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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

    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


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