Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guest Post: Perfecting Your Hockey Skills

Hockey is big with a lot of the kids here in our area so I thought it would be great to share this guest post brought to you by Becky Wilcox! 

Perfecting Your Hockey Skills
Whether you are just starting out or you want to perfect your skills, it is important to make sure that you are paying attention to what works for the professionals. Those who excel at hockey often do so because they have worked extremely hard at practices and drills. They have also been through the ringer and back so they understand just what you need to know in order to get started on the right foot.

Non-Stop Practices

There is a lot you will learn through hard practice. Even if you think you know the entire game, you will be surprised by what you will learn once you are out there practicing on a daily basis.
It is important to make sure that you are putting forth your best effort during practices. This means that while you are sitting out, your concentration needs to be on all of the other players – on both sides.
You also need to take this time to improve not just your hockey skills, but your skating skills as well. You could be the best at the game of hockey itself, but if you can barely skate, you are not really going to go all that far in the game.

Working on Drills

There are a wide variety of drills that you can practice as a team or with a friend or two. Alternate the various drills in order to stay on top of your game. The more you practice, the better you will get.
Drills such as scrimmage, shoot out, two on one, one puck horseshoe, passing horseshoe, relay races, British bull dog, shooting, and passing are all excellent drills to use.

As you start to go through them, you will find that you prefer some over the others. However, it is important to give all of the drills a fair chance because they each are able to help hockey players in their own way.

More That You Need

As mentioned before, you want to reach out for as much help as possible. You also need to make sure that you have all of the equipment that you could possibly need. Such equipment goes beyond the obvious hockey stick, mask, and skates. You need good hockey grip tape.
Now that you are a little more prepared to start practicing your hockey skills, it is time to get out there. There is no better time than the present so do not put it off any longer.

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