Ice Time / Skill Development, News, Association Coach, 2016-2017 (Brantford Minor Hockey Association)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Ice Time / Skill Development
Submitted By Nathan Herrington on Sunday, August 14, 2016

One problem that our Coaches have today is a lack of ice time to accomplish what's needed and to feel fully prepared and productive with their players. Consider what our group can do to maximize our ice time and take advantage of every opportunity to develop talent.



If our players are given two practices per week to both prepare for game play and also develop individually you have to believe that this is not enough for those that wish to take their skill and ability to the next level. The concept of shared ice time can provide your club with a potential extra ice session essentially during every week of your calendar.

For example, If the 'MD' teams Coach is planning their month and notices that the 'A' teams schedule provides opportunities for each club to take advantage of a shared session then each team will immediately acquire two extra skates that month. Good planning and communication between each Coach can easily accomplish this. This ice time can be dedicated to skill development through the use of stations, split ice, and even multiple small area games. Make use of as many nets as you can through our rink attendants and brainstorm as many options as possible to provide your players with specific skill work.

Some of our older groups may think to use this concept to apply a systems or structure practice. Our PP will execute against your PK and vice versa. This gives each Coach an excellent chance to see their teams execute in a controlled game situation while having the power to stop the play at any time to correct and instruct.

Consider how many teams you as a Coach could be in touch with to discuss the potential of this with each other. There may be up to 5 or 6 clubs that are in the same ball park as yourselves when it comes to the skill level and physical abilities of your players.  

This article has been viewed 471 times.
Team Pages
View Another Team
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Brantford Minor Hockey Association on Twitter
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 05
    Nov
    2016-2017 Association Coach
    Structure can be crucial to young players and their development. Having a good routine in place that is made to be habit can improve a teams preparation and individually will benefit player performance. 
  • 12
    Aug
    2016-2017 Association Coach
    Coaches, I am certain that this drill hub is a well known resource for many Coaches of all levels. If there are any Coaches in the group that are not aware or familiar with this site then now is the time to have a look and research what can be ...
Printed from brantfordminorhockey.com on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:47 AM