Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Atom/Squirt: Practice 2 - Drill 5

Circle J Drill

Description of Drill


10 Minute

This drill is started from all four circles in the four corners of the arena. Your team should be split up into four groups. The first skater will stand at the bottom of the circle ready to start. When the coach blows his whistle all four players (in each corner) begin. Here is the pattern of the skating drill. This drill can be done with or without pucks -- I suggest without pucks for the first few times. The player will skate forward hard to his right making an arc to the center of his circle. When reaching the center fof his circle he will keep his momentum doing a 2 foot glide turn and skate the same arc back to his starting point where he will pivot forward and skate hard toward his left arcing to the face-off dot in the center of his circle again. Once at the dot he will do a 2 foot glide turn and arc back to his starting point. Once returning to his starting point he will then pivot forward and skate to his right around the outside of the circle to the hash marks. At the hash marks he will keep his momentum by doing a 2 foot glide turn and skate backwards around the outside of the circle to his starting point. At the starting point he then pivots and skates forward to his left around the outside of the circle to the hash marks where he does a 2 foot glide turn and skates backward around the outside of the circle  back to his starting position. Once back at the starting position he pivots immediately and skates around to his right around the outside of the circle all away to the top of the circle where he does a 2 foot glide pivot turn and skates backward around the outside of the circle back to his original starting point where he pivots and skates forward to his left around the outside of the circle all the way to the top of the circle where he pivots and traces his pattern back to the starting position backwards where the drill ends and the next player repeats the drill until all players have completed the Circle J. drill.

Another addition to the J. drill is when it is completed. When the player comes to the end of the drill he can then skate straight up the boards to the blue line and stop, back to the ringette line and stop, down to the center red line and stop, back to the first blue line and stop, up to the far blue line and stop, back to the center red line and stop, down to the far ringette line and stop, back to the blue line and stop, and straightforward into the far circle line to repeat the drill there. If all four corners add this to the J. drill then each player can do the J. drill twice or three or four times, changing ends each time by skating conditioning lines. This is at the coaches discretion.

Goalies -- the goalie coach can decide either to skate the tenders in this drill or he will have the far end of the ice to work with the goalies one on one -- his choice

Coaches

This drill of course is a conditioning drill that the players need to have a good positive understanding about. At the drill board the coach needs to be very positive and let the players know that this kind of drill is something that the players should look forward to. This is not a drill of punishment. This is a drill to get them skating harder, faster and definitely to build up their endurance so that they can outlast and skate harder and faster than other teams. This drill should be looked on as an exciting drill to see if you can go faster harder and longer than the last time you did this drill. All players should be encouraged to look very positively at the J. drill.

Assistant coaches: in this drill the assistant coaches should from time to time just skate up or by some of the players as are going down the ice and back encouraging them getting them to move hard, fast, don’t quit, keep working, you can do it, calling out all of the positive things that they can do. Make sure all players are working as hard as they can.

Assistant Coaches

In this drill the assistant coaches should from time to time just skate up or by some of the players as are going down the ice and back encouraging them getting them to move hard, fast, don’t quit, keep working, you can do it, calling out all of the positive things that they can do. Make sure all players are working as hard as they can.

Video in Players Handbook