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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

Cover: more games to teach the game
More Games to Teach the Game
with Jamie Rice,
Babson College Head Coach;
2x ECAC East Coach of the Year; 4x ECAC East Tournament Champions

The only way to teach a game is through small game play. This is why it's integral to USA Hockey's new American Development Model (ADM), where small games and cutting the ice down are crucial to making the game more fun to learn.

Many players - children through adults - develop a bad habit of treating the game of hockey as a series of footraces, breakaways, and highlight reel 1-on-0s. To reach higher levels of hockey play, the ability to master small ice, confined play and the 10-ft game is essential.

Jamie Rice follows up his best-selling Games to Teach the Game video with 12 more small area games to build skills that will transition into a competitive game environment. These games are an ideal and effective way of dividing the ice into small, specific zones that put players into situations that mimic tight, game-like environments. You'll be able to put your players into real world scenarios where quick passes, fast feet, and puck control are essential.

Learn how to effectively use small area games, with guidelines or restrictions to develop and enhance your practices. Through Coach Rice's games, you will learn how to use small area games to improve:

  • Skating, puck handling, puck protection and defensive skills. Competition naturally forces players into "overspeed" situations where they are uncomfortable. Spending time practicing outside their comfort zone will result in more rapid skill gains.
  • Puck support skills. Many repetitions in a competitive environment quickly illustrates to your players which areas of the ice they can move to in order to successfully support their teammates and create good scoring chances.
  • Quick shooting and rebound hunting skills. Most goals are scored by quickly reacting to a moving puck from either a pass or a rebound.
  • Passing skills. Many players want to throw the puck to an area without thinking, rather than making a direct pass. Rewarding direct passes in a competitive environment will both improve your players' passing and receiving skills and positively reinforce the benefits of tape-to-tape passing.
  • On-ice awareness and hockey sense. In hockey, the difference between advanced and elite players is the ability to THINK. When players can anticipate where the puck is likely to go next and understand where the "good" areas of the ice are located, they have an advantage over their opponents and can create good offensive opportunities without taking unnecessary defensive risks.

    Featured games in his video include:

    • Possession 4 v 2 - This drill works on man advantage, puck protection, ability to possess the puck, and two players defending against four. Your players must pay attention and react to the ever-changing pace of the game as situations constantly move from offense to defense and back to offense in mere seconds.
    • Crosby/Kane Drill - This drill teaches how to keep control for shots, ensuring your players hit the net all while maintaining control of the puck within an 8-foot radius around the net. Your players will become a real threat by maintaining possession of the puck through multiple defenders and finding opportunities to score from less than ideal angles, coverage and spaces.

    The game has changed drastically in the past five years. Paced and calculated play relying on size and muscle has taken a back seat to a game of speed, skill and reflexive situational play. By further constraining the situation and incorporating a repertoire of fun and educational games, your team can win more games through improved individual skills and team cooperation while having a blast in practice!

    "I loved this video! Without a question it's a 5 of 5 for me. It is filled with great games that are competitive and fun. Watching this will allow me to create more engaging practice plans that will result in more intense practices, will build team camaraderie, and have the players excited to be at the rink every day." - Customer Review

    101 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: games to teach the game of hockey 2-pack
Games to Teach the Game of Hockey 2-Pack
HD-04662: with Jamie Rice, Babson College Head Coach;
2x ECAC East Coach of the Year; 4x ECAC East Tournament Champions

Hockey is a competitive game. The best way to prepare for competition is by developing practice habits that enhance skill development and reinforce how you want your players to respond during a game. In this presentation, Jamie Rice shares 13 of his best practice games that challenge players to compete and become fully engaged to achieve desired game outcomes.

This presentation shows how game play in practice enhances both skill development and the development of competitive game habits. In addition, the video shows how specific games and game play can create desired outcomes and set the tone for more productive practices with players engaged, excited to participate and challenged.

Coach Rice starts with a short series of team warm-up games to get the competitive juices flowing, and to get players moving both offensively and defensively.

He moves on to a game called "Beaney," a 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 game that encourages stick-on-stick defensive play and allows for significant offensive creativity. The tone for practice is clearly defined in this competitive battle game that will inspire your team to compete.

Other featured games include:

  • Finn 4v3 - There is a numerical advantage in this game that's similar to a power play situation. It creates a puck possession and support focus under pressure. Because players are moving quickly from offense to defense, game play reinforces the importance of a quick transition and how it can be one of the most opportunistic moments of the game.
  • Neutral Zone Backdoor - This game focuses on offensive opportunities involving defensemen, who are encouraged to become a part of the offensive attack through quick transition and jumping up in the offensive puck support. The game reinforces the typical 5v5 framework but allows players to join the play and create numerical advantages and backdoor opportunities. This will help encourage your team to get all players involved in the attack.
  • Levels - Another puck support game but this one encourages more open ice opportunities and develops different angles of the attack to the net. Backdoor and quick touch puck movement is emphasized. Your players will learn how to see the offensive attack with more width.

