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Cover: open practice: high intensity hockey drills
Open Practice: High Intensity Hockey Drills

with Enrico Blasi,
Miami University of Ohio Head Coach;
2009 national runner-up; 2 Frozen Four appearances;
2006 Spencer Penrose National College Coach of the Year;
2010 College Hockey News and CollegeHockey247.com National Coach of the Year honors; 5x CCHA Coach of the Year recipient

Get your team ready for the heat of battle with these high-intensity practice drills used by the Miami of Ohio Redhawks to prepare for game day. Head coach Enrico Blasi shares warm-up, full ice, and small area game drills that focus not only on the team's level of competition and execution, but also - most importantly - on having fun. The drills are explained step-by-step on a marker board and demonstrated in a live practice setting.

Warm Up Drills

Blasi walks you through two drills that get your players' feet moving while working on shooting, passing, and the transition from offense to defense. The 2x0 Back Check Support Drill emphasizes quick footwork and a strong back check that works on the transition from defense to offense.

Full Ice Drills

Blasi shares three customizable drills that focus on players' ability to identify the situation on ice and communicate with teammates. Athletes work on positioning, attacking, gap control, and net battles. The 2x2 Four Puck Drill, for example, uses battles in front of the net to teach proper technique for gaining position, crashing the net, and tips/screens in front of the goalie.

Small Area Game Drills

Using your own coaching philosophy, customize drills to work on body and stick positioning in front of the net, puck protection, stick control, creating/eliminating space on the ice, and quick feet movement necessary to gain possession. Blasi shows you how to use a common garden hose to teach your players posture in front of the net and how to protect the puck from turnovers in tight situations.

This presentation is jam-packed with drills designed to help you plan and run an intense hockey practice. All coaches know that a player's development starts and ends with a great practice. Blasi shares his key points of offensive and defensive awareness, body and stick positioning, and creating and eliminating time and space - all with an endless amount of effort.

If you're looking for drills to accelerate the pace and competitive level of your practices, this video will get you started. Blasi shares customizable drills for the intermediate-level players that target specific scenarios on ice that require high levels of focus and intensity.

Prepare your team to handle the rigors of competition by implementing high-tempo drills into your practices.

53 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: dynamic warm-up drills to maximize performance
Dynamic Warm-Up Drills to Maximize Performance
with Blaise MacDonald,
Colby College Head Coach; former head coach at Umass-Lowell and Niagara University

Coach MacDonald has over 30 years of coaching experience at the DI and DIII levels. He was the first head coach in program history at Niagara. Within four years of founding the program at Niagara, MacDonald was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinal round. He was named College Hockey America's Coach of the Year, and was voted runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award as National Coach of the Year. He has won National Titles as an assistant coach (Boston University) and a player (twice at Rochester Institute of Technology). An All-American Defenseman at RIT, Coach McDonald has recruited and coached over 30 NHL players.

The first 15 minutes of any practice are crucial. Players at all levels can quickly become bored at the start of practice and lose their excitement and drive to be on the ice. As a hockey coach, it's your job to establish an excited mindset for your players for their upcoming time on ice. In doing so, you will provide better growth opportunities for players throughout practice.

Blaise MacDonald shows you how to create a practice environment that will get - and keep - your players mentally and physically involved and ready to compete at the highest level.

Coach MacDonald provides more than 16 challenging drills for getting your practice going with a BANG! Each drill targets a specific skill-set to develop your players. Your athletes will be excited to start practice knowing they'll have a puck on their stick a majority of the time.

Warm-Up

A good warm-up is essential to mentally prepare for the practice's upcoming activities. Coach MacDonald focuses on the individual technique of certain drills to get players stimulated with a good warm-up. As the video progresses, the technique is used in tactical situations to augment learning and development.

In the 3 Zone Warm-up, players use all three zones of the ice at the same time, creating three different "stations." Working in stations at the start of practice will incorporate many of the players and ignite their enthusiasm by using multiple nets for a visual effect, with the ability to read and react during these drills.

