from tops of the circles VARIATIONS: designate different shot types USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN: Download PDF Printout Download DrillDraw Import File Add to HockeyShare
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Teaching Defense to 7-Year-Olds

Teaching Defense to 7-Year-Olds

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Defensive Tactics, Hockey Drills, Individual Skills, Skating, Team Skill Drills, Team Skills, Team Strategy
Teaching Defense to 7-Year-Olds I recently received an email asking about 1 on 1 strategy for 7-year-old defensemen. The coach asked whether he should be teaching the players to play it skating backward (even though they don't skate well backward yet), or starting forward then pivoting backward, or something else altogether. I thought it was a great topic for discussion, and one I'm currently dealing with as well, since I'm working with the same age group on my son's team. So... as I always say, here's my two cents worth: Angle First, then Build to Backwards Most 7-year-olds aren't capable of skating backwards well enough to play a proper 1 on 1. But there are still 1 on 1s in games. So what do you do? Here's my strategy: Put…
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