What is Hockey Skilz?
We built this program because we have realized that most of the training on the web is designed for the older hockey player. Athletes who already understand the game and have developed some level of skill and athletic ability, but the younger kids (those under the age of 13) mite, squirt, and peewee aged players don’t really have any resources to help them develop – other than live coaching. Here’s the problem with live coaching. You, your kid, and your coach have a limited amount of time together. Ice time is difficult to come by when everyone’s schedule allows, and if your coach is any good then several people are trying to get that same time slot with your coach that you need. Most programs are following USA Hockey’s recommendation and following the ADM model at practice. We believe that there is a lot of value in the ADM model, but it has its shortcomings as well. Currently most kids peewee and below are getting a couple of hours a week of ADM practice time and most programs don’t have the bandwidth for your kid to get the attention and focus they need. Beyond that there is a lot of downtime in the ADM model when kids are waiting in line for their turn to do each drill. Often the coaches are well intentioned dads who may or may not have ever played the sport of hockey.
Hockey is a dynamic sport that requires a lot of control and skill. It requires attention to detail that most programs can’t provide. Where a sport like soccer you can toss out a ball and the majority of kids below the age of 14 can go out kick the ball around and can kick it toward and even score a goal. (note: I’m not saying soccer isn’t a skilled sport – at the highest level these are athletes who have amazing skills and have worked hard to obtain these skills) . Hockey requires that you stand on an awkward device (skate) on a slick surface (ice) and first just try to figure out how to move forward without breaking your elbow. Then you have to add a stick, a puck, opponents and an objective. This is exceptionally hard and 2 hrs a week on the ice in ADM practices isn’t going to transform your kid into a Hockey Athlete. They probably touch the puck 100 times a week if they are lucky.
Let’s face it, if you don’t provide your kids the resources to develop as a true athlete then they will never be more than average. We realize where we as coaches are failing our athletes and we are intent on changing that. If you want to give your athlete the chance to succeed and advance to the top level of the sport – it starts now. This program will teach you the skills you need to develop proper technique, positioning, power, and edge control. We will give you drills and schedules to help your young athlete develop the Hockey Skilz necessary to progress them to the top level of the sport. Come join us and give your hockey player the best chance of success.
Why Do I need Hockey Skilz?
Hockey is such a dynamic and difficult sport that demands high level skill, smarts, and speed. No one will master the game without commitment, discipline and hours and hours high level training. Whether it’s gap control, puck handling, passing, speed of play, edge control, or supporting the puck. Training which leads to technical mastery means improvement on the ice during game situations. All the NHL players that you aspire to become or as a parent hope for your athlete weren’t just given the Gift of Hockey. Sure they are athletic and talented, but so is your athlete. The difference is putting in the time with the correct training and effort. If you put in the time you have a chance to succeed. If you don’t then you won’t make it to the top level of this sport.
First Touch and Speed of Play
Hockey is no doubt the fastest most dynamic sport in the world. There is no sport where things happen as quickly and situations change as drastically in an instant as the sport of Hockey. What that means to your athlete is that from the moment they step on the ice they have to be prepared to compete. Their awareness, technique, positioning, pose need to be perfect. That only happens with repetitive practice and touches. Your athlete needs to be touching the puck 1,000 times per week instead of 100. That is what this program is about. Your athlete learning the skills to give them the confidence and edge they need on the ice.
This happens with repetition of good habits.
Hockey is dynamic, moments are dynamic, constant change of possession is part of the game and to be expected, but often these come during high pressure and tight control situations. Where a defender or defenders are instantly in your space, what do you do? You have to be confident enough in your skilz and creative enough time and space to control and handle the puck, stick handle, turn, shield (protect), cut, toe drag, pass, cup and shoot. Oh and you have to do this with your head up! If you find yourself in a position where you have to think about what to do next it’s enough to make you pass out from the pressure from the dreaded turnover. Tips, passes, sauce, pulls, cups, shields, deeks have to become intuitive and instinctive, it simply has to be your natural reaction. “Movement in tight space without thought, so only that primal reactive ability is what flows through your mind when the pressure is applied.” The drills in this program will develop these Skilz and instincts. The stick…the puck…the skates – they become part of you.
