Day 27 – Deception, Fakes and Misdirection

This is the 27th day of our team’s virtual mid-season training camp. Each day, 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.

At the core of being deceptive is trying to make your opponent think you are doing one thing but then do another (typically in a different direction).

Layers of Deception

1) Head and Eyes

Work at keeping your head up when you have possession of the puck and when you shoot. Learn to “look off” opponents. An eye fake can be just as effective as a fake pass or shot.

2) Stick, Hands and Puck

Practice faking shots. Sell a shot then do something different. Fake a pass! This can be done with a shoulder feint, stick movement, hand or puck movement.

3) Feet

Work on tight turns and changing direction. This can begin with no puck and progress to puck handling.

Even better if you can do ALL three at once or in sequence.

Check out these video examples which include all three layers of deception.

Today’s Assignment:

  1. Complete today’s workout on the TeamBuildr app. Be sure to mark each exercise complete as you finish it.
  1. In each of the videos, can you see all three layers of deception? The next time you practice stickhandling, try to include and practice all three.
  1. Give another example of a time and place during a game that you could use deception. Post your answer into the team WhatsApp group.