These games will teach your players to:

  • make quick decisions when passing and shooting, especially on one-touch plays
  • find the open man it tight spaces to create scoring opportunities
  • provide open passing lanes and a good target for the puck carrier

When you put players in an environment where they constantly compete, it raises the level of both individual and team competition. This presentation shows coaches how to use game play to bring out the best in their players and how to constantly create challenging practices that captivate the players.

119 minutes. 2014.



HD-04955: with Jamie Rice,
Babson College Head Coach;
2x ECAC East Coach of the Year; 4x ECAC East Tournament Champions

The only way to teach a game is through small game play. This is why it's integral to USA Hockey's new American Development Model (ADM), where small games and cutting the ice down are crucial to making the game more fun to learn.

Many players - children through adults - develop a bad habit of treating the game of hockey as a series of footraces, breakaways, and highlight reel 1-on-0s. To reach higher levels of hockey play, the ability to master small ice, confined play and the 10-ft game is essential.

Jamie Rice follows up his best-selling Games to Teach the Game video with 12 more small area games to build skills that will transition into a competitive game environment. These games are an ideal and effective way of dividing the ice into small, specific zones that put players into situations that mimic tight, game-like environments. You'll be able to put your players into real world scenarios where quick passes, fast feet, and puck control are essential.

Learn how to effectively use small area games, with guidelines or restrictions to develop and enhance your practices. Through Coach Rice's games, you will learn how to use small area games to improve:

  • Skating, puck handling, puck protection and defensive skills. Competition naturally forces players into "overspeed" situations where they are uncomfortable. Spending time practicing outside their comfort zone will result in more rapid skill gains.
  • Puck support skills. Many repetitions in a competitive environment quickly illustrates to your players which areas of the ice they can move to in order to successfully support their teammates and create good scoring chances.
  • Quick shooting and rebound hunting skills. Most goals are scored by quickly reacting to a moving puck from either a pass or a rebound.
  • Passing skills. Many players want to throw the puck to an area without thinking, rather than making a direct pass. Rewarding direct passes in a competitive environment will both improve your players' passing and receiving skills and positively reinforce the benefits of tape-to-tape passing.
  • On-ice awareness and hockey sense. In hockey, the difference between advanced and elite players is the ability to THINK. When players can anticipate where the puck is likely to go next and understand where the "good" areas of the ice are located, they have an advantage over their opponents and can create good offensive opportunities without taking unnecessary defensive risks.

    Featured games in his video include:

    • Possession 4 v 2 - This drill works on man advantage, puck protection, ability to possess the puck, and two players defending against four. Your players must pay attention and react to the ever-changing pace of the game as situations constantly move from offense to defense and back to offense in mere seconds.
    • Crosby/Kane Drill - This drill teaches how to keep control for shots, ensuring your players hit the net all while maintaining control of the puck within an 8-foot radius around the net. Your players will become a real threat by maintaining possession of the puck through multiple defenders and finding opportunities to score from less than ideal angles, coverage and spaces.

    The game has changed drastically in the past five years. Paced and calculated play relying on size and muscle has taken a back seat to a game of speed, skill and reflexive situational play. By further constraining the situation and incorporating a repertoire of fun and educational games, your team can win more games through improved individual skills and team cooperation while having a blast in practice!

    "I loved this video! Without a question it's a 5 of 5 for me. It is filled with great games that are competitive and fun. Watching this will allow me to create more engaging practice plans that will result in more intense practices, will build team camaraderie, and have the players excited to be at the rink every day." - Customer Review

    101 minutes. 2016.



DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: goaltender development: fundamental drills for building championship habits
Goaltender Development: Fundamental Drills for Building Championship Habits
with Seth Appert,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Head Coach;
part of two NCAA Championships as an Assistant Coach at the University of Denver (1999-06);
3x Team USA U18 National Coach;
past president of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA)

"You are what you are, by the habits you create." - Seth Appert

Your goalies are a key to your team's success, and goaltending is perhaps the most important position in all sports. Developing habits are critical to being a top notch goalie. Through a series of movement drills and game situations, Seth Appert takes you through a goalie practice with detailed instruction and feedback. He covers specific drills to help you learn fundamental foot movement, improve shot tracking techniques, and help with "next save" and "next play" focus.

Goalie Fundamentals

The emphasis of this video is not for you to change your goalie's style of play, but instead show how your goalie can be their best within their own style. Practice starts with goalie fundamentals to provide a proper base to work with. It is said that 75% of the shots a goalie will face are basic, fundamental shots. It's what your goalie does with that shot that will either keep it routine, or create secondary scoring chances for the opponent.

