See the inner workings of the RPI hockey program including practice planning meetings, opponent video analysis, and complete on-ice practices as they unfold. Go behind the bench with the RPI coaches as they implement their strategies during a regular season game. This four-disc set includes more than 7« hours of live footage produced with Seth Appert and the RPI coaching staff.
Disc 1 - TuesdaySit in on a pre-practice coaches' meeting and then hit the ice as the Engineers run through a variety of drills to develop individual skills. Up the tempo with neutral zone attacks including 3-on-2s, 3-on-3s, 5-on-5s and small area games.
Disc 2 - WednesdayAfter the pre-practice meeting, the coaches work with the goalies to track shots and pick up rebounds. Practice then moves to power play strategies for entering the zone, board play, rotations, breakouts, entering the offensive zone and setting up. It's followed by work on penalty killing with a focus on defensive zone faceoffs. After a session on individual passing and shooting skills, practice concludes with 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s, and 5-on-5s.
Disc 3 - ThursdayThe coaches set the stage for a high-tempo practice during their meeting and discuss tweaks to their breakout and neutral zone play, based on their opponent. Watch as the coaches conduct a video analysis of their opponents with the team, including their forecheck, neutral zone forecheck, faceoffs, puck pursuit and defensive play. During the on-ice practice, they work on shots from the point, faceoffs, the power play, 5-on-3s, 2-on2s, neutral zone play, breakouts with pressure and small area games. Practice concludes with a competitive shootout drill.
Disc 4 - Friday, Game DayOn game day, coaches stress a team-first mentality and run a light pregame skate. It includes a progressive passing and shooting drill starting at the neutral zone faceoff dots, 5-on-0 neutral zone regroup, and a number of position-specific drills for wings, centers, defensemen and goalies. Then, it's game time! Sit in on the team's pregame locker room meeting, get behind the bench with the coaching staff during the game, break down video footage between periods, and hear Coach Appert's post-game analysis with the team and media.
This all access pass to the RPI hockey program provides more than 7.5 hours of behind-the-scenes footage with Coach Appert and a collection of strategies and drills to improve your teams performance.
450 minutes (4 DVDs). 2012.
I see this DVD set as more of a documentary film approach. It gives you a great insight to how Coach Appert runs his program during a one week period in time. It was interesting to see how he and his assistant coaches get together each morning to discuss that day's practice and what they want to accomplish.
I'm not so sure this is a DVD set for the typical coach since it is over 7 hours of content based on having a lot of ice time to accomplish the team practice goals. Coach Appert said it himself in the video that this was a great way for players to see what goes into coaching a college team and for coaches who aspire to this type of coaching position.
The video has a number of really good drills that any coach can use to help develop his team. One complaint I have is that the cameraman was on the side of the ice behind the coaches board so when the coach was outlining the drill we couldn't see what he was doing so you would have to watch the drill to pick up what was going on. I've seen this in a number of videos by Championship Productions and find it frustrating. I'm sure it's because of an issue of lighting or something but the crew should work with the coach and be sure that the camera can see the board so we can be part of the teaching process.
The last disc has about 30 minutes of just being on the bench with the coaches during a game and you can really get a feel for how Coach Appert and the assistant coaches work the bench. How they are constantly reinforcing their practice teachings during game situations. I think we all can learn a little something from that section of the video.
Overall a solid depiction of how Coach Appert runs his program and a fun look behind the scenes of a major college program.
was able to take alot from the dvd great energy and passion from seth appert. Excellent drills and great insight on D1 hockey,from the coaches meetings to game day. Constantly going back and watching these dvds.
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