Helpful resources for Peachtree City Hockey Association Coaches
July 2nd, 2014
"Working on stickhandling is a critical individual skill that can be honed during your off ice time. But there are so many tools out there to choose from. How do you know what is worthwhile spending money on and what isn’t? What if you have a limited budget? What should your priorities be? Well this video will help provide answers to all of these questions and more."
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Essential Training Gear - Stickhandling Video
By Paul Chapey
Oct 29, 2001, 19:21
Technically, roller hockey isn’t much different than ice hockey. While we’ve talked about the differences between skating on blades and on wheels, the fact is that shooting, stickhandling, stick checking and most of the other technical hockey skills are the same for roller and ice hockey.
Tactically and strategically, however, roller and ice hockey can be quite different. Here are some effective tactics and strategies for roller hockey—some of which are obviously different than those that work in ice hockey.
Roller hockey should be played something like European ice hockey. Since roller is played with four skaters and a goaltender, there’s more skating room and generally less congestion. NHL hockey is more linear, with attention to skating lanes. Roller hockey is more a game of wheeling and dealing, weaving, interchanging and curvilinear skating. Quite a bit of man-to-man defense is used in roller hockey, and non-linear skating does a good job of offsetting that kind of coverage.
In ice hockey—particularly the North American game—penetration of the zone is often accomplished by sacrificing possession. A solid roller hockey strategy is to never sacrifice possession. In top-level amateur roller hockey there are no line calls, so it’s much easier to regroup and not risk zone attacks without an offensive numerical advantage. Whacking the puck into what would be the offensive zone is rock-head strategy.
Don’t over pass in roller hockey. If you’re in a bind and need to get rid of the puck, put it on goal. The puck is lighter and easier to shoot quickly in this game. Goaltender is the most challenging position in roller hockey because lateral movement on wheels is difficult. Also, many roller rinks aren’t too well lit, and this adds to the goalie’s disadvantage.
“Lots of shots” is a strategy to remember.
The most effective defensive strategies in roller hockey are man-to-man systems. Zone defenses are loose, and allow for too much shooting. One of the few times that zone coverage is advisable is during the first few shifts of the game; it’s a good idea to see how you match up against the other team. There will be certain match-ups that you’ll have to avoid, and you’ll want to identify them before going man-to-man.
Three-on-twos in roller hockey quite frequently transition into two-on-ones the other way because players fail to do a hockey stop and get back. Players tend to coast around the goal instead, and by the time they get to half floor, the other team has already had a scoring opportunity. If you’re involved offensively in a two-on-one, or any numerical advantage attack, remember to think about getting back quickly if the play is broken up.
One of the golden rules of roller hockey is not to over pursue the offensive puck carrier. Body checking isn’t allowed, and if you skate towards the puck carrier you’re easy to burn. This is poor defense in ice hockey, but in roller it’s an even worse mistake because you just can’t stop and recover as quickly on in-lines as you can on ice.
The average roller hockey game is about two 17-minute running time periods. Smart leagues play three minute minor penalties. That means one minor penalty is almost nine percent of the game. It should be obvious that taking a lot of penalties is a fast track to a losing season. In RHI, power play conversion percentages are more than double what they are in the NHL. Combine the goalie disadvantage and the wide open room to move in a four-on-three power play and it’s easy to see that penalty killing is much more difficult in roller hockey.
Your best strategy: cut down on those penalties.
If the other team is going to give you a power play advantage, then you’ve got to seize the opportunity and put the puck in the net. Design a good power play and execute well. One problem I see over and over in power plays is the lack of discipline in setting up. Teams seem to panic, rush and force the puck. There are very few set plays in hockey. But the power play is one of them that can be accomplished with repetitive practice.
Improving your special teams play is the quickest way to get better results on both sides of the scoreboard. If you successfully kill one more penalty per game and convert one more power play each game, that’s a two goal differential. This is particularly important to teams that are competitive, but seem to lose close games.
There’s one aspect of roller hockey and ice hockey where the game plan should be identical: the undetermined possession part of the game, where neither team has the puck. This demands a very simple strategy—get those loose pucks! This is the time to never hold back. If you win every race to a loose puck, it’s yours, and the offensive gates are open It doesn’t get any more basic than that.
Paul Chapey is the coach of Team USA and will coach the US in the FIRS World Championships.
This first appeared in the 05/1995 issue of Hockey Player Magazine®
© Copyright 1991-2011 Hockey Player® and Hockey Player Magazine®
Dave Easter & Richard Ropchan
(NCCP Advanced Level Certified Coaches)
1995 Canadian Men's National Inline Hockey Team
World Silver Medal Champions
August 1995, Chicago, USA
This pubication was supported by the Canadian In-line and Roller Skating Association (CIRSA). It is a compilation of drills that were used by Dave Easter and Richard Ropchan when they coached the first ever Canadian National Men's Inline team to a silver medal at the 1995 World Inline Hockey Championship.
New Georgia Return to Play Act effective January 2014:
All Georgia youth sports are now required to provide a concussion information sheet to youth athletes outlining the nature and risk of concussion and head injury. Parents please read the attached PDF document provided in the link below with your superstar athlete prior to our scheduled first games.
AAU Concussion Policy Established
It is the purpose of the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States, Inc. ("AAU"), to promote amateur sports and we wish for our members/participants who participate to do so in a manner that provides reasonable safety for their well-being.
The events and activities that are authorized by AAU are run by Local Host(s), local organizing committee(s), and/or member clubs. Athletic activities involve risks and dangers of injury and accidents may occur sometimes without fault. Available medical assistance may vary from venue to venue. The AAU recognizes that the potential for harm from concussions is a serious matter. While some accidents and even concussions may occur, the basis for the AAU's Concussion Policy is based upon trying to limit the potential harm, which could result from continued participation after such an injury.
We have therefore established this Concussion Policy for and on behalf of the AAU, which is as follows: Where there is reasonable cause to believe that a concussion may have occurred, such participant shall not be allowed to continue his/her participation in an AAU authorized event/activity without a medical release to resume such participation.
The AAU recommends all of its coaches, and other non-athlete members working with youth athletes avail themselves to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Head's Up program. Coaches and other club leaders can take a free on-line course that will provide important information in the recommendation and decision-making in handling situations that may involve concussion injuries. This course will only take approximately 30 minutes of your day. The CDC also has downloadable handouts for athletes and their parents.
Forty-three states now have laws governing sports organizations and responsibility relative to concussion. It is important that we educate our members on this matter.http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html
Whether or not you have completed your required Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach® Online Course, available FREE to you as a benefit of the AAU-PCA National Partnership, we hope you will use ALL of PCA's free resources, including:
•Momentum, PCA's bi-weekly newsletter filled with the latest news, views, videos, information and inspiration from the PCA movement to develop "Better Athletes, Better People" by providing a positive, character-building youth sports experience
•Talking Points, a series of weekly e-mails that provides key topics and points for coaches to discuss with their players, plus video commentary from PCA National Advisory Board Members, such as Doc Rivers, Phil Jackson, Shane Battier, Tara VanDerveer, Herm Edwards and Dusty Baker.
•Tools For Coaches, a webpage with links to downloadable resources, such as a Parent Meeting Agenda and sample scripts to help your players learn a Mistake Ritual, how to Honor the Game and many other techniques to get the most from your players while helping them get the most from their AAU youth sports experience.
Toronto Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre backhand glove save against the Rochester Americans.
Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"
Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents."
A good read from Yahoo! Sports:
What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent -- And What Makes A Great One
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