Daily Drills for Fundamentals and Skating

Create muscle memory and correct common mistakes to get the most out of your goalies. Coach Appert provides over 10 drills to help goalies build strength in their game and get them positioned to stop pucks. These drills combine multiple aspects of previous drills to challenge goalies and prepare them to excel during games. Some of the drills include:

  • Visual Tracking Drills - Goalies need to be able to gain a clear view of the shot and watch it all the way to their glove or pad. Not only on the incoming shot, but also track the rebound to stay square to the puck at all times. Coach Appert uses a lot of visual tracking shot sequences to reinforce the importance of focus and positioning for goaltenders.
  • Fundamentals of Skating Drills - This progression challenges your goalie's foot speed. It also refines their ability to gain an angle first and use their depth to be in position to stop the puck with as little movement as needed. Keeping the feet under the body with shoulders up and hands in front helps steer your goalie's movements.
  • Wide Angle Shots Drill - This drill reinforces the need for goalies to use their stick to deflect pucks to the corner and out of play. This drill segment stresses utilizing the stick rather than just letting the puck hit the leg pads, which would create rebound shot opportunities. Goalies need to use strong foot movement to get square to the shooter and use the stick on the low shot to direct the puck out of trouble.
  • Pass - Outs Drill - This exercise is great for the goalie, but will benefit your shooters as well. With a one pass option, this drill makes your goalie move from post to post and stay square while gaining depth and remaining on angle to take the shot.

Coach Appert uses the whiteboard to illustrate the drills and demonstrates with instructional insight on ice to make this video a terrific learning tool for coaches.

Coaching goalies goes far beyond telling them to "just stop the puck." Investing time in improving your goaltenders will translate into improving the team as a whole. Even if you've never played or coached the goalie position before, this video will help you be able to provide insights and instruction to arguably the most important player on the ice.

"The biggest thing with this video is it has given me several ideas of what I can work on with my goalies in the absence of my Goalie Coach and the practice still being productive for the Goalies." - Customer Review

95 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: basic & advanced stickhandling for the modern player
Basic & Advanced Stickhandling for the Modern Player
with Eric Johnson,
Founder and Lead Instructor of Impact Hockey
Minnetonka (MN) High School Girl's Hockey Head Coach, 2015 Minnesota Class 2A State Runners-Up;
General Manager of the Minnesota Hockey Advanced Program, former WCHA St. Cloud State Huskies forward,
NHL draft pick for the Vancouver Canucks;

"This is an exceptional video in terms of explanations and demonstrations. The variety and creativity is going to set a new standard of excellence." - Customer Review

Fakes, dekes, dangles - it all means more puck control and possession for your team.

Dramatically improve your ability to maintain puck control and possession by improving your versatility with the puck. Eric Johnson creates scenarios and plays that will help you and your team build a repertoire of stick handling and puck possession techniques.

The terminology and the progression to the "next step" that Coach Johnson provides is a vital learning tool to becoming a great stickhandling hockey player. From a basic toe drag, to head fakes to perfect passing, this video addresses everything you need to become a serious threat on the ice by keeping the puck on your stick longer and reducing turnovers.

Puck Control

Perfect passing, reducing turnovers, and increasing your own time and space will make you a more valuable player whether you are a defender or a forward. Coach Johnson runs through a review of the basics of stickhandling - proper stick length, hand position and body position - then focuses on more advanced skills like puck control with the toe of the blade. Several drills are used to highlight the importance of heads up and soft hands.

Today, most stick manufactures design the stick to use the toe of the blade as the release point for shots, so players needs to be able to control the puck off of the toe. Coach Johnson presents several toe flip drills that teach players to stickhandle with the toe of the blade; a skill that has become more prevalent in modern in hockey.

Separation Moves

The ability to quickly create separation from an opponent is necessary to create time see the ice. Coach Johnson introduces the concepts of pushing and showing the puck, then flicking the puck across the body to gain separation. He details several basic dekes, step outs and puck protection techniques that help players keep possession in all three zones.

The Around the Circle drill helps players to load the puck and spring across, which draws the opponent away from your intended direction and thus create more separation.

Advanced Stick Skills and Drills

The advanced section focuses on drills that involve multitasking and utilizing several skills at once. Coach Johnson has his players pass off tires and collect the puck in order to learn how to read and react to unpredictable rebounds and passes.

Off Ice Stickhandling and Drills

You'll learn several competitive drills that can be practiced on synthetic ice surfaces to continue skill progression off the ice. Perfect for players without regular access to a rink!

This excellent content will help you and your team build puck possession and stickhandling skills that go beyond basic dekes and dangles and into puck-on-stick mastery.

"Just this mere two hours of interaction and active practice of the techniques early in the video improved my stickhandling and also my personal time of possession of the puck. I play often play defense... it allowed me to make more careful plays and set up more intentional breakouts rather than merely punting the puck due to rushed fear and lack of time to make a play. This is a very valuable video!" - Customer Review

102 minutes. 2015.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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