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New Hockey DVDs – High-Tempo Practices & Forechecking

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Two new Hockey DVDs featuring Mike McShane (Norwich University Men’s Hockey Coach-2010 Division III National Champions and 4x National Coach of the Year)! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a great Coach!

High Tempo Flow Practice for Hockey

  • Maximize practice efficiency and make the most out your time on the ice
  • Includes a comprehensive set of 29 fast, intense and competitive practice drills
  • Gain key coaching insights from the DIII 2010 National Championship coach

The Power Lock Forecheck

  • Create more turnovers and increase your attack opportunities
  • Get zone-by-zone strategies for the power lock forechecking system
  • Includes 13 on-ice drills to enhance forechecking

Purchase the Mike McShane Hockey 2-pack  and save $5 by clicking here!




New DVD – All Access Miami of Ohio Hockey Practice

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Check out our new hockey DVD featuring Enrico Blasi! (Miami of Ohio Head Coach; Four-time CCHA Coach of the Year, 2006 AHCA National Coach of the Year)!

All Access Miami of Ohio Hockey Practice

  • Get “all access” to Enrico Blasi’s practices including drills, plays, opponent scouting, film breakdown, and more!
  • Watch and listen in as Coach Blasi and his staff conduct three full Miami of Ohio hockey practices
  • Sit in on a game film breakdown session and a film scouting session

For more Enrico Blasi Hockey DVDs: Click Here!




2 New Hockey DVDs featuring Games & Drills for All Levels!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Monday, December 6, 2010

Two New Hockey DVDs featuring Mark Carlson,  2x U.S. Junior Select Team Head Coach & Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL) Head Coach!

15 Essential Hockey Drills for All Levels

  • Simple, yet challenging, drills that stress fundamentals and improved skills
  • Develop quick, sharp passing to maintain possession of the puck
  • Learn to teach the little things that can mean the difference between a win or a loss

Ready for Battle! 12 Competitive Games for Ice Hockey

  • Develop a fun, competitive practice environment
  • See how to create game-like battles in practice
  • Winner/loser outcome in every game

For More Mark Carlson Instruction Click Here: Mark Carlson




20 Drills to Increase Speed, Agility and Quickness

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

20 Drills to Increase Speed, Agility and Quickness

Speed, agility and quickness are three necessary ingredients for success in any sport, but most particularly in the fast-paced game of lacrosse. Whether it’s a making an effective split dodge or coming away with possession at the face-off X, having superior speed, agility and quickness will ultimately play a huge role in determining your success on the field.

By following these drills designed by Alan Stein, professional strength coach and owner of Stronger Team Strength and Conditioning Services, athletes will be able to make major strides with their overall speed and agility development while maximizing their athletic potential. Athletes will see improvements with their communication skills, mental focus and hand-eye coordination as well. Plus, the drills use minimal equipment, so they can be done anywhere by anyone and on any kind of budget.

This week’s workout is a standard warm-up intended to raise the body’s core temperature and make the muscles more relaxed. The workout — which should last between 5-15 minutes — features movement preparation, where the goal is to get athletes to go through all of the fundamental athletic movements they will need on the field.

In these speed and agility drills, eight key movements and motions are used: Forward Sprints, Back Pedals (focus on leaning forward with your chest out over knees), Side Shuffles (do not cross feet while ankles, knees, hips and shoulders stay square), Side Runs (waist and above stays square, but ankles, knees and hips facing the side), Jumps (stay stationary and vertical and land easy), Pivots (one leg moves in quarter pivots in one direction while other leg remains flat on the floor), Twists (running in one direction but looking another way) and Athletic Stance (keeping a wide base and a low center of gravity).

The following is a standard warm-up session aimed at improving overall speed and agility. Drills should be conducted for about 45 feet (half of a basketball court) before repeating over.

Speed, Agility and Quickness Workout #1

Drill 1: 3 Steps Forward and 1 Step Backward on Left (Go right, left, right and then step back with the left foot)

Drill 2: 3 Steps Forward and 1 Step Backward on Right (Go left, right, left and back on the right foot)

Drill 3: 3 Steps Backward and 1 Step Forward on Left (Go right, left, right and then forward with the left foot)

Drill 4: 2 Steps Forward and 2 Side Shuffles (Jog two steps and then laterally shuffle two steps. Stay nice and low with your hips square)

Drill 5: 2 Steps Back Pedal and 2 Side Shuffles (Same as before, just with back pedals)

Drill 6: 2 Steps Forward and 2 Cariocas (Focus on quick hip turns with your feet)

Drill 7: 2 Steps Back Pedal and 2 Cariocas

Drill 8: 2 Side Shuffles and Reverse Pivot (After pivot, you will be facing the opposition direction)

Drill 9: 2 Side Shuffles and Front Pivot (Same as before, just with a front pivot instead of back)

Drill 10: High Knee and Butt Kick Combo (Give two high knee kicks followed by two butt kicks and repeat. Always be moving forward)

Drill 11: Cross-Country Skier (Switching places with your feet and always moving forward. Legs will stay fairly straight but not stick-straight. Feet are always flat on the floor)

Drill 12: Basic Forward Skip with Arm Swing (Repeat with a backward skip and arm swing)

Drill 13: Lateral Skip with Arm Swing (Always be facing forward)

Drill 14: Basic Skip with Lateral Hip Movement (Skip and then rotate your hip out on the second hop. Repeat with high knee Out to In. Just opposite direction with knee from before)

Drill 15: Frankenstein Skip (Leg is extended straight out as shoe meets fingertips)

Drill 16: Carioca with High Knee Punch

Drill 17: Carioca with Quick Feet (Fast touches with feet out front and behind; rapid fire)

Drill 18: Skip with Dead Leg Left (Right leg is just trailing behind. Repeat with opposite side)

Drill 19: Forward Jog with Lookbacks (Every couple of steps forward, rotate, look back and put out your outside hand)

Drill 20: 45 Degree Angle Cuts – (Zig Zags forward. Stay low. Repeat with backward cuts. Give two drop steps and then switch directions. Similar to a basketball defender)

This workout can be seen on the Championship Productions DVD “130 “Pro Power” Speed, Quickness and Reaction Drills.” To view additional warm-up drills and more speed, agility and reaction workouts, visit our Performance Training homepage.




New Hockey DVD with Blaise MacDonald (Face-Offs & Power Plays)!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Friday, October 1, 2010

New Hockey DVDs Featuring Blaise Mcdonald (UMass-Lowell Head Coach)!

Man-up Mission: Power Play

  • Learn Power Play strategies that are appropriate for all levels of play
  • Tips for setting up your power play units
  • Tactical strategies for Breakout, Entry into Zone, In-Zone Set-up, and Point Pressure

3-Zone Face-Offs

  • Improve your face-off winning percentage
  • Learn 18 set face-off plays
  • Incorporate 12 technical skills that are a must for a successful face-off
  • Learn in-game strategies for winning more face-offs




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