Friday, October 12, 2012

Four Types of Reverse Breakouts:

                                      "D" to "D" Reverse  Defense @ Net

"D" to "D" Reverse - Defense Up Ice

Reverse Strong Side

Double Reverse 


  • The checkers skates must be pointing in same direction as puck carrier
  • Stick of forechecker middle ice

Twelve Ways To Improve Your Practices & Team:


This is a copy of my philosophy on practice planning for my 14 and under club. My program is based on 11 ingredients:

1. Structure, Structure, Structure:

A successful practice has to be well planned and organized, following a clear set of objectives from start to finish.

  • Dynamic Stretching & Warm Up Off-Ice  
  • Properly warming up the muscles and ligaments of the body is essential for avoiding injury
  • Proper cool down after practice

2. Simple Warm-up On-Ice Stressing 1 or 2 Passing Drills: 

  • Effective warm-ups allow the players to become mentally and physically focused to begin the practice
  • Spend a few minutes stretching center ice - If you have the ice time available.

 3. Fundamentals & Defense: 

  • We work fundamentals and defense daily
  • We take pride in the fact our players are equipped with the basics in puck handling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defensive fundamentals 

4) Game Preparation: 

  • Keep things simple and progress 
  • The key is executing the system and tactics being used
  • Always be working on understanding how to read & react both on defense and offense

 5. Predictable & Variety:  

  • Practice can become easily boring with the same drills 
  • I keep my schedule and practice format predictable, but continually introduce new progressions and drills to my practice
  • I stay with drills until they master them 
  • If I sense things are becoming to boring I change the format 

6. Competition: 
  • Encourage an atmosphere of hard competition too simulate a game-like level of play
  • One of the best ways to create competition is to add back and forward pressure
  • Keep score at practice of the things you are focusing on

7. Accountability: 

  • Considering rewarding hard play (I.e. Hustling for loose pucks, winning battles on the boards and getting rebounds.)
  • Hold your players accountable for their performance
  • Provide continuous positive feedback, and punishing poor play

 8. Winning & Improving Is Fun: 

  • Don't take yourself too seriously
  • Make sure your players are having fun or they'll lose their drive and focus for training.

9. We focus on drill that stress the following: 

  • Multiple touches & reps
  • Multiple groups
  • Multiple skill drills

10.  Utilize Small Area Ice Drill:

  • The younger the group, the more time I would spend on small ice drills.

  • Small area drills give you more touches & reps
  • Isolate one or more skills

11. End With Small Games

Work on basic game principles including; Pressure, Possession, Defense,  Passing, Movement, Shooting & Rebounding! Set the game up to target an area of your performance.

  • Design small side to sided games
  • Diagonal half-ice games 

12. Teams need to Scrimmage:
  • Practice game situations 
  • It is very hard to duplicating game situations with drills

Power Thoughts:

"Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex."
                                                                            -Norman Vincent Peale

"Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality."   -Earl Nightingale 

Sports Psychology Tips:

Create a List and Improve Your Game: 

Dennis O'Connor, consider America's Greatest Sailor, won the America's Cup four times. Dennis O'Connor, "said"  The list is a powerful tool. The list allows you to mentally prepare, prioritize and visualize the steps necessary to win."  Research shows, when you write down performance goals on a list, your chances of succeeding increase. Make the time today to create your list. Write down, outline your goals and improve your chances to win.  

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