Spring is an interesting time of year for the hockey world. There is seemingly no end to the options available for the competitive hockey player in the “off” season – if you are offering a training option, here are some tips (from a coaching perspective) to make sure you’re serving your athletes effectively.
- Tempo: If you are expecting your athletes to compete at the same level they did over the previous 6 months, you’ll likely be disappointed. There is nothing wrong with expecting effort, but understand the early phases of the off season need to be about lower tempo, higher detail. Get in-depth with whatever skill you’re looking to teach and make sure you’re armed with the proper technical knowledge to effectively communicate the key components.
- Skating: It becomes tempting as a coach to overlook incorporating skating in to each session. It isn’t always exciting, it’s not a player-favorite, it’s an extremely intricate art, and you have to make sure your goalies are still getting beneficial training. The bottom line is there is not a single skater on your ice who does not need to work on their skating. Players and coaches who truly embrace skill development understand this is an extremely important topic.
- Games: Off-season games don’t make your players better, in fact they usually just create bad habits – habits you will need to spend time fixing later. Most spring / summer games are simply glorified rat hockey. This isn’t to say you can’t play any games over the off-season, simply use them sparingly and in an amount appropriate to the level you are coaching. The more competitive the team, the fewer games necessary.
- Off Ice Training: If you are involved with a competitive team, age-appropriate off ice training is a must. Look for qualified professionals to train your players or at minimum oversee the program design. While most coaches are well-meaning, the likelihood of injury skyrockets when the person running the workout is unqualified. A proper off ice training program should include measures to correct specific pattern overloads created by our sport.
- Planning: Many coaches view the spring and summer as a time to “wing” it when they hit the ice. While many coaches can “wing” the drills being run, the concept being taught should not. Plan the skills you want to cover and build a skill progression. This way even if you don’t have time to put together the specific practice plan, you will still be able to teach the concepts in the correct sequences. It is always best to have the full practice plan created and saved for future reference.
If you’re looking for some training ideas, have a look at our video section with over 100 skill videos and our free hockey drill library featuring over 1,100 drills. Best of luck this off season!
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Eric Hoffberg (“Hoff”) is a brilliant mind when it comes to leadership and mental toughness. He spends his days training professional athletes and coaches as well as top corporate executives – but one of his true passions is hockey. Hoff recently shared a great document for coaches focused around raising self-awareness around the leadership and attitude. Every coach who is serious about creating a winning culture should give this document a serious look.
Download Hoff’s Self-Awareness Questions (PDF)
A little background on “Hoff”:
Eric Hoffberg spent 16 years coaching hockey, college, then pro. Originally from Rochester NY, Hoffberg was the head coach at RIT all through the 90’s. Today, Hoffberg works as both a Corporate Coach for leaders and executives across the country that are looking to build High Performance Cultures and as a Mental Toughness Trainer for athletes that are looking for a greater understanding of how to focus under pressure. He is the author of two great books (Think Strong Reminders and Think Strong for Athletes) for training attitude and mindset. Learn more about Hoff at www.erichoffberg.com.
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A 3v2 rush is a great opportunity to generate offensive chances – if executed correctly. Here’s an article explaining several ways to approach a 3v2 rush. The article includes several still shots and game videos.
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HockeyShare has put together two videos illustrating tips & tricks for teaching the penalty kill for both forwards and defensemen. The videos cover keys to look for during coverage as well as technique and positional topics.
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Several months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to Eric Hoffberg. Eric trains many elite-level (pro, college, junior, etc) hockey athletes and a lot of corporate clients in the art of mental toughness. Through many conversations, Eric and I quickly realized how much we had in common in terms of our views on not only the game but also on mental training, and began immediately working on creating content together. We are excited to announce a June 2014 launch of our first product together titled: A Different Approach. The program is all about how to build and plan your season with intention, and we know it will give you some great ideas and thinking points.
In the meantime, we both wanted to offer some thoughts and provide a resource for coaches to begin thinking differently about their team right away. Given the timing, we felt like a quick one-page download focused on year-end meetings would be relevant. The year-end meeting can pave the path to success for the next year and when used effectively can encourage athletes to invest time in their development during the off-season. Below is a link to a free PDF download of some key ideas on how to hold high-quality year-end meetings. We hope you find the content useful and valuable:
Download the FREE PDF on Holding High-Quality Year-End Meetings
Stay tuned to www.hockeyshare.com for the latest on A Different Approach. For more on Eric Hoffberg, you can visit his site at www.erichoffberg.com or follow him on Twitter @erichoffberg
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The Boston Bruins put on a clinic on the importance of net drives and net front presence in their 6-3 win over the NY Rangers on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. Also notice the puck support when entering the zone – great examples:
Boston – Goal #1: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020916-221-h Quality puck dump, aggressive 1st man, solid puck support, net drive
Boston – Goal #2: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020916-401-h Good rush / puck support, net drive, patience with puck on entry, D activating in rush
Boston – Goal #3: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020916-419-h Quality puck movement, movement away from puck (players making themselves available for the puck carrier), net front presence
Boston – Goal #4: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020916-632-h Great patience entering the zone, good puck protection, net drive
Boston – Goal #5: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020916-643-h Aggressive puck pursuit w/ good containment creates turnover, wide drive to allow support, net drive
Boston – Goal #6: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020916-865-h Good puck movement in zone, net front presence for tip
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We have gotten a lot of great feedback from users on our video on attacking the high seam off the half-wall. Lots of people wrote us asking to see it in action, so we provided a series of links to additional videos showing the use of the seam to either create a goal or set one up. In case you missed our video – we have embedded it below. The example video links are located below the video.
Examples of this seam in action:
Basic Example: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020618-325-h (watch how the D pulls up at the hash marks)
Power Play Example: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/?id=2013020603-660-h
Different Angle of Attack on the Same Seam: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020616-342-h
Seam Off a Faceoff: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020616-350-h
Seam Exploited Off a Contained Rush: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020613-635-h
Seam w/ Pass: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020615-261-h (Pause the video 4 seconds in – notice how the strong-side winger has turned his body and committed in to the puck carrier, opening up the point option)
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The 7th Annual 10,000 Pucks Contest is about to begin. Last year we had over 5.4 million shots logged world-wide by over 1,400 players. This year’s contest looks to be bigger than ever. Thanks to our prize sponsor for the contest HockeyShot.com.
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Kevin from HockeyShare.com was recently featured on a podcast from Weiss Tech Hockey. Founder of Weiss Tech Hockey, Jeremy Weiss, and Kevin Muller discuss in-depth strategies for the off-season from both a player and coach standpoint.
Podcast Page at Weiss Tech Hockey | Weiss Tech Hockey Podcast on iTunes
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Surrounding the puck is a skill for any advanced level player to master. It involves quickly turning your body around the puck to execute a pass in another direction quickly. In this video, we demonstrate the concept in the neutral zone.
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