August 13, 2015 at 5:32 pm #1309
Background: 35 years coaching competitive hockey.Recently (4 years ) at cross ice/1/2 ice mites with 70 kids. ADM compliant its not bad but heres part of my itch. Shooting is too individual, we are training players to go to the net alone. A reliance on SMG for game skill and learning without stated goals. A continued over reach on stick handling that I would call overhandling making future puck protection frustrating. A lack of reliance on team for rudimentary support of the puck, (i.e.) first to the puck , second , third… and first on the puck , second , third… When I say these things I am looking for feedback hockey is still a young sport and of the big five hockey ranks the highest in terms of chance playing a role in results. that said should we be teaching position according to the puck or the ice sheet? Should we be teaching support according to position or possession? Before you answer think of what we have seen as an evolution in the game in the last 25 to 30 years. Include herbie brooks,Tarasov , Upi, and the bowmans all the way to this years cup teams. The game is changing but many of the things we teach are still based on a gatekeeper mentality (ADM) and not a teaching games for understanding method. Can we do better?August 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm #1311
The smart take from the strong.
Watching the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs it seemed that they tried to out tough MN Wild. I am guessing the smarter team won. Small sample size I know. But can players be trained to be smarter?
Goal – To create more offensive minded players. As seen in every rink when a team goes on the power play the struggle becomes real. It is rare to see players take over a power play, create and attack 2 v 1’s.
The idea is to explore ways to raise many player’s abilities to plays with and without the puck.
Offensively there are two roles in hockey. 1) Play with the puck 2) Support of the puck carrier.
Based on the premise that it takes longer to develop offensive skills:
Teach players that they are not alone on the ice needs to begin at an early age.
Teach players to actively support the puck.
Teach puck skills that give the puck carrier offensive options.
What is the next step?
Vernacular – Using specific labels for tactics. i.e. “target” a player in support of the puck and in a goal scoring position. “Support” a player in support of the puck but not in a goal scoring position. “Puck” the player with the puck.
We do not have to teach that scoring is fun
Teach players that they are not alone on the ice.
Increase and incorporate drills that involve more players. Ask the players to recognize time and teammates.
What can we learn from historical practices?
Where do small games fit in?
Small games w/o rules or questions are a waste of time.
Pond hockey is often referred to as a panacea but really it just gave the top 15% a chance to have the puck more often. Pond/open hockey is great for the players who are already pretty good. (or driven)
Small games, designed so players learn the 4 roles of hockey while playing, can be effective. This only happens by engaging the players brains before, during and after their shift.
Where do practice drills fit in?
Drills must incorporate multiple players.
The diamond – Drills must teach players the 2nd and 3rd step (answer the “now what?”). I just received a pass and now what do I do?. Player A has the puck if it is passed to player C what does B do? The diamond is the idea that support players must always create a diamond shape with the puck carrier.
Skills – where do they fit in?
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