Taking your Game to the Next Level

During the Stanley Cup Playoffs players and teams have a small window to take advantage of playoff opportunities or their season is over. As a developing youth athlete there is window within which you will develop your athletic talent or many higher level opportunities will pass. Unlike NHL players youth athletes don’t just develop on the ice but ice work is necessary. Former NHL Star Ray Ferraro says:

“– Don’t pay for power skating, dryland training, skill development and expect your son to score 50 goals, if you decide to invest in extras do it because your son asked for it and wants to improve and has a smile on his face each and every time … too many parents decide what they want their kids to do instead of their kids asking to do it.

– 12 month hockey is wrong … organized skills sessions, tryouts, spring hockey is too much and too taxing … kids can shoot pucks, stick handle, play street hockey but they need out of the mental insanity of a hockey rink and need to be engaged in something other than hockey … the time away reinforces the passion to want it.”

Other former NHL stars talk about important of skills and skating. Mike Knuble as part of the 7 things every young hockey player should know says kids should focus on skating. “3. Skate as much as possible.,” but he also places importance on “4. Choose your coaches wisely, and 5. Pay attention to what you eat”

There may not be one single formula but work ethic and fun are largely part of it.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. We offer need based financial aid to hockey players (no skill based aid sorry) along with opportunities for Elite Hockey Development. If you would like to participate in our programs and have a financial need don’t hesitate to email myedgehockey@gmail.com. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

Developing Hockey IQ


Hockey IQ for your player comes from developing not only good playing habits but increasing hockey knowledge and acumen. There are many software programs and motivational tapes one can buy that will improve play but is true iq developed or harnessed from what is already there. It is likely developed but based on physical and psychological background it may be easier for some to acquire then others.

Software programs:

1) USA Hockey offers intelligym. This is a game like software that teaches hockey and lets players enjoy a game similar to hockey where smart decisions are enforced with points.

2) Lumosity.com: Developing General IQ would also improve Hockey IQ. Becoming a smart hockey player is easier if you work on becoming a smart person.

3) Khanacademy.org: A pure education site that is free and teaches everything from basic math to higher education. Helps improve intelligence.

Activities:

1) Play other team and individual sports. Many mental strategies in hockey are similar in other sports. For example the ball movement for a soccer team resemble puck possession in hockey. We talk about sports ideal for hockey here.

2) Classroom sessions: Many coaches take advantage of classroom and teaching sessions to teach concepts. These classroom sessions often can leapfrog individuals as they see what is needed and how to fix through video and explanation. Many parents also spend time videotaping to teach.

3) Private Mentoring: Many players utilize mentors who teach subtle aspects of the game for player improvements. Mentors can be hockey coaches, former or older player and friends. There is great benefit of utilizing mentors and learning.

4) Psychological Training: Many books and tapes are available for improving hockey psychology and mindset. The mental aspect of the game represents over 50% of the performance. Athletes with correct focus, determination and passion make better decisions. This involves not only mental training but proper rest and attitude. Many PHd’s have published websites and tapes with mental training information.

Training Hockey IQ is an important part of hockey training.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

What to expect when Body Checking starts


Body Checking is a fundamental skill in hockey that changes the game for players as they transition from Peewee to Bantam. With the new USA Hockey rules implemented over the last few years body contact and body positioning has been expanded to allow the transition to body checking a little easier. The biggest issue with checking is that as a players move into their Bantam years (12 and 13 year old kids) they are all on different growth patterns. You may see a 12 year old kid who has had his growth spurt playing against peers who have not. This leads to size mismatches that cause many potentially capable players to stop playing hockey because they are not big enough to endure the physical game. Added to this is many players have not been properly taught how to check and disregard safety that leads to serious on ice injuries.

There are many other types of checking then body checking. Stick checks, poke checks, and back checks to name a few. We are concentrating our discussion to body checking. Checking can be defined as using physical force, without breaking the rules to either gain possession of the puck or to disrupt the other player’s play. All experts will agree that the most important aspect of checking is body positioning. It is important to position yourself before the check and be in the correct position after the check. Causes of poor body checks are penalties, injuries, and errors that cause the other team to score. Delivering a proper check relates to the position of the other player and the position of the checking player. Proper checks are made to the front and side of the other player. Poor checks are to the head or back of the player you are checking. As a person receiving the check it is most important to keep your head up while skating. Many injuries are caused by not being attentive to the play around you while skating. So what should you expect when checking starts:

1) Poor checking. Watch out for misguided players who don’t know what they are doing. Hopefully this will not last more than 2 months into season.

2) Injuries. More concussions, more injuries related to additional body contact. Medical professionals agree your body is probably not ready for body checking until age 15.

3) Penalties and Fights. Player will have to control emotions and focus on the game.

