A PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPING THE COMPLETE PLAYER
Skating school plus games and contests, the idea of this level is for the players to be able to move in all directions with and without the puck. The first offensive role, being able to carry the puck with your head up, is emphasized. There is no need to teach passing, receiving and shooting at this level of player development. It is better to learn to skate and carry the puck and then play games. Falling and getting up while playing is a good exercise too. During the modified games young players experience the need for more advanced skill, this makes them more receptive later when these skills are introduced. Any skill taught that doesn’t relate to personal experience, and fulfill needs, may have no meaning for the players.