Some Frequently Asked Questions on the Swing Regroup In our Coaches' Training Course we outline the fundamentals of the Swing Regroup, which is one of my favorite regroup set-ups. Over the past few weeks, I've received a number of emails with questions on the Swing Regroup. So I figured it was time to put together an FAQ video. The problem many coaches were having, was differentiating between the "textbook version" and the "read and react version." In other words... in a perfect world, we draw up the play, and the players perform it exactly as diagrammed, AKA textbook execution. However, in the actual game, sometimes it happens as planned, but many times it doesn't. In these cases there's a degree of improvisation that needs to be accounted for... this is…
A few Offensive Zone Faceoff options that have worked well for me in the past Here are a few of my favorite offensive zone faceoff options. Remember, it is up to the centerman to make sure everyone is ready, and on the same page before the puck is dropped. I recommend naming your faceoff plays so the communication is quick and simple before the draw. Enjoy!
Two variations of the "T" Penalty Kill Forecheck I've always been a fan of the "T" PK Forecheck. If done correctly, it is very effective at stopping the other team's breakout, and causes a lot of turnovers in the neutral zone. Over the years, I've developed a slightly "beefed up" version of the "T" Forecheck, that is more aggressive, and just as safe (if not, safer!). In this video, I show you both versions. As you'll see in the video, the second version can actually cause a lot of offensive-zone turnovers and odd-man rushes... ON YOUR PK!! Enjoy!
Use the Swing Regroup to create multiple passing options and to provide solid support through the neutral zone The Swing Regroup is a more advanced set-up for players who understand timing and support tactics, and can present themselves as passing options in multiple receiving zones. If your team is ready to learn this style of regroup, it can be extremely effective, and will set you up to enter the offensive zone with great positioning! If your team is younger, or less experienced, set them up on the "Post-Up" Regroup first, then work toward adding this one later on. Enjoy!
Use the 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck to trap your opponent in his zone The 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck is a great forecheck to add to your hockey systems repertoire. When executed correctly, it is effective at all levels of play, from youth all the way up through Junior and College level hockey. The key to making this forechecking system work is to have everybody know, understand, and execute their roles properly. When this happens, the 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck works similarly to a neutral zone trap - except that it happens in the offensive zone! CLICK HERE to check out our "FAQ" on the 1-2-2 "Foosball" Forecheck (expanded discussion). Enjoy!