A good forecheck allows your team to achieve two things that are vitally important in deciding a hockey game. It allows you to control the pace of play and gain momentum for your team. By shutting down critical areas you can create big hits that cause turnovers and create scoring chances.
Rick Zombo has been part of three straight trips to the ACHA National title game. Fueling that success has been this 1-2-2 Forecheck System. Take an in-depth look at this proven system that will give your team more opportunities to gain control of the puck.
This 1-2-2 system is dictated by who you want to eliminate from the puck, where you want to create a turnover and what will help you win at the end of 60 minutes.
Coach Zombo begins with a review of the 1-2-2- forecheck and the strategies of the system; which boils down to the first layer works for the second and second layer for third in an attempt to maintain a wide approach for the five man containment inside the offensive zone. Zombo details these strategies layer-by-layer on a marker board while spelling out strategies, tactics and responsibilities of each position in the system.
A point of emphasis throughout is the contact sequence and an understanding of angles and stick control. Also included are strategies for being an aggressive defender; what Zombo describes as "opening the gate and closing the gate" in terms of enticing opponents into what you want them to do, rather than allowing them to do what they want to do!
Through a marker board discussion, Zombo presents six 1-2-2 forecheck situations. Situations vary in where you want to force the puck for a layered attack and includes strategies for continuous forechecking and forechecking off of face off losses. In each situation he details the strategies and tactics and reviews the situations that each variation fits into game play. The discussion is followed by on ice demonstrations that include Zombo teaching his players throughout each variation - offering a narrative of tips and tactics along the way.
In the second part of the DVD, Zombo diagrams and executes seven forecheck-specific drills that he uses to train his players for effective forechecking. The system's variations and drills all tie in with Zombo's three important components to the forecheck:
82 minutes. 2011.
This DVD made it easy to understand and incorporate the 1-2-2 into our teams system. I certainly recommend this DVD to any coach looking to teach the 1-2-2 the system. it is explained really well using an open & close gate theory. I have applied this into our teams from u14 up.
We used the 1-2-2 forechecking DVD to train our group of 12 year old peewee AA hockey team during our pre-season training camp. Rick Zombo breaks it down in an easy to understand fashion. His on ice demonstrations drive home the power of the 1-2-2- forechecking system. He even gives you variations to use. Great DVD well worth the investment.
The 1-2-2 Forechecking video was very helpful for me as I used it to train my team during our pre-season training camp. Rick Zombo breaks it down so that my group of 12 year old could understand. On ice he demonstrates in step by step approach. He then gives you variations. Great video and worth the investment.
Coach Zombo provides a well thought out teaching approach to the 1-2-2 system. His version leans more toward the approach taken with the neutral zone trap but pushed forward to the offensive zone. Coach walks you through an aggressive version and a passive version, but both are designed to create turnovers deep in the offensive zone.
He follows up the strategy section with drills that you can use to build your players ability in angling and one-on-one battles, which are very important parts of any forechecking system.
Overall I think the presentation of the material is presented in a way that makes it easy to understand and incorporate into your teams system. I certainly recommend this DVD to any coach looking to learn the 1-2-2 or ways to teach your team the 1-2-2.
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