The drills described in this chapter are designed for the beginning of practice and include stretching exercises, skating agility, puckhandling, passing, and small-area games. The goalies can take part in these nonshooting drills, or they can warm up with stationary shooting with a coach or another player (with a goalie in the goal area at each end of the rink). (See chapter 14 for goalie specific drills.)
Normally, one warm-up drill without shooting is sufficient at the beginning of each practice. These drills usually include some stretching, skating, passing, and stickhandling, and should last for five minutes. These warm-up drills assume that the players have been taught the previously mentioned basic skills and that the players are able to repeatedly perform these basic skills correctly. The drills in this chapter progress from skating and stickhandling to passing and receiving. In addition to providing practice of the basic skills, the warm-up drills without shooting are designed to stretch and warm up the muscles—and possibly prevent injuries from overstretching during quick movements. The stretching should start with slow movements and progress to quicker active stretching.
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SKATING BETWEEN THE BLUE LINES
Players should skate around the rink at three-quarter speed, executing the following four skating maneuvers:
Sprint between the blue lines.
Skate backward between the blue lines.
Skate forward in and out between the blue lines—in from the first blue line to the center circle and out to the next blue line.
Skate backward in and out between the blue lines—in from the first blue line to the center circle and out to the next blue line.