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Hockey Player Position
This video reviews the proper hockey position for players. While it is very basic, it's important to teach the proper hockey position to make sure...
This is a great video that teaches the fundamentals of forward skating. Coaching Points: Start in Hockey Position Keep your elbows by your side...
Coaching Points for the Forward Stride feet are shoulder width apart knees slightly bent weight over balls of feet use deep knee bend for...
Quick Fix: Forward Skating
Here are some tips to help hockey players work on their forward stride and be a more efficient forward skater. Tip #1 - Keep your head square. Tip...
Single Leg Pushes
Single leg pushes in ice hockey are great to work on especially for younger players. Coaching Points Start in Hockey Position Tight base is...
One-Leg Drag - Forward Skating Exercise
This exercise helps players work on the technical aspects of the forward stride. By dragging the toe on the ice it forces them to bring the extended...
Using Edges: The Basics
Your skates are equiped with an inside and an outside edge. It is important for young hockey players to get comfortable using both edges. Your edges...
Key Points Lean on edges as though you are going to fall over. Keep a 1/4 squat position in the gliding leg. Lead with your head, the head...
Key Points for Working on Outside Edges Lean into the outside edge as if you are falling over. The more you lean, the more force and power you...
Quick Fix: Outside Edges
When players are learning to use their outside edge it can be tough for them to learn to trust that outside edge. Encourage them to lean into that...
Inside Outside Edges
Inside / Outside Edges Key Points Lean into the inside edge with gliding leg in a 1/4 squat position. Pivot toward your big toe & spin on the...
Inside Outside Inside Edges
Key Points for Inside Outside Inside Edges Lean into inside edge with gliding leg in a 1/4 squat position. Pivot toward your big toe and spin on...
Fix - When Players Skate on Outside Edge
Here is a quickfix for coaches who are trying to help their young players with their skating. This will help you work with your players when...
Here are keys to the control turn: Keep center of gravity low Head leads the turn Lean into edges Inside leg should be in front leading the...
A Jam Turn is an extremely tight turn that allows us to change direction quickly and under control. It is not quite a stop, the Jam Turn allows us to...
A punch jam in ice hockey is a term used to describe a deceptive move by the puck carrier. It can be described as almost a half of a jam turn. A jam...
Hockey Stop: Tips On How To Do A Side Stop
Most players will have one side that is stronger than the other when they do a hockey stop. Therefore it is important to work on both sides when...
Quick Fix: Stopping
One of the more difficult fundamentals for young players to get comfortable with is the hockey stop. A major problem area is that players like to try...
Quick Fix: Side Stopping Part 2
Two common issues we see in the hockey stop are: The trailing skate tends to drag behind during the stop. Tend to catch the outside edge of...
Forward Cross Overs
In this video we breakdown how to teach the forward cross overs. Step #1 - Outside Push Step #2 - Cross Over Step #3 - Under Push Coaching...
Forward Crossover Start
Key Coaching Points Drive inside leg through ice Get low and lean into crossover Top leg crosses over Turn hips and body forward
Backwards Crossover Start
Backwards crossover starts are an important skating skill especially for defensmen. Key Coaching Points Good hockey position with bent knees...
How to Skate Backwards (for hockey players)
In this video Dwayne Blais teaches the fundamentals of backwards skating. Coaching Points start with good hockey position. carve c-cuts out in...
Quick Fix: Backwards Skating Part 1
One way to get the players to get into a good body position and get used to making C's in the ice is to have them drop their stick and place their...
Quick Fix: Backwards Skating Part 2
For young players we do not have to emphasize "carving a C" quite so much when teaching them how to skate backwards. Instead we can work using both...
Backwards to Forwards Pivot
Key coaching points for pivoting from backwards to forwards: Make a C-cut to open up hips Bring heels together Transfer weight and push off back...
How to Do Backwards Cross-Overs
In this video we break down backwards cross-overs into three simple steps: Outside push (c-cut). Continue with the c-cut and bring the foot over...
How to Perform a Transition Turn
Transistion turns in hockey are necessary any time you need to change direction in the game of hockey. In this video Dwayne Blais discusses how to...
Bracket Turns for Hockey Players
A bracket turn is a transition turn where you go forwards, backwards briefly, and then forwards going the opposite direction. Let's break it down...
Keys for Mohawk Pivoting Try to touch heels together by opening up the hips. Maintain speed by using inside edges and pushing of inside edges....