CARD 7b – CATCH WITH A PARTNER WHILE MOVING
Using formation B500, play a game of catch while moving around a small area of the ice. Partners can move anywhere on the ice while throwing and catching the ball. Groups larger than two can be used. This game helps in balance, using the edges, turning, and stopping.
CARD 5 – AVOIDING OBSTACLES
These skating exercises are performed individually using formation A1:
Walk on ice.
The coach spreads pucks all around on the other side of the ice. Walk to where the pucks are by stepping over the sticks laid on the ice. See how many pucks you can collect.
Put hurdles on the ice (60-70 cm in height). Get the skaters to pass under them to go and collect the pucks. (This forces them to bend their knees).
Combine the going over the sticks and under the hurdles to provide a new challenge.
Introduce the tennis ball. Start by passing the ball from one hand to the other while walking across the width of the arena.
Try to do the same thing while skating backwards.
CARD 8 – KEEP AWAY WITH BALL
Players will work in small teams (2 on 2, 3 on 3, etc.) to throw and catch a ball keeping it away from another team. Players may use the entire ice surface. Make sure all players are wearing their gloves so their hands are protected from the skate blades. This game works all of the skating skills and helps the players develop split vision.
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HOCKEY COACHING: The ABC’s of International Hockey By Juhani Wahlsten and Tom Molloy