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How to prepare for a Youth/Minor
Hockey Rep team tryout
 

Start training at least 1 or 2 months prior to the tryout camp

Do Conditioning – long distance running, bicycling, swimming

         – sprint running, running up hills or stairs, skipping rope

Weight training to develop and strengthen wrists...

On ice skating practice for speed, agility, turns, stops, starts...

Attending a hockey school in late August

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Skills required to make a
Rep Team

       Make a positive first impression at tryout camp

       Give 100 % effort every drill and scrimmage shift

       Display scoring skills

       Checking ability to create a turnover or loose pick

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To Score More Goals

         Shoot puck yourself

         Get puck through to the net

         Pass to player in a better scoring position

         Get to rebounds...

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        Skills required to become an
excellent two way forward  
 

         Skating  speed, agility and conditioning

        Passing and receiving skills – gets into open to receive pass

        Shooting and scoring skills – when and where to shoot

        Forechecking and backchecking skills to create turnovers

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Skills required to become
 a Number 1 defenceman   

        Prevent goals

        Good backward skater and can do 180 degree pivots

        Execute stick checks to create loose puck...

        Playing 1 on 1’s  and 2 on 1’s correctly

        Blocks shots

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Skills required to become
a number 1 goaltender

           Ability to stop first shot

          Set positioning square to shooter and puck

           Quick hands and feet – catching skills

          Controls rebounds         

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To improve players Shooting
Skills and Puck Velocity

      Wrist shot- drag puck, snap wrist, follow through

       Backhand shot – same as wrist shot but on backhand side

       Slap shot- hit ice 2 to 3 inches behind puck, drag forward

       Snap shot- half wrist shot, half slap shot      

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How to win more games

      Practice on  ice, or off ice, weekly in a gymnasium

       Score more goals, practice different scoring methods

       Finding open receiver with a pass, head man the puck

      On ice discipline and Take fewer penalties

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Skills required to skate faster

         Knees always flexed forward beyond your toes

         Feet shoulder width apart

         V starts with skates almost 90 degrees to direction you want to go

         Push with inside edges

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Skills required to
Forecheck correctly

      The goal of forechecking is to recover a loose puck

      Play the puck carrier and angle him into boards

       Finish the check and pin him to the boards

       Create a loose puck

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Skills required to
Backcheck correctly

 The goal of backchecking is to prevent a goal against

       To comeback into your own end to help your defense

 To eliminate odd man rushes and cover open man

        To recover any rebounds or loose pucks      

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How to play defensive hockey

Defensive hockey begins when your team loses the puck

       Try to regain possession of puck in the offensive zone

  In neutral zone backcheck and cover open man

  intercept passes and watch for any give aways 

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How to play offensive hockey

      Offensive hockey begins when your team recovers  the puck

       In defensive zone get into clearing play positions

      In neutral zone spread out wide

      In the offensive zone try to create a 2 on 1 situation

       

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