Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drills of the Week

Partners in Speed

These are the partner drills that we did as a group during our "Battle Tested" clinic. They are excellent for foot speed and really target the techniques used in all battle situations that players might find themselves engaged in during games and practices.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Great Hockey Canada Resource

Hockey Canada Drill Hub

Fantastic and comprehensive drill site that is now on the Hockey Canada site. Includes drills, in pdf as well as accompanying videos. Awesome skill development drills, as well as complete practices. If you join (for free) you get access to more drills and the ability to put practices together from their drill database. Excellent resource to bookmark, and I will add it to our "Drills Categorized by Skills" sidebar. See the link below.

Hockey Canada Drill Hub link


NGHA Coaches Clinic #4 - "Battle Tested"

NGHA Coaching Clinic #4 - "Battle Tested" 

Please join us Monday January 19, 2015 @ Sportsplex3 from 8:30-10:30 PM  for the next in our series of NGHA Coaches Clinics.

During this clinic we will be focused on teaching the fundamental skills, body position, and dynamic movements that contribute to a players ability to battle for pucks and position in all areas of the ice. Our focus will be on how players can establish and maintain position and strength in a variety of game situations, ultimately giving them an advantage during any and all puck battles they are engaged in.

Some of the skills  we will focus on are: creating and battling for space, getting open to receive passes, body position in front of the net, moving to open & tight spaces,  puck handling in tight spaces, puck protection, and offensive and defensive battle postures. Drills will be game relevant and use a variety of battle zones (Front of net, corners, side boards, etc).

Again, this is a great clinic not only for head coaches, but for all assistant coaches and on ice staff to attend. These clinics are designed to help all coaches of  all levels and age ranges and we strongly encourage increased participation from our competitive stream of coaches. If you cannot attend, please send a representative from your staff. 

Prior to the on-ice session we would like to lead another "Hot Stove" discussion addressing issues our NGHA coaches face throughout the course of a season. 

***Again, we will be capping the number of coaches at the first 50 to sign up. 

To be included please be sure to:
  1. Let us know you will be coming by emailing ASAP
  2. Arrive at the Sportsplex by 8:25
  3. Bring your gear because you will be going on the ice
See you January 19th,
NGHA Coach Development Team

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Drill of the Week

 Ice Knight Drill Set

Wishing all our great coaches a very Happy New Year! I wanted to start 2015 right, with a great development drill for all ages.

I love this drill as it provides focus on skill development in multiple areas with multiple reps. It is a small space skill set that can be done at multiple age and skill levels. This is a fantastic drill for young defenseman as it targets multiple facets of their game (lateral movement, transitions, quick passes).