The Importance of Using Progressions
Progressions should be an integral part of your practices and development model. When using progressions in practice, you can start with a very simple skill or concept that players can feel comfortable executing. From there you can build on the skill by adding decisions and layers that puts the skill into a game-like scenario. This will allow you to build practices that have a theme and purpose.
Drawing Progressions on IHS
IHS is excited to announce that we have added the ability to draw progressions. This new feature is available for members only and easily allows for coaches to draw multiple progressions on their drills and/or systems.
When you are drawing a drill or system, all you have to do it select the green Add Progression button:
Once that is clicked, a second rink is added with a duplicate drawing. This will allow you to draw the progression faster as it will have the same setup. You can remove lines from the previous drawing with the delete button if necessary and then start drawing. You can add as many progressions as needed.
The ability to add progressions on IHS drawings was one of the largest requests in this year's Member Survey. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback. Please take the survey if you haven't already and never hesitate to Contact Us with any issues or specific feature requests.
Using Progressions for Drills
Below is The J-Drill Progression from Dwayne Blais This is a great example of how you can take a drill with very little value and turn it into a drill that works on skills that transfer into game play by adding decisions and cues.
Progression #1 - Simple J Drill with Decision Forced by Coach
Progression #2 - Passer Joins the Rush and Puck Carrier Delays
Progression #3 - 2 on 1 and Player Without the Puck Makes the Call
Members can view and save this drill into their account by click on the Save to My Drill Library button on the J-Drill Progression.
Using Progressions to Master a New Skill
Progressions should be utilized for learning and mastering new skills as well. In the video below Ben Eaves explains the 5 steps of Learning a New Skill and the process you can follow to help your players master a skill over time:4 Drills to Practice Changing Your Shot Angle is another great example on how you can use progressions to work on learning or improving on an individual skill. Below are the drills and you can see how they progress and add complexities to each step.
Drill 1: Stationary Pull & Release Shooting Progression
Drill 2: Slow Roll Pull & Release
Drill 3: The Puck Pull Shooting Challenge
Drill # 4: Slow Roll Toe Drag Pull
Other Uses for Progression Feature
Here are some advanced ways you can use the new IHS progression tool, outside of drawing typical drill progressions
- Draw zone entry options for players
- Draw face-off win and loss scenarios from the same setup
- Draw breakout options based on pressure
- Draw Power Play options based on set-up
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