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Skills HOCKEY GRIP


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Explain the hockey grip, and how all hockey sticks are right handed. The left hand grips the top of the handle, making a “V” with the thumb pointed down the spine of the stick. The right hand goes about halfway down the stick. The left hand turns the stick, like opening a door, while the right hand acts as a guide. This is the grip that is used to dribble, trap the ball, and push passing. Keeping the hands in the same position, explain how the stick is turned over when the


ball is moved from right to left. This is called Indian dribbling. (5 minutes max.)


INDIAN DRIBBLING/BODY POSITIONS Legs are about shoulder width apart, with a bend in the knees,


keeping the back straight, move the elbows away from the body, so the ball will be away from the feet. Have players move the ball side to side in a stationary position. Players may also make a figure 8 with the ball going around their feet and through their legs. (5 minutes max.)


DRIBBLING ON THE MOVE Have players get into an area the size of a basketball court


(approx. 100 feet x 50 feet). Have players practice moving in that area freely, keeping the ball close to the blade of the stick. Correct any HAND GRIP ISSUES, remind players not to use the ROUND SIDE of the stick, and NO USE OF FEET. Have players exchange balls with a partner that is within 5 feet, by passing the ball simultaneously. Have players exchange balls with different players. (10 minutes max.)


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Games US KNOCKOUT


down and completing 5-10 jumping jacks. (10 minutes max.)


SHARKS AND MINNOWS


All players should have a ball and be moving in the area. While keeping track/control of their own ball, they may jab or poke tackle at another player’s ball to try and get it out of the designated area, knocking them out of the game. Emphasize the jab tackle technique. Once the ball is away from the stick, push it over the boundary line. Players may re-enter the game by setting their equipment


Pick players to be the “Sharks.” They are the only ones allowed to knock the “Minnows” balls out of the area. Reinforce using the jab or poke tackle technique only. “Minnows” are protecting their ball only and trying to stay away from the“Sharks.”


“Minnows” can return to the game after they have set their equipment down and completed 10 jumping jacks. After 5-10 minutes, have the “Sharks” pick a “Minnow” to replace them. Restart the game. (5 minutes max.)


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