Below is a clip taken from our latest checking clinic on 8/2/17. This is week 6 of the clinic, so we are working more on how checking/body contact matters in game like situations. We are playing cross ice, in a mini rink, 2v2 trying to score in a small net. The team that scores gets to stay out and play the next two in line, so there is an incentive to compete.
Why we do this:
The smaller area forces players to make quicker decisions with or without the puck. The player with the puck has to make a play with the threat of being hit. They can either skate the puck, pass it, or shoot it. Defensively the players need to decide if they are going to try and check the puck carrier, try and steal the puck, or try and block the shot. Since it’s in a small area, the decisions are constantly being made the whole time. In the thirty second clip there are: 3 Checks, 3 Passes/Pass Attempts/ 2 Shots/ and 4 Turnovers. These are high quality reps, that reinforce what is going to happen in a game. These are the types of reps that translate to success in games.
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