6 Tips To Maximize Your Hockey Practice

6 Tips For Hockey Coaches to Maximize Practice

Below are 6 tips hockey coaches can use to maximize practice time.

Not every practice is going to run smoothly and be perfect. But if you aim to make practice the best part of your players week and the best part of your week, great things will unfold throughout the season.

Let’s face it, the cost of ice time is extremely expensive and it's on the rise. As a result, it is critical for organizations and coaches to work to make the most out of their time on the ice. Before we jump into tips on how to make the most out of practice, let’s make it a point to remember two important questions:

4 Drills To Practice Changing Your Shot Angle

4 Drills To Practice Changing Your Shot Angle

4 hockey drills to practice changing your shooting angle like Auston Matthews does. View video examples of Matthews and video demonstrations of how to practice this skill!

As each season passes by, the science of goaltending continues to improve and evolve. This evolution has made it harder for players to simply fire a puck and hit the back of the net.

Goaltender angles and movements are scientifically measured to reduce open areas of the net. The butterfly is commonplace and goalies of all age levels are able to track pucks with t-pushes and shuffles. As a result of this, it is critical for players to work on new techniques aimed at surprising and confusing goaltenders.

Thank You Hockey Coaches

Thank You Great Hockey Coaches

IceHockeySystems.com would like all of the hockey coaches out there helping their teams improve on and off of the ice.

A great coach can positively impact a life, forever. 

Being a great coach takes a lot of work, preparation, and patience. The Team at Ice Hockey Systems would like to thank all of the coaches out there who work hard to help their players improve on and off of the ice. Coaching can be challenging, but with the right mindset and dedication, it can be an extremely rewarding experience.

Below is a tribute video to all of the great hockey coaches. Share the video with a coach you would like to thank.

36 Unique Hockey Skills That Can Be Practiced With A Simple Setup

36 Unique Hockey Skills That Can Be Practiced With A Simple Setup
36 Unique Hockey Skills That Can Be Practiced With A Simple Setup.

Read below to view 36 fundamental skills that can be practiced with 5 cones on a small section of ice. Each skill works on a variety of edgework and puckhandling skills that can be applied in game situations.

14 Benefits of Small Area Games (and 45+ game ideas)

Small Area Hockey Games And Benefits

Small area games can be found in practices at the U6 age level all the way to NHL practices during the Stanley Cup Finals. It is no secret that small area games are massively beneficial and coaches all over the planet are implementing them into their practices for a variety of reasons.

Coaches, are you using small area games in your practices? 

It is no secret that small area games are massively beneficial and coaches all over the globe are implementing them into their practices for a variety of reasons. They can help U8 players learn the game of hockey and even help NHL pros keep their competitive edge during the Stanley Cup Finals.

8 Tips For Creating an Off-Ice Stickhandling Routine

Off-Ice Stickhandling Tips and Exercises

Below we are going to dive into 4 concepts on 8 tips on how to improve your on-ice puck control by developing an off-ice stickhandling routine. All of the exercises listed below can be done anywhere.

Coaches! There is an infinite amount of ways to help your players improve their on-ice hockey game by working hard and having fun off of the ice. In this article, we are going to dive into 4 concepts and 8 tips to share with your players on how they can improve their on-ice puck control by developing an off-ice stickhandling routine.

All of the exercises listed below can be done anywhere. Only 2 objects are required: a hockey stick and a ball or puck.

Full Ice 1-3-1 System

Full Ice 1-3-1 Ice Hockey System

This system uses 1 defense, 3 middle players, and 1 forward.

Do you ever question why hockey is played with 3 forwards and 2 defenseman? Is that the optimal line-up for every team? Other sports seem to have more variations in their formations so maybe the typical 3 forwards and 2 defense is not the optimal formation for all teams. For example, soccer uses all sorts of formations depending on the strength of your team, the strength of the other team, or a certain coaching philosophy. In hockey, regardless these variables we always seem to play with the traditional 3 forwards and 2 defense.

Improve Your Game With 6 Puck Protection Drills

Many younger players and coaches focus on advanced stick handling drills instead of basic puck protection concepts. Basic puck protection can be easier to learn, and will help your game at every single level.

What would happen if you were given an extra 1 to 5 seconds to make a play every single time you touched the puck? Your game would INSTANTLY transform. You would be able to create more passing and shooting options while giving your teammates extra time to become outlets.

Many younger players and coaches ONLY focus on advanced stickhandling drills instead of basic puck protection concepts. Basic puck protection can be easier to learn and will help your game at every level of hockey, in every area of the ice. 

11 Warm Up Activities & Drills for Youth Hockey Practice

Young hockey players playing against each other.
11 activities for starting ice hockey practice that involve all players. These activities keep the players moving, increase their awareness, and work on basic fundamentals.

Here are 11 great games and activities for starting hockey practice. These activities keep the players moving, increase their awareness, and work on basic fundamentals while keeping all of the players moving and engaged.

Sharks and Minnows
Torpedo
Puck Tag
Finders Keepers
Chase the Rabbit Puck Control Activity
Gates Hockey Passing Activity
Team Keep Away

Hockey Backchecking: Situations and Responsibilities for Each Player

Hockey player backchecking
It is important to backcheck hard but also know how to backcheck as a team and know the responsibility of each player in 2 on 1 and 3 on 2 situations.

Players are always taught to backcheck hard, in fact, more often then not players that don't backcheck hard are quickly escorted to the end of the bench for a while (depending on the coach). Backchecking hard is only half of the equation.  Teaching players to backcheck effectively is just as important. Not all situations are the same and therefore players should be taught to recognize and react to the situation at hand. There are also basic fundamentals of backchecking that should be taught regardless of the situation.

Third Forward Back Changing