Day 12 – Developing Your Hockey Knowledge

This is the twelfth day of our team’s virtual mid-season training camp. Each day for the next 28 days, there will be a short assignment for you to do to continue your development. These assignments are mandatory for players and coaches. Parents are also encouraged to participate.

Increasing your hockey knowledge is one of the easiest ways for you to become a better hockey player.

Watch Hockey! Talk Hockey!

The simplest way to improve your hockey knowledge is to watch more hockey. There are games on TV all the time. Make it a habit to watch hockey. That’s a pretty easy habit to get into.

YouTube is a great source for hockey videos. Game highlights, skill tips, practice routines, scoring techniques, tactics, coaching secrets, equipment reviews and much more are available quickly and easily searchable.

Plus, there are hundreds of great hockey-specific websites.

There are hundreds of great books about hockey.

Talk about hockey with your friends, teammates, family and coaches.

Other Ways To Develop Your Hockey I.Q.

Take a coaching clinic.

Take a trainers clinic.

Take a refereeing clinic.

All of these would look great on your Athlete Profile and will definitely impress potential coaches and recruiters.

Hockey Canada Pond to Podium Development Series

Hockey Canada has also just recently launched their Pond to Podium Development Series, a free webinar series led by their National Women’s Team athletes and staff. Check it out here: http://www.hockeycanada.ca/pondtopodium

From January 16th through January 28th, 2020, you can connect directly with Team Canada players and staff through a series of FREE webinars, focusing on player development, skills sessions and question-and-answer panels. This series includes:

  • 4 skills series sessions led by national team staff
  • 4 We Are Coaches clinics led by women master coach developers
  • 3 holistic hockey training sessions for players led by national team staff
  • 2 Pond to Podium panels for coaches, players and parents led by national team athletes and staff

As part of this training camp, we will be following along with many of these webinars.

Great Hockey Books

Today’s Assignment:

For today…

  1. Complete today’s workout on the TeamBuildr app. Be sure to mark each exercise complete as you finish it.
  1. Post the name and author of your favourite hockey book to the team WhatsApp group.
  1. Post the URL of your favourite hockey website to the team WhatsApp group.
  1. Register for the Hockey Canada Pond to Podium Development Series at http://www.hockeycanada.ca/pondtopodium

    You’ll have to register separately for each of the nine 45 minute webinars. They each have a separate registration link. This includes the four sessions for players (at the top of the page) as well as the five sessions for coaches including the Skills Series #1-#4 (at the bottom of the page). You’ll also want to add each of these to your calendar.

    For those of you who are interested in becoming coaches this is a fantastic opportunity. With the pandemic, Hockey Canada has made it easier than ever to start your certification allowing you take most of the training online. You should register for the We Are Coaches – Coach 1 and Coach 2 sessions for women only. In order to register for these sessions, you’ll have to first create a Hockey Canada eHockey account. You need to be 14 years of age to take the Coach training (if you’re not quite 14, you might make a typo when you enter your age… you can easily correct it later). When you register for these sessions, you’ll be sent information on how to take the pre-requisite Hockey University online coach training modules.