4) Faster game. Player will need to increase speed and skills to out smart the physical play.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

Analysis of Hockey Moves and Dekes vs. Puck Possession

Many coaches to win concentrate on puck possession in their training. Puck possession improves team play and reduces turnovers. But many great plays, passes or goals wouldn’t be possible if players didn’t challenge the defense with moves and dekes. Moves and dekes by a player challenge the defense and are higher risk plays. If the player does not successfully execute the play to find a pass or score he will likely turn over the puck to the defense. This may mean a goal at the other end. Hockey sense is a function of both. Elite players are able to keep team puck possession and utilize an arsenal of moves and dekes. Many do it without thinking about it. Many coaches and players struggle with teammates that skate from end to end and want to score. Teams, players and coaches face the challenge to balance individual play and play that requires more puck possession. The difference in winning and losing between two equally skilled teams is team play and puck possession. Despite this elite players must also concentrate on building their arsenal of moves and dekes. Puck possession will only create an edge for your team up to a certain age. When the other teams find balance the team that has only concentrated on team play will suffer. These teams will need to find players that have the individual skill to complement the team play.

At any age you need to work on and improve your repertoire of moves and dekes. The top players at each age group are recognized for their ability to react to the game forces and maneuver around obstacles to achieve team success. It would be an impossible task to define all possible moves and dekes but we can cover a few of the most essential.

To be great at dekes and moves all you need is a stick and ball or a stick and puck if you have a surface where you can glide the puck. Do the the training off the ice and use the training on the ice. Many players can learn by themselves and don’t need to buy many gizmos.

“Deke” comes from the word decoy. The challenge most great stick handlers face is reading the attacker. Speed will always take you past the attacker(s) if the player is faster. The player will find it harder to get around multiple attackers than a single attacker. Many players try to get fancy when they can just blow by their defender(s). If you can’t out skate your defender then you must use moves to trick them into letting you by them or trick them into letting you set up the goal without losing the puck. Dekes are best performed by change of direction. The attacker expects a player to go a certain direction and the player changes direction and goes a different way. Dekes can also be performed by change of speed. Players can slow down or increase speed to get past attacker(s). Some great techniques that many may know already are:

Fake in front – fake going one way to the attacker and go the other way. You can do this going left or going right. You can do this multiple times to get past the attacker. A player could do 3 to five fakes to achieve the purpose.

Outside in or Inside Out moves – These moves fake an attacker to thinking either you are going outside them or inside them and then you quickly change direction and go the opposite. You can create many variations of this move as well.

Slide the puck – Slide the puck to the right, center or left of attacker under their stick and pick it up as you go past the attacker. This can be done using the forehand and the backhand and also can be done multiple times. Another variation of this deke is flipping the puck over the attacker stick.

Toe Drag – Skate the puck up and let it in front of you. Using the toe of the stick pull it away from the attacker and get around him. You can do it with your forehand and your backhand. It could also be to the side to the left and right. The key is to do it quickly and move your feet to get past the attacker. Toe drags can be combined with other moves and can be called dangling. Dangling is combining dekes to make an individual move unique to player. An example is doing a toe drag followed by a spin-o-rama.

Skate Passes to Stick – Kicking the puck to your stick is a great deke that can be easily done. The attacker expects you to skate the puck but using your skate, their skate and your stick can provide a great technique to get past the attacker.

Fake shot – Faking a shot and stick handling around attacker is also quite affective.

Spin-o-rama – Stopping in front of your attacker and spinning away from the attacker to get around him. Excellent move against goalies.

Fake Spin-o-rama opposite spin – Stop in front of attacker a fake a move to opposite direction pretending you are doing a spin-o-rama and then spin forward around the opponent.

Michigan – This is a lacrosse move with a stick. Picking the puck up with your stick and throwing it in the net.

Ice Location moves – If you are at the blue line for example you can pretend you are leaving the zone and then button hook back in without leaving and attack the net. You can do this a set up a pass or go to the net to score. Gretzky did that a lot.

Baseball hit – Lift the puck in the air. Hit it in the air and get around your attacker or score a goal.

Great Player moves – From Datsyuk, to Bure, to Lemieux, to Gretzky, to Orr, to Jagr, to many other great players have moves that use combinations of above.

We look forward to working with the next generation of players that will have moves and dekes named after them. We will be running training programs with great coaches and will be forming teams for spring/summer tournament competition for Spring/Summer 2014. Please fill out player application for consideration. We will have teams in birth years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Please click birth year link for more information on tournaments for your birth year. Please Apply for Invite Here

 

 

 

Elite hockey players improve performance during offseason

The off season is the spring and summer. Many players use this time to develop their skills against higher levels of competition to be prepared to dominate in the fall. It is encouraged to play other sports and take some time off in the spring and summer so you don’t burn yourself out. Burnout results in reduced performance. As a true performer you need to be challenged and pushed but not worn down. We want you to get the most out of the times you play hockey in the spring and summer. Many programs pack it in as much as possible. Little thought is placed on how effective the training is going to be. The most amount of thought is placed on how much money can be made with the least amount of effort. My edge hockey is not for everyone. It is only for a few exceptional players that want to maximize their hockey development while taking advantage of small group training, smaller teams to maximize ice touches and playing time, not for profit business model, and competitive training against the elite hockey players in your age group. Please Apply for Invite Here

We will be running training programs and will be forming teams for spring/summer tournament competition for Spring/Summer 2014. Please fill out player application for consideration. We will have teams in birth years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Please click birth year link for more information on tournaments for your birth year. Our promise to you will be:

1) Good communication.

2) We will pass through expenses and will not try to make money from your participation.

3) We will form elite teams and promote the highest caliber or competition and training by working only with the best coaches and players.

4) Our teams and training opportunities will be smaller in size to maximize development.

Please Apply for Invite Here