Drill of the Week 6 Powered by Skilled Advantage Hockey
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This edition of Drill of the Week is the sixth in a progression of stickhandling drills, which can be done on or off the ice, that we will be posting. Each week we will build on the previous drill, and the great thing is that these drills can be done literally anytime, anywhere with minimal equipment or space needed.
Our first drill six weeks ago was considered a “rookie” level or basic drill. You’ll see that now that six weeks later we have built up to the “pro” level. If you missed the previous lessons and want to catch up – or if you find yourself struggling with this drill – you can simply go back to Drill of the Week 1, master that and then move on to each of the subsequent drills until you feel ready for this one. By mastering the previous drills, the next exercise in the progression should become easier to perfect.
The great thing about each of these drills is that if you’re watching a game or movie on TV, you can get your stickhandling board or stickhandling ball and practice the drills while trying to watch. You also can do them while you’re waiting for your turn to play a video game. In fact, doing the drills – once you are comfortable and can do them properly – while watching TV will help you learn to play with your head up when you stickhandle on the ice.
As always, a word of warning, though. You must practice the right way to see positive results.
You shouldn’t be able to look up while performing the drill right away. Don’t rush the drill the first few times you try it. It’s not a race. Practicing the drill properly is the only way to improve. If you take shortcuts and don’t follow the pattern as you see it in the video or if you don’t try all the variations, you’re not going to see positive results. You can practice all you want, but if you practice the wrong way or don’t put the proper effort into what you are doing, you’ll never see the improvement you seek.
People who look for results from diets and exercise plans often veer from the course because they don’t like a certain food, don’t feel like taking the time to prepare or buy the required foods or don’t like a certain exercise. Instead, they substitute something else or just ignore what they are supposed to do. Ultimately, they don’t get the results they want or aren’t patient enough to wait for the results, get frustrated and give up.
Don’t be that person.
Take your time. Read the drill description. Watch the video. Imitate the movements and try to perform the drill exactly as you see it. Go slow so you can do it properly. It’s okay if you mess up, because that means it’s a skill you haven’t mastered and that you are learning something new.
You only get better by doing things that are outside your comfort zone. As you get better at the drill and get the feel of the movements, yes you can speed up a little bit, but even more important you can start to look at the wall or the TV instead of the puck or ball as you do the drill. This will help you keep your head up when you get on the ice and try to carry the puck or stickhandle in game situations.
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Drill of the Week #6 – Combo: 1-2-3 Toe drag, Pullback Continuous
Category: Stickhandling Progression
Forehand only (shown for both lefties and righties in the video)
Materials Needed: Stick, 5 pucks, stickhandling board or smooth surface (if no smooth surface is available a stickhandling ball can work.) As shown in the video, this drill and the others can be done on the ice as well.
The video shows both the right-handed and left-handed forehand variations. We are only working on the forehand here but wanted both righties and lefties to see how it looks from their perspective.
Perform 8 to 12 repetitions, take a short break and go again. Do this as often as you like until your hands feel fatigued or you feel comfortable with it. You can speed up a little and try to perform the drill while looking up as you get more comfortable. Try to master the proper mechanics of this drill before going more quickly and eventually looking up as you execute it.
- Place 3 pucks directly in front of you, aligned with the center of your body and each spaced about 10 to 12 inches apart. The first puck should be at a distance where you can comfortably stickhandle without reaching. Another puck should be placed about three feet to your forehand side and aligned with the first puck of the three directly in front of you. You will handle the fifth puck.
- Start with the puck on your backhand.
- Perform 1-2-3 toe drag: Take the puck between each puck, alternating backhand, forehand, backhand then pull it back down to the starting point with a forehand toe drag.
- Perform backhand pull back – pull puck between pucks 1 and 2 and then between the first and wide pucks before taking it around the wide puck with the forehand and pulling back to the starting point with the backhand.
- Repeat above steps until you have completed 8 to 12 repetitions.
- Take a short break then try again.
Good luck and have fun!