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Warm-Up Drills for Skating, Passing, and Stickhandling

This is an excerpt from The Hockey Drill Book by Dave Chambers


To find more hockey drills, read The Hockey Drill Book.

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:

  1. Sprint between the blue lines.
  2. Skate backward between the blue lines.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


 

SKATE AROUND THE RINK: VARIATIONS ON THE WHISTLE

The following four skating variations should be executed in the order shown:

  1. Skate fast and then slow on each whistle.
  2. Skate forward and then backward on each whistle.
  3. Pivot toward the boards and go in the opposite direction on each whistle. (Note: All players turn toward the boards in the same direction.)
  4. Stop on the whistle and go in the opposite direction.

 

DIAGONAL SKATE: FORWARD AND BACKWARD

Players should start at the goal line and skate the following sequence:

  1. Skate forward diagonally to the near blue line.
  2. Skate backward diagonally to the center line.
  3. Skate forward diagonally to the far blue line.
  4. Skate backward diagonally to the goal line.
  5. Skate forward the length of the ice to the starting position at the goal line.

 

DIAGONAL SKATE: CROSSOVER STEPS

Players should start at the goal line and skate the following sequence:

  1. Skate forward diagonally to the near blue line.
  2. Skate using crossover steps along the blue line.
  3. Skate forward diagonally to the center line.
  4. Skate using crossover steps along the center line.
  5. Skate forward diagonally to the far blue line.
  6. Skate using crossover steps along the blue line.
  7. Skate forward diagonally to the goal line.



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