Drills

  • 5 Net Chaos - Teaches recognition skills, edge work and the ability to skate with your head up and read off another player's actions.
  • 1 Touch Passing - Players quickly pass the puck puck between one another or with multiple players without handling it. Players may be stationary or constantly moving.
  • Keep Away 1v1 - Players pair off and play 1v1 in a game of keep away that emphasizes skating, stick handling and puck protection. When the puck is turned over, the game continues 1v1.
  • Cross Ice 3v3 - This drill raises competitive level in a fast paced, continuous action that allows players to develop creativity in their individual and team games.

If your team comes to practice lethargic and without any juice, this video will help you explore changes in your preparation to energize your athletes.

65 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: passing and receiving drills to maximize performance
Passing and Receiving Drills to Maximize Performance
with Blaise MacDonald,
Colby College Head Coach; former head coach at Umass-Lowell and Niagara University

Coach MacDonald has over 30 years of coaching experience at the DI and DIII levels. He was the first head coach in program history at Niagara. Within four years of founding the program at Niagara, MacDonald was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinal round. He was named College Hockey America's Coach of the Year, and was voted runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award as National Coach of the Year. He has won National Titles as an assistant coach (Boston University) and a player (twice at Rochester Institute of Technology). An All-American Defenseman at RIT, Coach McDonald has recruited and coached over 30 NHL players.

If your team can't pass or receive the puck, they can't breakout or attack. Yet, many players and coaches don't spend a lot of practice time on��these fundamentals. In this hockey video, you'll learn how to create a culture that values effective��passing and receiving.

Blaise MacDonald teaches you how to train your players to become effective passers in game situations and how to get in the best positions on the ice to support the passer. He also runs through easy-to-teach passing and receiving drill concepts that will improve your players' essential skills and, in turn, elevate your team's practice habits.

Mechanics of Passing and Receiving

Opportunities to score are constantly available, but you have to be ready for them in order to take advantage. Coach MacDonald does a terrific job of detailing the technical aspects for better passing accuracy and how to improve players' ability to receive and control passes. Teaching points cover:

  • Proper grip strength on the stick for passing and receiving the puck
  • Stance and weight transfer
  • The angle of the stick blade to the puck on its approach
  • How to create passing lanes
  • Hockey is a fast-paced, ever-changing game, and knowing what kind of pass to make is essential for success. Players must master passing and receiving in order to be effective in game situations. Coach MacDonald details six kinds of passes:

    • Forehand
    • One Touch
    • Backhand
    • Saucer
    • Aerial
    • Indirect

    Passing and Receiving Drills

    Passing is a skill that requires a great deal of practice. Coach MacDonald shows you how to get your players passing with proper technique at game speed using a variety of both full ice and half ice drills. Non-puck carriers and players looking to receive the puck have to work harder than the puck carrier. Anticipation, movement and preparation by the receiver are critical elements in a successful passing game.

    These drills range in difficulty from basic to advanced. Coach MacDonald diagrams the drills on a whiteboard and demonstrates them with his team on the ice.

    Drills include:

    • Numbered Passing - A great communication drill that reinforces heads-up puck movement, forward thinking, recognition, and clear communication.
    • Neutral Zone Indirect Chip Drill - A multi-player passing drill that involves tracking passes and indirect puck movement leading to a 2-0 net attack. This is an effective drill to teach players to use space on the ice to create open passing lanes and soft chip passing.
    • Swiss Five Pass - Great for one-touch passing, quick footwork, and multi-pass puck exchanges. Skating agility and athletic posture through passing is a key that reinforces being a good receiver and providing hands out to present a target for the passer.
    • 6 Man Timing - Features many exchanges with the puck, forward thinking, incorporates good passing, receiving, timing, counter attacks and quick ups. Your forwards and defensemen will benefit greatly from this drill alone.

    This video featuring Coach MacDonald is sure to help players of all skill levels get better at passing and receiving the puck.

    72 minutes. 2016.

    DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions

    Cover: maximizing hockey performance 2-pack
    Maximizing Hockey Performance 2-Pack
    HD-05011A: with Blaise MacDonald,
    Colby College Head Coach; former head coach at Umass-Lowell and Niagara University

    Coach MacDonald has over 30 years of coaching experience at the DI and DIII levels. He was the first head coach in program history at Niagara. Within four years of founding the program at Niagara, MacDonald was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinal round. He was named College Hockey America's Coach of the Year, and was voted runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award as National Coach of the Year. He has won National Titles as an assistant coach (Boston University) and a player (twice at Rochester Institute of Technology). An All-American Defenseman at RIT, Coach McDonald has recruited and coached over 30 NHL players.

    The first 15 minutes of any practice are crucial. Players at all levels can quickly become bored at the start of practice and lose their excitement and drive to be on the ice. As a hockey coach, it's your job to establish an excited mindset for your players for their upcoming time on ice. In doing so, you will provide better growth opportunities for players throughout practice.

    Blaise MacDonald shows you how to create a practice environment that will get - and keep - your players mentally and physically involved and ready to compete at the highest level.

    Coach MacDonald provides more than 16 challenging drills for getting your practice going with a BANG! Each drill targets a specific skill-set to develop your players. Your athletes will be excited to start practice knowing they'll have a puck on their stick a majority of the time.

    Warm-Up

    A good warm-up is essential to mentally prepare for the practice's upcoming activities. Coach MacDonald focuses on the individual technique of certain drills to get players stimulated with a good warm-up. As the video progresses, the technique is used in tactical situations to augment learning and development.

    In the 3 Zone Warm-up, players use all three zones of the ice at the same time, creating three different "stations." Working in stations at the start of practice will incorporate many of the players and ignite their enthusiasm by using multiple nets for a visual effect, with the ability to read and react during these drills.

    Drills

    • 5 Net Chaos - Teaches recognition skills, edge work and the ability to skate with your head up and read off another player's actions.
    • 1 Touch Passing - Players quickly pass the puck puck between one another or with multiple players without handling it. Players may be stationary or constantly moving.
    • Keep Away 1v1 - Players pair off and play 1v1 in a game of keep away that emphasizes skating, stick handling and puck protection. When the puck is turned over, the game continues 1v1.
    • Cross Ice 3v3 - This drill raises competitive level in a fast paced, continuous action that allows players to develop creativity in their individual and team games.

    If your team comes to practice lethargic and without any juice, this video will help you explore changes in your preparation to energize your athletes.

    65 minutes. 2016.



    HD-05011B: with Blaise MacDonald,
    Colby College Head Coach; former head coach at Umass-Lowell and Niagara University

    Coach MacDonald has over 30 years of coaching experience at the DI and DIII levels. He was the first head coach in program history at Niagara. Within four years of founding the program at Niagara, MacDonald was named ECAC West Co-Coach of the Year and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA quarterfinal round. He was named College Hockey America's Coach of the Year, and was voted runner-up for the Spencer Penrose Award as National Coach of the Year. He has won National Titles as an assistant coach (Boston University) and a player (twice at Rochester Institute of Technology). An All-American Defenseman at RIT, Coach McDonald has recruited and coached over 30 NHL players.

    If your team can't pass or receive the puck, they can't breakout or attack. Yet, many players and coaches don't spend a lot of practice time on��these fundamentals. In this hockey video, you'll learn how to create a culture that values effective��passing and receiving.

    Blaise MacDonald teaches you how to train your players to become effective passers in game situations and how to get in the best positions on the ice to support the passer. He also runs through easy-to-teach passing and receiving drill concepts that will improve your players' essential skills and, in turn, elevate your team's practice habits.

    Mechanics of Passing and Receiving

    Opportunities to score are constantly available, but you have to be ready for them in order to take advantage. Coach MacDonald does a terrific job of detailing the technical aspects for better passing accuracy and how to improve players' ability to receive and control passes. Teaching points cover:

  • Proper grip strength on the stick for passing and receiving the puck
  • Stance and weight transfer
  • The angle of the stick blade to the puck on its approach
  • How to create passing lanes
  • Hockey is a fast-paced, ever-changing game, and knowing what kind of pass to make is essential for success. Players must master passing and receiving in order to be effective in game situations. Coach MacDonald details six kinds of passes:

    • Forehand
    • One Touch
    • Backhand
    • Saucer
    • Aerial
    • Indirect

    Passing and Receiving Drills

    Passing is a skill that requires a great deal of practice. Coach MacDonald shows you how to get your players passing with proper technique at game speed using a variety of both full ice and half ice drills. Non-puck carriers and players looking to receive the puck have to work harder than the puck carrier. Anticipation, movement and preparation by the receiver are critical elements in a successful passing game.

