Create a challenging, competitive practice environment that translates into success on game day.
- Learn how to design elements of a hockey practice to improve individual skills and sharpen competitive levels
- Discover drills for warming up, transitioning from offense to defense, and attacking and defending off the rush
- Learn how to use video review to improve practice skills and identify game strengths and weaknesses to improve player development
with Tim Whitehead,
Kimball Union Academy (NH) Head Boys Hockey Coach;
former University of Maine Head Coach, took Maine to four Frozen Four appearances;
2002 Spencer Penrose Award recipient (Division I Men's Coach of the Year)
Tim Whitehead shares two days of live practice for his Kimball Union Academy prep school team.
Coach Whitehead demonstrates how he starts off the week by implementing a Monday practice that promotes skill development through small area games and flow-based drills. He continues his weekly progression with a Tuesday practice that places a greater emphasis on system development by using high tempo drills.
You will see how Coach Whitehead uses the clock and score-keeping in his practices to keep the tempo high and maintain a competitive environment for his players. His unique style and positive energy promote and encourage a competitive learning environment, which fosters the development of individual and team play.
Practice – Day 1
This live practice is heavy on small area games and competitions. After beginning practice with some skating edge work to loosen up the legs, Coach Whitehead transitions into a small area game to work on passing, skating and getting into the hockey mindset. You'll see 11 drills throughout this practice, including three competitive shooting drills, a 3v3 full ice game and a power play/penalty kill drill.
Practice – Day 2
Day 2 has more of a structured feel to it. Again, Coach Whitehead utilizes small area games as a key part to his team's warm-up. He takes his players through a series of progressive flow drills, neutral zone situations, continuous 2v1, 2v2, 3v2 and power play/penalty kill.
The practice wraps up with a film room session where game footage is reviewed and analyzed. You will gain valuable insights for your own film sessions. Properly run video sessions can pay big dividends for athletes and have a big impact on team success.
Watching these live practices will enable you to create a challenging, competitive practice environment that translates to game day. This is a great video for coaches of all levels who are looking for practice drills and systems.
104 minutes. 2015.
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