Anyone can skate, stick handle, and shoot while maneuvering around cones. Skills Training is only partial to a player’s development. Even after learning and executing systematic team play, the next step is to engage in player on player competition. The game of hockey is played in traffic! “The team that wants it more, is the team that is going to win!
Winning your battles
- The game of hockey is heavily dependent upon winning your battles. These battles consist of 1 to 5 players, not including the goalie, at a time.
- When evenly matched, you must physically and mentally beat your opponent. There is no room for weakness or lack of hunger for the puck. You will engage in battles of foot speed, puck control, and physical play. The player who wants it more will win!
- When shorthanded you must consider your options! Finding a teammate to move the puck to, getting a shot, dumping the puck into the opposing teams zone, or containing the puck; are some of these options. Do NOT simply throw the puck away!
- When outmanning the opposition, utilize your teammates! A phrase you constantly hear from us is, “The puck moves faster than you skate.” There is no room for selfish play in a team game!
- This is a contact sport! Players 13 years old and above should be trained in how to deliver and receive a body check.
- When delivering a body check, make contact with your opponent in the shoulder/chest region. Head contact is not acceptable, and could result in serious injury! Do not duck on a player at the knees; this could also result in serious injury. A Proper Hip check is delivered hip to hip.
- When receiving a check, use your shoulder to protect yourself, while shielding the puck! Keeping your head up along the boards and at center ice, as well as never turning your back to the opposition along the boards, are some ways you can protect yourself from serious injury!
- The older you get, the more physical the game gets. Physical training off and on the ice are imperative! Your toughness and awareness will constantly be tested