Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017

Bantam: Practice 2 - Drill 1

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.

Goaltenders: Goaltenders can warm-up and work with their on ice coach at center ice during the J. Drill

Players

This drill needs to be attacked very aggressively by all players for their warm-up skate. The players need to ensure that each time they pivot that they pivot in toward the center of the circle and not only from the center of the circle.

Coaches

in this drill the circle pivoting should be done in an extremely aggressive manner of skating. As a player pivots toward the center of the circle each time throughout this drill you should have his head up looking around the ice surface as he is doing this. This is good practice in making sure that each player is seeing the ice and not concentrating on their actual pivoting technique. The next time the drill is done pucks can be carried and at this time it is of the utmost importance that while carrying the puck and pivoting toward the center of the circle that their heads should and must be up to see as much ice as possible. This is important for several reasons. The most important reason is the players need head must be up to see any oncoming opponents that may have them in their sights for a body check. The other reason equally as important is the players need to be able to see what options they have in passing and or clearing the puck.

Assistant Coaches

The assistant coaches should be placed at various places around the ice surface with small piles of pucks. In the first part of the drill when the skaters are pivoting without pucks it is important that the assistant coaches watch each player as they pivot so that they can help encourage and properly correct any player. If any of the players have any difficulty with the pivoting that players should be taken aside with one of the assistant coaches and worked with one-on-one until he is successful at completing the drill. When the second part of the drill starts with the pucks each player must in complete the drill and not go back for his puck therefore the assistant coaches must be ready to try to get a puck back to those players who lose their pucks. This is important to keep the drill moving as oncoming teammates are coming with their puck right behind one another.

Video in Players Handbook