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zoomba 05-12-2006 12:04 AM

Practice Ice
 
I just bought some Practice Ice. That's the plexiglass stuff that you put on the ground and shoot pucks off of. It's supposed to simulate shooting a puck off ice. Has anyone used this before? How durable is it?

MiZZZike* 05-12-2006 01:04 AM

They work allright, better than cement. Just don't try to make is more slippery by putting something like Pam on it, it doesn't work trust me.

ChokingV 05-12-2006 01:09 AM

Was this the stuff they used on Viva la Bam? They used these white panels that they were able to skate around on.

sc37 05-12-2006 12:11 PM

thats artificial ice /\...idk if it's the same as this poster is talking about though.

Headcoach 05-13-2006 01:23 AM

Quote:

It's supposed to simulate shooting a puck off ice. Has anyone used this before? How durable is it?
Ya! It's pretty good. Should last forever. However, I recommend that when you use it or any type of surface used for shooting, you put your roller blades on.

If you have some type of rubber mat, put your skates on. Why you ask?

This way you will be at the same height when it comes to shooting like you were on ice.

If you are interested, I have a friend that showed me how to increase the speed of my slap shot. I have seen him break the tempered glass behind the goalie with this shot.

Headcoach

zoomba 05-13-2006 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Headcoach
Ya! It's pretty good. Should last forever. However, I recommend that when you use it or any type of surface used for shooting, you put your roller blades on.

If you have some type of rubber mat, put your skates on. Why you ask?

This way you will be at the same height when it comes to shooting like you were on ice.

If you are interested, I have a friend that showed me how to increase the speed of my slap shot. I have seen him break the tempered glass behind the goalie with this shot.

Headcoach

Yeah I've been using it on rollerblades. What did your friend do to increase his shot power?

Headcoach 05-13-2006 03:35 PM

Slap Shot....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by zoomba
Yeah I've been using it on rollerblades. What did your friend do to increase his shot power?

Well, we all know how to do this one and just about every kid in the world wants to do the big slap shot.

Well, lets talk a little about it . I hope I don't bore you. So here goes!

In the last coaching tip "Why more Canadians players shoot Left," we talked about what each hand does in relationship to the stick and shooting or passing.

In a "Slap Shoot" a lot of factor come into play.
1. Hand Position.
2. Puck Placement.
3. Weight distribution.
4. Angle of approach on the shot.

Hand Position
First, lets look at where your hands go on the stick. Place the first hand that goes at the end of the stick which is located on the butt end of the shaft. Then place your other hand on the shaft. Move that hand down the shaft to where your elbow rest on the top of your glove at the end of the shaft.
[IMAGE]http://www.passthepuck.net/forumimages/f9f997c0.png[/IMAGE]

Notice the hash marks above the top glove. This is the area where you place your hand for "Slap Shots." The area below, is where you place your hands for normal stick handling.

Now, when I coach house league players, I have them place a piece of tape on the "Slap Shot" spot. This way, they don't have to look, they can just move their hand down to the tape.

Puck Placement
Second. Have you ever seen a compound bow? It's the bow with a couple of pulley's and extra string going everywhere.
[IMAGE]http://www.passthepuck.net/forumimages/fa0b4aa0.jpg[/IMAGE]
This bow is designed in such a way, that an arrow could almost pass through a tree.

When you pull back on the string, it take a lot of force to pull it back. However, once you get the string pulled back....say, three quarters of the way back, it becomes really easy to pull. You could almost pull it with one finger at this point.

Well, once you let the arrow go, the arrow travels at the normal speed. When it hits the point where all those pulley's come into play, the force, increases the speed of the arrow and it goes faster then a normal arrow will fly.

The concept hold true for a hockey stick. Well, without the pulley's. Most coaches teach their player's to make contact with the ice 1" to 1.5" inches behind the puck.

This will cause the stick to bend at the shaft. When the player follows through with the shot, that bending of the shaft, which will help speed the puck up...get it! Good. There's more...

Now, lets go beyond the normal ice contact behind the puck and lets talk about stick placement.

When a player does a normal "Slap Shot" and they start to address the puck, they pull back their stick with the blade facing up.
[IMAGE]http://www.passthepuck.net/forumimages/f9bda6e0.png[/IMAGE]
I see this every time a player shoots. This is known as an "Open" stick. Next time, check out how many of your players do this.

I teach my players to keep the stick blade "Closed." To do this, make sure that the blade of the stick is parallel to the ice.
[IMAGE]http://www.passthepuck.net/forumimages/f9df8d80.png[/IMAGE]

Once the player start to make contact with the ice, the blade of stick will be slightly forward and to the side of the puck. This is where you want to make contact with the ice.
[IMAGE]http://www.passthepuck.net/forumimages/f99db360.png[/IMAGE]

Make sure that you maintain pressure on the shaft during contact with the ice and follow through. The will cause the shaft to bend and the blade will add an extra whip to the shot.

I promise you that your shot will be faster and harder...try it!

Weight distribution
Now, make sure that when you make contact with the puck, that you are almost looking on top of the puck. This will help when you make contact with the ice, thus allowing your the stick to bend.

And finally....

Angle of approach on the shot
If you shoot left, approach the attacking zone on your "Off" wing and turn towards the high slot. This will give you the chance to place the goalie at 2:00 or 45 degree on the appoach. Then let the shot go!

If you enter on you "On" wing, move to the top of the face off circle and let it go. The goalie will be at 2:00 or 45 degrees on the approach.

The "Off" wing is better because it places you in the slot! Which means more open spaces in net. The "On" wing, the goalie has the angle on you and a lower scoring percentage.

Remember this...where ever you point the tip of your blade on the follow through, is where the puck will go! If you follow through high...the puck goes high. If you follow through low, the puck goes low and on the ice.

Hope this helps!
Headcoach
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