Hockey Coaching ABCs
JuhaniWahlsten –Tom Molloy
BASIC SKILLS: SKATING
A2, MODULE 9
Spread out around the ice, walk around a partner backwards, one way and then the other.
Skate around the same partner. Glide on the out- side skate with the weight on the inside edge. With the inside skate reach and plant the blade on the ice and then pull in using the outside edge. The outside skate stays on the ice and the inside skate does a series of PLANT AND PULL.
Skate fast down the ice using back crossovers.
Start with the toes in and make a stride under to the inside with 1 skate, reach over this skate with
the other skate and stride. Do 3 of these strides and then reach under to the inside with the other skate. These crossovers are used for quick acceleration.
Skate backwards down the ice using crossovers for the first 6 strides, then make alternating C cuts with bent knees, back straight and seat down. Push, using the middle of the skate blade.
Skate backwards down the ice doing a figure 8 in the neutral zone.
Skate backwards down the ice with the stick held over the head in order to practice skating with the back and head up.
Skate backwards the length of the ice doing a figure 8 on each side of the red line. By doing this in a group it forces the players to keep their heads up so they won’t collide with another skater.
BASIC SKILLS: SHOOTING
This is the basic formation used in teaching shoot- ing techniques. The players have pucks and line up within shooting distance from the board and the nets. The players will shoot at either the boards or the net.
B1, BASIC FORMATION
Teaching points: Practice a particular type for so many repetitions, for example say, “Practice 50 wrist shots.” The coaches should skate around so they can watch each player shoot and give the players feedback.
Observe if the players are using the 4 phases of shooting:
Weight transfer to produce force.
Follow through at the target. This is also a good time to watch the goalies’ basic stance and positioning.
BASIC SKILLS: SHOOTING
Stationary shooting at the boards or net using the sweep shot
Stationary shooting at target on boards using a backhand shot.
Stationary shooting at the boards or net using the wrist shot.
B1, MODULE 1