Wednesday Drill of the Week: Cutback Shooting

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An individual skill drill for forwards this week. The drill starts with X1 (black) carrying a puck on a wide drive outside the dots. Continuing to drive below the goal line, X1 then executes a cutback. X2 (green) times his departure, leaving so that he will arrive below the goal line at an appropriate time to execute an overlap (or scissor) move with X1. On this overlap, X1 drops the puck to X2. X2 then drives towards the back of the net and cuts back, creating space to make a play. X1 has now continued to find the soft spot in the zone (just inside the dot). X2 passes to X1 who catches & shoots on net.

Forwards should focus on their individual habits in this drill – playing with their head up, keeping their hands away from their body, making plays at speed. Coaches can add in token defensive pressure on the drive and on the overlap play to help simulate game play.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: 1v1 Conditioning

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A cross ice conditioning game for this week.

Players start off playing 1v1. When the offensive player gets a shot on goal, he/she changes with their line. Each line shoots at the net closest to their line. This creates a constant pressure situation as well as the potential for a conditioning element for one side. It is a continuous game.

This game can also be done in a 1v1 situation where you add a player on a shot on goal, maximum of 2 on either team. This further creates a conditioning scenario, where one player often gets stuck out on the ice defending. It becomes a change on the whistle game.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: D Skill Shooting

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This drill is a modified version of one that I watch Kyle Wallack run.

The drill starts with D on opposite blue lines and Forwards in two lines in the center of the blue line. F1 and F2 exchange a puck while F1 skates towards F2 (rapid fire bumps). F1 then mohawks out to the boards. Meanwhile, D1 and D2 have been exchanging a puck while D1 walks the blue line for a shot (1). D2 then places a puck for D1 near the top of the circle. D1 surrounds it and fires a quick up pass to F1. F1 skates in for a shot on net. D1 now follows the play up ice and recieves a pass from the opposite D line as they hit the blue line, catching and shooting in stride.

The drill then alternates sides, with F2 skating towards F1 line while bumping, etc. This drill could also be done full ice just using defenseman, as the drill primarily focuses on d skills (hence the title).

D Skill Shooting works four specific skills for defensemen:

  1. Walking the blue line while passing (keep eyes up and quick release)
  2. Surrounding a puck, finding your target before you retrieve and firing a quick up pass in the neutral zone
  3. Joining the rush/activating from the offensive blue line
  4. Catching a pass in stride and quickly releasing a shot

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Norton 2v0

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A 2v0 multiple attack drill courtesy of Pat Norton (Head Coach at Tufts University). The drill starts with forwards in the four corners – you can start them in line with the dots or you can start them wider, it all depends on the desired spacing. This drill is good for forwards to get comfortable with scissoring and attacking quickly on a 2v0.

All four lines have pucks, starting out of alternating sides simultaneously. X1 makes a long pass to X2 who starts to move up ice. X2 scissors with X1 (optional drop pass) and then they attack the net in the crease 2v0. At the same time, X and X3 would execute the same thing, attacking the net near the blue line.

The second part of the drill is done behind the net. It still starts with a long pass, then a scissor and 2v0 attack. The forwards can attack on the same side of the net, or one can go around the far side for different spacing.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: 6 Pass 2v1

This one might be a little confusing but I’m going to give it a shot.

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The drill starts with the F at the blue line (XF) making a pass to the F in the corner (black dotted line). They exchange passes as the blueline F skates towards the corner F (purple dotted line). At the same time, the D in the corner passes D-D and then up to the point (green) – the point D walks the blue line for a long shot on net.

When the blue line F gets close to the corner, he passes to the corner D (pink dotted line) who initiates a breakout sequence with both Forwards (blue dotted lines). The two F then go into the Neutral Zone and regroup, while the D who took the long shot gaps up and plays them 2v1.

This drill creates an unbalanced, quick hitter 2v1 while incorporating a lot of passes and puck movement on one half of the ice.

Airplane Mode

You know the announcement.

“The cabin door has been closed. At this time please power down or switch your handheld devices into airplane mode for the duration of the flight.”

Everyone tries to sneak in that last text, video, facebook post, etc. before the flight attendant catches them.

But I don’t want to talk about to flights today. I want to talk about using Airplane Mode in my everyday life.

I, just like 99% of smartphone owners, have become addicted to my device. The dopamine hit you get from the buzz or ding of a text, email or social media message has become part of our daily lives.

Smartphones have become so onmipresent in our lives that we have to make announcements and signs to tell people to put them away during the most important times in our lives – weddings, funerals, holidays, etc, etc, etc.

These devices trick us into thinking we’re being productive and efficient because we use them all day. In reality, they are a major distraction from some of the most important things that we do – administrative work, creative work, and true, personal communication.

Luckily, these addiction machines have a great feature that allow us to eliminate the noise. We can put them in airplane mode. No contact with the outside cell world. No texts, calls, emails, tweets, snapchats, etc. Just focus.

Starting today, I am going to spend at least 90 minutes every day in airplane mode. I’ll use it to create copy, watch video, design practices/drills, read, write, have lunch with a colleague or mentor, who knows? What I do know, is that for 90 minutes every day I’ll be able to turn off the world and focus on the present.

 

Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics is widely regarded as one of the best and brightest minds in coaching today. Two articles in the last week have started to pull back some of the layers surrounding Brad and what makes him successful.

ESPN’s TrueHoop did this piece on him last week, and the Boston Globe profiled him yesterday.

Two things stand out to me from the articles. First, in the ESPN piece, Kyrie Irving made the statement that “…every single possession matters to him”. Second, Brad himself says in the Globe article that, “…the magic is in the work.”

Two small snippets from the stories that illustrate Brad’s commitment to work and his understanding that every detail matters.

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