You know those players that you’ve watched move up the ice with the puck like the rest of the player are sitting still. The ones that look as if the game of hockey is effortless. They create opportunities for others and themselves, braking the ankles of defenders along the way.
Our program is designed to show you the technique and give you the repetitions required for you this confidence. If you perform enough perfected reps you will train your body to have proper motor control, so those athletes that currently lack confidence and want to pass the puck up quickly will develop the confidence to skate through and around defenders.
“When I was young I would travel to Dallas and work with Coach Trevor. The skills that he taught me and the drills we did are the same as those in this program. If you want to make it to the highest level of Hockey you have to put in the extra time and practice. I still do these today to stay sharp and on top of my game. This is exactly what the Hockey Skilz program is all about. You need this program.”
– Kale Clague
Second Round, 51st overall | LA Kings
(Click here to watch an awesome commercial of Kale)
This is a new kind of online training program designed not just for experienced players, but for young or aspiring athletes. You, your kid, and your coach have a limited amount of time together. Using our carefully designed program will help you make the most out of your time on the ice by practicing and mastering the basics on your own schedule. If you want to give your athlete the chance to succeed and advance to the top level of the sport – it starts now.
This program will teach you the skills you need to develop proper technique, positioning, power, and edge control. We will give you drills and schedules to help your young athlete develop the Hockey Skilz necessary to progress them to the top level of the sport. Come join us and give your hockey player the best chance of success.
Why would you need this program? For several reasons. It truly depends on your desire and the commitment of your athlete. But if you want to play at the highest level for your birth year then you have to work tirelessly to improve. Did you know that there are 60 Division 1 Hockey programs! How many athletes do you think each of these schools takes on scholarship every year? 15? 10? 5? Actually most only go up to 3- 4 per year. So how do you earn one of those 200 spot per year? First of all you have to have good grades. Because without good grades you can be a rockstar Hockey Player and your not likely to get a sniff from any colleges. But let’s assume you have average grades? That cuts your options in half, so now your competing for 1 of 100 slots. Then what? First you have to be insanely talented and athletic. Do you think these Hockey Skilz just come naturally? No – NHL Athletes still work on their skill development daily.
If you want your shot you have to train. We give you the tools to improve the skills necessary to give you that shot!
You will hear often as your athlete starts their hockey career and for several seasons that “Your kid is not going to make it to the NHL” and you know what that’s absolutely true. No kid has ever made it to the NHL, and even most never even make it as an adult. But you know what? The NHL is full of athletes that worked on their skilz perfected their craft and have made the SHOW!
Why not give your athlete tools to get them that shot! Let’s get started, because for the cost of a couple of private lessons you get a lifetime of instructional videos.
This program was initially designed for the young Hockey player to teach the necessary skills to put them on the path to advancing their hockey career. In today’s world you have to start honing skills early. If you fail to put in the effort you fall behind early and it’s tough to catch up when you’re 14, 15, 16. Being athletic isn’t enough. These workouts and training are designed for technical mastery and muscle memory conditioning. Our goal is to help you get 1000 touches per week.
We have established both On Ice and Off Ice curriculum which include drills for : Stick Handling, Passing/Receiving, Shooting and Skating. The program is designed to give you drills and instruction to follow on your non-practice days. The goal would be 3-4 days a week for 40-60 minutes per day.
We suggest 20-30 minutes 3-4 days per week. Our curriculum will help you achieve this goal.
We suggest 2-3 hours of open ice per week. Even better if you can get a private lesson with a professional coach.
For this drill you will need a partner or rebounder device for off ice and on ice practice. We suggest 3-4 times per week for 20-30 minutes.
We also suggest this drill 3-4 times per week for 20-30 minutes to help improve shooting skills.