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CARD 12 – FREEZE TAG

Players may use the entire ice surface (or a smaller area) to skate freely. One person is it and will attempt to tag the other skaters. When a player is tagged, they must stay (freeze) where they were touched. To be freed, another free player must slide on her stomach between the frozen players legs. Players should not slide from behind a frozen player, as this may lead to serious injury. Make sure all players are wearing their hockey gloves. This game uses all skating skills, especially agility on skates.

CARD 13 – A2 BASIC FORMATION

The players are lined up at one end of the rink and divided into four groups. This allows the players to recover their energy between skating exercises and it also makes it easier for the coach to watch the players. Most of the exercises and tasks are done between the blue lines.

Organization: The coach organizes the players into four groups. The first group leaves on the whistle. The next groups leave when the group ahead of them reaches the first blue line. The players stop at the end of the rink. These exercises are done lengthwise.

CARD 13b - BALANCE

Have all players perform the following skating exercises using formation A2:

  • Group skating from one end to another, using long strides.

  • Group skating knee up between the blue lines.

  • Group skating and doing squats between the blue lines.

  • Group skating and doing the squats on the lines

  • Jumping the lines while skating down the ice.

  • Alternating front and back kicks between the blue lines.

  • "Shoot the duck" between the blue lines by squatting low on one leg while extending the other leg forward.

  • Toe-in, toe-out skate and glide between the blue lines.

CARD 12b – PULL KNEELING PARTNER RACE

Using formation A2 players get in partners at one end of the ice. The players hold one stick in each hand and pull a partner one length of the ice. At the other end, the partner pulls the first skater back. Stress bending knees and toeing out. This activity causes the skater to toe out, using more of the skate blade and a longer stride.

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

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