Shutting It Off

From the New York Times:

You’re Too Busy. You Need a ‘Shultz Hour.’ https://nyti.ms/2pw0Fv3

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8 Coaching Mistakes I Wish I Never Made

We all make mistakes. Players, coaches, people. The best thing we can do is learn from others and recognize potential mistakes before they happen.

A great article with some timely reminders for a Monday morning:

8 Coaching Mistakes I Wish I Never Made

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Bandits Backcheck

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A backcheck/transition drill this week.

The drill starts with five O players stationary – two F’s below the goal line, one high F3 and two D on the blueline. X starts with the puck on the half wall.

On the whistle, X takes off with the puck. The D play the rush while F3 backpressures the puck carrier (or however you structure your backchecks). Either the D or F3 angle the puck carrier into the wall and force a turnover while the other player retrieves the puck and quickly transitions it up ice to either F. The defensive team then transitions to a 3v0 attack on net (D join the play).

To add another element to the drill, place two defensive D down low with the forwards below the goal line for a 3v2 offensive attack.

I really like this drill as a transition, gap, reattack game scenario for all players involved.

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: Two Cone Agility

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A simple yet effective agility drill for forwards or defenseman.

Player skates in from just above the top of the circle carrying a puck. The player does a figure 8 around both cones, then passes the puck to the coach standing at the far dot. Coach gives an instantaneous return pass which is one-touched into the net.

The drill is designed to focus solely on the players’ edgework. The variance lies in the skating movement around the cones. First have the player go through on one foot with just inside edges (right at bottom, left at top). Then just outside edges. Then two feet tight turn. Then open hip. Then stop at the bottom, crossover accelerate around the top.

Again, simple drill but change the skating movement to help develop edges, balance and acceleration.

This Is What It’s All About

Great article from the Players Tribune and Jimmy Vesey about playing college hockey:

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jimmy-vesey-harvard-hockey/

Wednesday Drill of the Week: 4v4 3 Net Game

A summer camp special this week – we’ve instituted it in practices this season and it’s been a huge addition to help our guys develop awareness, feel and creativity on the ice.

4v4 3 Nets

The drill is 4v4. Players are on two teams on the benches. They can score on any net – the net in the middle of the ice is worth 2 points. Change on the whistle. If you only have two goalies, use a small net for the NZ goal.

Coaches should encourage change of direction, using the whole ice, and communication in this drill – the more the players spread out and utilize space, the better their chances for success.