Hockey Practice Partners & Pick-Up Players

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Find ice hockey or street hockey players, practice partners and coaches who can help you improve your skills.

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  • Find Hockey Players

    Professional hockey players train year round. Find other hockey players who love the game as much as you and who also want to improve.You can train with other hockey players on and off the ice.

  • Find Hockey Coaches

    Look for hockey professionals and coaches who offer private training sessions. You can consult with a hockey coach about ways to improve your offensive, deffensive skills, follow through and checking skills.

  • Find Hockey Rinks

    Keep your skates and hockey skills sharp by joining a league at a nearby indoor skating rink. Most rinks have hockey tournaments, but you may find more games at hockey arenas and large stadiums.

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  • Ice Hockey Partner Basics

    Hockey players need to have many versatile skills. Not only do you have to be an excellent skater to excel in hockey, but you also have to have fantastic puck and stick control. Practicing with a team is a good way to cover all the basics of your hockey technique. Sometimes, however, you need to focus in on the areas you are having trouble with. Finding a hockey partner to help you zoom in on your problem areas is a great way to improve while having fun and staying motivated.

    Your hockey partner should encourage you. Constructive criticism should come in digestable doses. A partner who harps on your every fault will only lower your confidence. They should also want to improve as much as you do. There is nothing so terrible as a partner who you have to drag to the rink everyday. Be sure you and your hockey partner set up a clear and adequate practice schedule that you both are capable of sticking to. While on the ice, warm up with some skating drills like line drills that increase in difficulty per set or short shift drills that use the width of the rink. These drills are great for conditioning and increasing speed. Next practice passing to improve puck and stick control.

    Hockey players need strong legs and great balance. So, when you tire of skating and passing drills, take your hockey training to the gym. You and your hockey partner can work on developing a strong core with this Balance Challenge with Core Workout.

  • Off Season Training for Ice Hockey Players

    When the hockey season ends, and you pack your skates and stick up, it's time to give your body a break. But how long should you take a break? And while you're not in preseason training, how should you be working out? Most hockey coaches and trainers will tell you to take 2 to 3 weeks off. No games, no workouts and lots of sleep.

    It is typically recommended that during the off season, hockey players take time to allow the mind to rest, to allow muscles to recovery and to address any in-season injuries. This is also a good time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. You can take this time to talk with your hockey coach about where you need to improve. You can also watch videos of games to discover for yourself what you need to work on or to see what other players do better than you. You can use this valuable information to create a concrete workout plan that helps you improve your cross over skating, stops and turns, and dribbling and checking.

    Your workout plan should help you maintain 50% - 60% of your fitness level. It is not good to totally quick training and take 6 weeks off. It is a good idea, however, to cross-train by taking time off from training for hockey. You can try another athletic activity that involves light impact like swimming or cycling. As a hockey player, you likely use one arm more than the other. Address this imbalance during your workout. To start an off-season hockey workout, try FitLink's Full Body in an Hour Workout two to three times a week.

  • Ice Hockey Captain Basics

    All sport teams have a captain whose responsibilities are governed by the rules of the game. Hockey captains have a very unusual role compared to other sports. The player chosen to be captain wears a C on his or her jersey. They are the team motivator, representative and spokesperson. Being a hockey captain requires a lot of time and commitment. If you are playing in an amateur league, likely the hockey captain will be the person who organized the team. They are entire hockey teams contact person. Captains must make sure everyone attends practices. They also keep track of each player's practice performance to know who will play what positions at any given game. During the game, a hockey captain is the only person who can discuss issues with a referee when a penalty has been called. Some teams rotate the captain in and out of the game, because it is such a demanding position. Most teams have an alternative captain, should the main captain get put in the penalty box. Teams, however, don't want to endorse a captain who spends a lot of time in the penalty box. A hockey captain is a role model for the team. They are likely the best players and also the most consistent. When your team is deciding on a captain, pick the player who most is a natural at leading drills, has a passion for the game, and has a thorough knowledge of all hockey rules.

  • Ice Hockey Skills

    Hockey players are not just good skaters. To be a pro ice hockey player, you have to master many skills. Within the realm of skating skills, ice hockey players have to be able to skate forward, backward, crossover forward, crossover backward in addition to stopping, starting and turning. Stick handling is the next most important skill a hockey player needs. Stick handling has to be adequate for both arms, though most players favor one over the other. Hockey players have to dribble and do stick-checking drills during every practice. All players have to be good shooters including forehand, backhand and deflection shots. Players will also have to pass and take passes of the puck many times during a hockey game. Lastly, hockey players have to learn how to body check. So, get to practice as often as you can, because all these skills are not perfected over night.

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