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Instructions:

Below you will find a set of instructions and the exercise videos for the various drills. You may notice the player featured in these videos produced by USA Hockey - a young Patrick Kane! We've all seen what he can do on the ice. It starts by taking ownership of making yourself better, putting in the time and effort stick-handling off-ice.


1) BE RESPONSIBLE:

Find a safe and acceptable area for your training session (e.g. basement, garage, etc.) with no distractions (e.g., tv, phone, siblings).

You are using a hard wooden ball and your stick which can cause damage to many things.
 

2) SET ASIDE TIME FOR REGULAR TRAINING SESSIONS:

Spend between 3-5 minutes on each exercise.

Don't cut the time short; push yourself to finish each exercise in full.

3) BE HONEST:

Don't cut corners. Do the exercises correctly (i.e., the way they are demonstrated on the video). It's okay to make mistakes. Just push through and stay at it.

This is a challenging workout that stimulates both your mind and body. Be prepared to put in the work!

Increase difficulty when you are REALLY ready (i.e., have mastered one set of exercises correctly).

4) CORRECT YOUR MISTAKES:

Once a week have a parent watch you do the drills to point out proper technique. Part of getting better is knowing where you need improvement. Ask for guidance.

Parents, this is an exercise in self-discipline for the player, so we would suggest active encouragement and guidance but not necessarily "mandatory" training sessions. We want players to take ownership of making themselves better.
 

5) HAVE FUN:

This is a fun and fast exercise that allows you to be creative and will make you a better hockey player. See where your creativity takes you!


6) NO ONE CAN MAKE YOU BETTER EXCEPT YOURSELF:

Sidney Crosby used to shoot pucks in his basement all day long! Use these exercises to improve your work ethic and discipline. Take pride in working hard and doing things correctly and faster!

Remember, no one can make us better if we don't want to get better. Put differently, it is your responsibility to make yourself better. This is true of everything in life and not only hockey!

Work hard and we'll see you on the ice!

Remember, no one can make us better if we don't want to get better. Put differently, it is your responsibility to make yourself better. This is true of everything in life and not only hockey!

Work hard and we'll see you on the ice!

VIDEO LINKS:  (Please note that all players should begin with the 'Beginner' exercises and not move onto 'Intermediate' until Beginner exercises have been mastered)

Beginner Drills

Intermediate Drills

Advanced Drills

Need to know where to find these Swedish Stick Handling Balls??? You can click here to purchase on-line and they are also avaiable at Total Hockey stores which are located throughout the Chicagoland area.

10 tips to Improve Your Stickhandling

Find out how to make the time you spend noodling around with a stick and puck more productive.  Download this great article on improving your stick handling with these 10 tips.

http://growillinoishockey.com/featured/10-tips-to-improve-your-stic


Off-Ice Stick Handling Drills

Below are instructions and video links to illustrate a new off-ice training tool. The Swedish stick-handling ball has been used by European and Russian players alike for quite some time, and is now being implemented in most Canadian hockey programs. It is used for "over-speed" stick-handling exercises that are aimed at improving the hand-eye coordination of players and developing what we commonly refer to as a "soft touch". The idea being that if you can stick handle at an accelerated speed off-ice you will be much more comfortable and composed stick-handling on the ice where everything moves at game speed.

Remember, no one can make us better if we don't want to get better. Put differently, it is your responsibility to make yourself better. This is true of everything in life and not only hockey!

Work hard and we'll see you on the ice!