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Date: 15/11/2013 9:10 PM UTC

"Puck Control Commands"

One of my favorite drills for teaching a player moving puck control is the puck control "commands" drill. With this drill, I randomly place 20 - 30 pylons in the neutral zone. I shout out a command, explain the key teaching points and demo the skill, then have the player perform the skill around different pylons. I switch up the command every 20 - 30 seconds.

Puck Control Commands can include the following:
  • Slalom - both half speed and full speed
  • Fake Left - go right
  • Fake Right - go left
  • Toe Drag
  • Figure 8 - glide and crossover turns
  • Full 360 turns - both forehand and backhand
  • Forward to Backward Pivots
  • Backward to Forward Pivots

This drill allows for a variety of puck control moves and skill development.

The average Calgary minor hockey player will only handle the puck 10 - 20 seconds in a game. However, with this 10 minute puck control drill, factoring in a rest to work ratio of 1 to 1, a player will handle the puck for 5 minutes, or 300 seconds; the equivalent of 15 to 30 minor league games!

Yes, playing games are fun, but good practice drills greatly enhance hockey technical skill development such as puck control.

Posted by Rex Tucker

 

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