Parents & Players
In order to play high level hockey, players must seek dryland training for strength and conditioning. Dryland Training has taken hockey to a whole new level, at all ages.
If you’re looking for shooting, passing & stick handling skills? Before you invest your time and money, do your homework.
Do they practice on-ice? If yes. Awesome.
How many hours a week? * Remember it takes 1000’s of repetitions to learn a skill.
If they don’t practice on ice. Don’t use pucks.
* If you or anyone you know is using pucks off-ice for hockey skills…
* Extensive research confirms using pucks off-ice impairs hockey skills.
Practice does not make perfect
‘Practice makes perfect’ is a term we’ve all heard at some point in our life.
What does it mean? It means ‘the more you practice the better you get’. However that’s not always true. In fact it can be quite the opposite.
When I was 3 years old, my grandfather made a skating rink in their back yard for me. I skated and played hockey every single day for 3-4 hours from October to April. I was on the ice roughly 840 hrs per year. I did that for 2 years.
When I was 5 I started playing organized hockey as well. By then I had over 1600 hrs of ice time. I continued playing outdoor hockey with the older kids while I was playing organized hockey. Playing with the older kids on the outdoor rinks pushed me out outside my comfort zone. They were bigger, faster and smarter. When I played on my organized hockey team, I was ahead of everyone else. I was one of the top scoring players. I continued this routine for the next 5 years. I was well on my way to being a hockey player.
When I was 10 years old I moved to my dad’s in Vancouver B.C. I moved during Christmas break so it was too late in the season to join a hockey team. unfortunately there’s no outdoor hockey rinks so I signed up for figure skating.. and as for hockey skills, my dad and I set up an area in our garage for shooting pucks. I faithfully shot 2-300 pucks every day for 10 months straight. At first it felt weird but eventually I got used to it.
Summer ended and hockey started.
Hockey tryouts.. were a nightmare. I couldn’t shoot or pass properly. The puck felt very awkward and uncontrollable on the ice. There wasn’t enough resistance to get a good shot away. I was completely unaware to what was causing this??
I was bound and determined. I continued shooting pucks at home trying to get back in the game. I did this all through minor hockey and even a few years of adult hockey. Until I finally hung up my skates. I had no idea what happened to my hockey skills until my son started playing hockey. One day he asked If I can teach him how to shoot.. I felt sick to my stomach. I remembered what happened to me. I was a top scoring hockey player… then I couldn’t shoot or pass to save my life. I didn’t want my son or anyone to experience what I went through. I started researching hockey skills. Eventually I sat down with a biomechanical engineer and with video analysis we studied hockey skills in slow motion, frame by frame. It didn’t take long to see where I went wrong.
Before I say anything else, if you or anyone you know is shooting pucks off ice trying to improve his /her hockey skills.. STOP IMMEDIATELY!!! You’re doing more harm than good!
If you’re paying a training facility for shooting skills.. if it’s on ice? Awesome.
If its not on ice make sure they aren’t using pucks.
It’s simple, No ice = No pucks.
Pucks should only be used on ice. Here’s why..
Static/Kinetic coefficient of friction. (Extreme friction)
Let me explain:
First of all, using pucks off ice develops improper muscle memory. It takes 28g of force to move a puck on ice and 100g to move a puck off ice. That’s 3.5x the force.
* Using pucks off ice players will develop improper muscle memory which will impair hockey skills. Trust me, you don’t need big muscles to shoot or pass in hockey.
* Also with the added friction there’s intense shock waves from slap-shots and
snap-shots that damage wrists, elbows and shoulder joints.
* Hockey players always shoot &/or pass a puck that’s moving.
Pucks off ice are motionless. Players form bad habits that are difficult to break.
* Standing alone, in front of a net, shooting a motionless puck, when he or she is ready.
Not one of these conditions apply to hockey….. more like golf!
Hockey is fast & intense. Players must train in equal conditions for peak performance.