As you know, hockey is a complex game that combines MANY different skills. Great hockey players can skate well, stickhandle, shoot, pass, they're strong, fast, smart, and make the right decision at the right time!
One of the biggest mistakes many hockey players make is that they only work on their skills at the rink; they only work on their speed and strength at the rink; and they only work on their hockey smarts at the rink. In today's game, if you're only developing your abilities during your regular practices and games, you're probably not going to achieve your full potential. The best players I know are at the gym on their own, working on their hockey skills off the ice, and improving their decision-making-abilities AWAY FROM THE RINK AS WELL!
Over the next few weeks, I'll be walking you through the process of developing a Home Hockey Training Center that will allow you to improve your Individual Skills at home!
Off-Ice Skill Development Strategy
There are certain hockey skills that can very realistically be developed away from the rink, and then there are some that don't work quite as well. You can gain an advantage over your opponent by practicing as many skills as possible off the ice. This video breaks down which skills can (and should) be worked on away from the rink, and gives a quick overview of how you might want to strategize your off-ice training plans.
The main hockey skills that can be developed at home are as follows:
- Passing Technique
- Some Skating Elements
Then there are a few physical performance items that should be worked on at home as well:
With the cost of ice so high, developing your hockey abilities at home is a cheap, and extremely effective way to improve your game!
Home Hockey Training Objectives and Considerations
Before you start putting together your Home Hockey Training Center, it's important to have a game plan. Here's an example of the things I thought were important considerations for my situation. I think this list is a good start, but I'm sure there are other considerations that might fit different scenarios:
- Age: Older players are bigger and stronger, which may have implications on how sturdy the equipment needs to be, and how much space you'll need.
- Ability: More advanced players will have more advanced needs, which could affect what types of equipment you'll need.
- Space: Self-explanatory you need a place to put everything!
- Objectives: What are the main skills you're looking to develop? What equipment best fits those needs?
- Budget: If you're like me, you're ok with investing in your skill development, as long as the value is there.
Once you've mapped out your game plan, then the fun begins! Time to start picking and choosing what you're going to put in your Home Hockey Training Center. That's where I'm hoping this course will come in useful.
Join me as I give you a peek at my own Home Hockey Training Center, complete with reviews of everything I've included in it.
Extreme Passer Pro
Step up your passing game with HockeyShot's Extreme Passer Pro! Work on shuffle passes, bullet crosses, and even long leaders.
Designed with moveable middle legs, the HockeyShot Extreme Dangler gives you the freedom to create more custom puck control and stick-handling drills.
The Green Biscuit is an off-ice training hockey puck that will help you and your team develop passing and stickhandling skills that will blow your competition away. Try it and you will agree.
Extreme Passing Kit
Quicker wrists and softer hands will help you move the puck better. Work on both with HockeyShot’s Extreme Passing Kit, now featuring a larger front slope for longer rallies and more practice. You can even use it to feed yourself one-timers!
Extreme Goal & 2D Backstop
The HockeyShot Extreme Goal & 2D Backstop helps protect doors, windows and your garage. This is a 4’x6’ regulation size net with a 78" tall by 26" wide by 11" deep backstop that allows you to shoot hard in corners without the worry of chasing your pucks and balls.