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Objectives:

  • To develop a skating rhythm.

  • Review the balance position by requiring the students to jump and turn while doing tasks with a ball and skate.

  • To introduce players to stickhandling and puck control. This is the first practice that requires the players to use their sticks.

CARD 6 – HAND and FOOT COORDINATION

These skating exercises are performed individually using formation A1:

  • Skate while passing the puck from one foot to the other.

  • Skate while bouncing the ball from one hand to the other in the same time as you move from one foot to the other.

  • Skate passing the ball from one hand to the other as you skate from one foot to the other.

  • Skate passing the puck between the feet and the ball from hand to hand while skating forward.

  • Same exercise as above but backward.

  • Put some hurdles on the ice and try to jump over some (10cm) and slide under others (40cm).

  • To increase the level of difficulty, add low hurdles and ask the skaters to first step over while bouncing the ball on the ice.

  • Spread pucks around the ice and the players move around the ice and pick up the pucks by bending their knees and keeping a straight back. They then put the pucks into the puck bag. This activity works on the proper skating posture and balance.

CARD 11b – BRITISH PUCK DOG

This game has the players line up at the end of the rink in the A2 formation. Each player has a puck. One player (who is ‘it’) is at the blue line and calls out ‘British Puck-dog.‘ The players stickhandle the puck, trying to get to the end, without being checked. If a player loses the puck, she becomes ‘it’ and is in the middle checking. The last player with a puck wins.

CARD 6b – INCREASING MANOEUVERABILITY

These skating exercises are performed individually using formation A1:

  • Skate forward and hop over a low hurdle then as quickly as possible turn around and catch the ball thrown by a teammate or a coaching assistant.

  • Same as above, but upon landing turn around the opposite direction.

  • Skate forward and hop over the hurdle, then fall in a roll and get up turn around catch the ball.

  • Same exercise, but the other direction (turning around the other way).

  • Jump over a hurdle, crouch under the next one then do a slalom around five pylons on one foot then jump over the last hurdle and catch the ball as you jump.

  • Repeat the same exercise, but doing the slalom on the opposite foot.

  • Skate forward stop and as you stop, you will catch the ball thrown to you at the same time as the stop command.

  • Skate backward and then at the command, turn around as your partner throws the ball for you to catch.

  • Same exercise but turn around the other way.

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HOCKEY COACHING: The ABC’s of International Hockey By Juhani Wahlsten and Tom Molloy

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