    These drills range in difficulty from basic to advanced. Coach MacDonald diagrams the drills on a whiteboard and demonstrates them with his team on the ice.

    Drills include:

    • Numbered Passing - A great communication drill that reinforces heads-up puck movement, forward thinking, recognition, and clear communication.
    • Neutral Zone Indirect Chip Drill - A multi-player passing drill that involves tracking passes and indirect puck movement leading to a 2-0 net attack. This is an effective drill to teach players to use space on the ice to create open passing lanes and soft chip passing.
    • Swiss Five Pass - Great for one-touch passing, quick footwork, and multi-pass puck exchanges. Skating agility and athletic posture through passing is a key that reinforces being a good receiver and providing hands out to present a target for the passer.
    • 6 Man Timing - Features many exchanges with the puck, forward thinking, incorporates good passing, receiving, timing, counter attacks and quick ups. Your forwards and defensemen will benefit greatly from this drill alone.

    This video featuring Coach MacDonald is sure to help players of all skill levels get better at passing and receiving the puck.

    72 minutes. 2016.



    DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions

    Cover: drills & games for developing an explosive transition attack
    Drills & Games for Developing an Explosive Transition Attack
    with Jack Arena
    Amherst College Head Coach;
    over 420 career wins; 2x AHCA Division III National Coach of the Year (2014, 2012);<
    2014 & 2012 NCAA Frozen Four; 3x NESCAC Champions; as a player he won the Hoby Baker Award as the best player in Division III following his senior season

    Putting the puck in the net isn't getting any easier! With defenses collapsing around the crease, aggressive shot blocking and better overall goal-tending, coaches need to find ways to generate scoring opportunities. Successful transition leads to more offensive chances.

    Two-time National Coach of the Year Jack Arena shares a step-by-step method for adding a new layer to your hockey team's scoring arsenal. By transforming turnovers in your defensive zone into open ice attacks off the rush, your team will add a powerful offensive weapon to their play.

    Transition Drills

    Coach Arena presents a progressive ladder of drills used for quick looks and passes that will enhance your players' ability to immediately put the opposition on their heels. These drills will help build natural, immediate transitions into attacks, without needing to build plays to make it happen.

    Coach Arena works from the "ground up" in this detailed presentation. Once players have the ability to skate, pass the puck, receive the puck, provide good support and offer attack options, these attributes will lead to success on the ice. An example of Coach Arena's drills include:

    • Hinge/Re-hinge Drill - An exceptional drill for teaching defensemen to support the puck and move it efficiently in the neutral zone with a quick attack option to the forwards. The drill works on the skating, stick handling, passing, spacing and supporting aspects off a transitional play.
    • Neutral Small Game Drill - This drill helps your team learn to maintain control of the puck during a "small ice" scenario and get pucks to teammates in a confined and crowded neutral zone. It will help forwards incorporate their defensive teammates into their transitions, in addition to improving passing to any teammate despite high pressure.
    • Gopher Regroup - This drill contains an element of unpredictability. Rather than skating or playing in a known pattern, your players must transition the puck on the coach's whistle. This drill provides a game-like experience and will keep your players on their toes.

    By using the drills outlined in this video, your team will gain the ability to create turnovers and transition them into scoring opportunities. At the same time, your players will learn to anticipate and prevent a situation that could backfire and turn into a transition play against them. Coach Arena instructs a valuable skill set to teach your players about the most important aspects of transitional hockey. From skating, handling the puck, support options, the importance of good passes and always supporting the puck carrier, Coach Arena covers everything you need to turn your team into a transition scoring machine.

    77 minutes. 2016.

    DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions


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