Hockey Training During the Adolescent Growth Spurt

Body changes during the Adolescent Growth Spurt (AGS) can temporarily diminish a player’s overall skill and speed and increase vulnerability to injuries. The effects of AGS and its effects on core strength, postural control and performance—coordination, skill, speed, quickness, agility and technique—can be enormous while athletes struggle to adjust to their rapidly changing bodies. Read more

10 Myths About the American Development Model

I realize any change—good, bad or indifferent—is still a change and can be difficult for people to accept. So I started to collect a few of the negative comments I have heard about the American Development Model (ADM) with regards to cross-ice play, all in the hopes that I can dispel these myths. Read more

Colorado Delays Squirt Tryouts in Favor of Six-Week Evaluation

Imagine you’re a first-year Squirt. As a Mite, you played with friends on evenly drafted teams for four years. You do a few hockey camps in the summer while playing soccer. Then, hockey season starts. You skate a few times to get ready, then show up for Squirt tryouts that last week of August (also the first week of school). You skate the first night, go home, check the website and guess what? You’ve been cut—after a coach looked at you for maybe 30 minutes. Is this any way to treat a 9-year-old? Colorado thinks not. Read more

10 Questions to Help Your Player Evaluate Last Season

“Most of the time, you’re a great player on a mediocre team or a mediocre player on a great team. Only when the stars align are you a great player on a great team.” A friend told me this when I described my son’s losing hockey season one year, and I’ll never forget it. When I described coach and locker room issues to another friend, he said, “Tell him this is just one coach and one team of the many coaches and teams he’ll have through his life. Some are good and some are bad.” Read more

Q&A: How Do I Motivate Players to Give 100% Against Lesser Opponents?

giving_100_postKeeping players motivated when they are playing a “not as skilled” team can be difficult. Hockey expert and author, John Shorey, provides an answer to this reader submitted question: Read more

How to Excel in a Face-Off

faceoff_postThe whistle blows and the puck is dropped. The fastest and most skilled player is about to win the hockey face-off. The following article provides great tips and advice to beat your opponent in the face-off so that your team gains control of the puck. Read more

Video: Learn the Important Art of Checking

checking_postChecking is a key defensive technique, that if done correctly can mean the difference between time in the penalty box and gaining control of the puck. Read more

Video: Tips For How to Perfect Your Specialty Skills

specailty_skills_PostBecoming a great hockey player does not happen overnight. It requires a lot of practice and skill development. Once these basic skills are mastered, there are many specialty techniques that can help take your game from average to the head of the class. Read more

Learn Proper Wrist Shot Technique

wrist_shot_postThe wrist shot is probably the most effective shot in hockey. It is a very accurate shot and it can be released fairly quickly. This is the shot that a player should learn first. While not as fast as the slap shot, with practice, proper technique and upper body strength, the wrist shot can be very powerful. Read more

The Secret to Becoming a Better Hockey Player

getting_better_means_attn_to_details_postPlayers don’t just get better. They improve at many small things that add up to an overall better player. For example, passing requires improving at things like vision, timing, balance, speed and decision making. If players improve in all of these areas, then they become better passers. Read more

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