Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Peewee: Practice 5 - Drill 2

Board Side Hitting

Description of Drill


10 Minute

In this drill, we will again introduce and help the players understand how to position themselves while being hit, as well, as giving a good clean hit at the boards. You can split the team in half and have half at each end kitty corner to each other. Have two lines at each end approximately 8 feet apart with one group having pucks at the boards. This drill is to be skated at quarter speed. When the coach blows the whistle, the player with the puck skates with the puck straight up the boards while the player in the outside line skates at an angle having his arm tucked tight into his body and aiming his shoulder at the midsection of his opponent who is carrying the puck.

The player with the puck realizes he is going to get hit and should be in a good hockey stance with knees bent and realize that he should not stop skating. The player with the puck needs to keep his feet moving and keep as close to the boards as he can to receive a good impact hit from the oncoming player. Once the hit has been made, the player making the hit now takes the puck and skates quarter speed up the boards with the puck while the player who is hit now skates in an arc fashion again positioning himself properly and hitting his teammate. He then takes the puck and continues down the ice and repeats the drill with his partner. Once at the far end, they get into lines that are already formed to repeat the drill again, most probably, with a different partner.

Once each player has had a good opportunity to hit a player and get hit…the pucks should be moved to the opposite corners and the drill repeated from the opposite side so the players can hit from both the right and the left side.

Players

Players need to realize that they skate at a quarter speed and the players who are skating at an angle also are skating and a quarter speed to impact. In this drill, we are learning how to hit and how to take a hit, not how to hurt one another. The object to hitting is to remove the player and gain possession of the puck effectively. So our objective is to get the puck away from the opponent. Each player should be in a good hockey stance and the importance for both the checker and the checkee is to keep your feet moving at all times.

Coaches

When the coach draws this drill out on the drill board while the players are watching, it is important for the coach to explain to the players that there are players who will enjoy hitting and there are players who would rather not be involved in hitting. There are players who don't mind getting hit and there are players who are afraid of getting hit. The players need to understand that the key to this drill is to see that giving or taking hit is not going to hurt you if you learn how to properly give and take a hit.

Of course, there are times where players will be hurt, but the more you can keep your head up to see the ice, the safer you will be playing hockey. The coach should reinforce how the player should prepare his body and stance to giving a hit as well as explaining to the player skating with the puck where to position himself with the boards and how his stance should be in a good hockey stance with his feet moving. The coach can take an assistant coach and demonstrate this drill, however, first showing all the players the proper stance and how their body should be prepared by having their arm tucked in to their body and pointing their shoulder for the hit.

Also, demonstrating by showing where the player should be who is about to get hit. How that player should be close to the boards so that there is minimal impact and how he should be in a good strong low hockey stance. The coach can also demonstrate what would happen if the player was 1 or 2 feet away from the boards, how that impact would be heightened.

Assistant Coaches

When the coach draws this drill out on the drill board while the players are watching, it is important for the coach to explain to the players that there are players who will enjoy hitting and there are players who would rather not be involved in hitting. There are players who don't mind getting hit and there are players who are afraid of getting hit. The players need to understand that the key to this drill is to see that giving or taking hit is not going to hurt you if you learn how to properly give and take a hit.

Of course, there are times where players will be hurt, but the more you can keep your head up to see the ice, the safer you will be playing hockey. The coach should reinforce how the player should prepare his body and stance to giving a hit as well as explaining to the player skating with the puck where to position himself with the boards and how his stance should be in a good hockey stance with his feet moving. The coach can take an assistant coach and demonstrate this drill, however, first showing all the players the proper stance and how their body should be prepared by having their arm tucked in to their body and pointing their shoulder for the hit.

Also, demonstrating by showing where the player should be who is about to get hit. How that player should be close to the boards so that there is minimal impact and how he should be in a good strong low hockey stance. The coach can also demonstrate what would happen if the player was 1 or 2 feet away from the boards, how that impact would be heightened.

Video in Players Handbook