1) TENNIS BALL OR PUCK HACKY
Description: Bounce a tennis ball on the blade of your stick, trying to keep the ball in the air for as many bounces as you can at a time. Keep track of your numbers and try to beat your previous record!
Skills Developed: Hand-eye-stick coordination, timing, soft-hands
Necessary Gear: Tennis ball or hockey puck
2) WALK THE DOG
Description: Pick up a puck off the ground using your stick and start it at the toe-end of your blade (on the forehand side). Try to move the puck to the butt-end, jumping the puck a couple of inches at a time down the blade and stick shaft. Essentially, you’re just barely flipping the puck in the air and you’re catching it a little further down the stick. Repeat until the puck has traveled the length of the stick.
Skills Developed: Hand-eye-stick coordination, soft hands
Necessary Gear: Hockey puck
3) FLIPPING PUCKS INTO BUCKET/TIRE
Description: Dump a pile of pucks onto either the ground or your synthetic ice tiles. Place a hardware store bucket (like the kind you get at Home Depot or Lowe’s) or an old tire in the middle of the surface. Try to flip the pucks into the bucket/tire. You can either flip the puck straight in or flip it into the air and try to smack it down and into the bucket/tire (like an “alley-oop” to yourself). Keep track of your time or makes/misses and try to beat your number next time.
Skills Developed: Hand-eye-stick coordination, tipping pucks, chips/lifting the puck, timing/teamwork
Necessary Gear: Hardware store bucket or old tire, hockey pucks or tennis balls/street hockey balls
4) FIGURE-8, 4-PUCK, 6-PUCK
Description: There are a variety of different drills using just a few pucks as obstacles.
Figure-8: Set up two pucks in front of your feet and stickhandle in a figure-8 pattern around them. You can also set the pucks up vertically rather than horizontally or on either side of your body (think outside the box).
4-Puck: Basically, the same as a figure-8 drill, but now there are also two extra pucks (one on each side of your body) that you must stickhandle around.
6-Puck: Same as the 4-Puck drill, but now there are two additional pucks BEHIND your body that you have to stickhandle around.
Skills Developed: Lateral reach, quick hands, puck control in a 360-degree plane around the body
Necessary Gear: Hockey pucks
5) FOOT UP ON CHAIR SNAPSHOTS
Description: Practice your snapshot, but place one foot on a chair behind your body while shooting. Be sure to switch the foot so that you can practice shooting off both feet. Remember, the weight should be on your front foot (the one not on the chair) and you need to drive the heel of the blade down into the ground and generate a lot of stick-flex to make this work.
Skills Developed: Snapshot, shooting off one foot
Necessary Gear: Hockey net, chair, synthetic ice tiles, or shooting pad
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