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Tinkeric 02-19-2009 02:27 PM

Improving as an adult player?
 
Hey everyone, since the end of my high school hockey career years ago, I have never participated in a real "practice," which is a shame because I feel like my skills have leveled off.

For all you rec league and pick-up players, how do you continue to improve without formal practices where you can get lots of repetitions of an individual skill?

I try to utilize stick-n-puck and pick-up sessions, but it's not that easy to practice the same hockey situation over and over. It's especially hard to get better at shooting since you need to work with a goalie.

Ideally, I'd like my game to improve every season, from the intangibles to the bottom-line stats. Shouldn't we all expect that?

difren 02-19-2009 02:37 PM

Stick and puck sessions is how I go about it. While it can be difficult to do some things, there is still plenty of ice and time to work on certain aspects of one's game. If you have a friend to go with you, or a couple, all the better. The main thing is self-motivation to do drills or practice one particular thing to improve upon it, which it seems you have the desire. Pick up a drill book if you feel like you're tired of using the same drills over and over.

If you don't have another person to go with you, talk to someone at the stick and puck session and see if they're down to work on something with you, most people get tired of just practicing slappers and breakaways after a bit anyway. I'm sure you'd be able to find a willing body.

adaminnj 02-19-2009 03:05 PM

I'm an older beginner.

I have started to take power skating (hockey specific) classes at an intermediate level. Where I skate you can take classes at any level and you will get the workout you are looking for.

As well I'm lucky in the fact that I play shinny with great players who make me work harder and offer me advice and hints on everything from shooting, and passing to skating and deaking.

I think you are right to want and expect to grow your skills. I'm also lucky in the fact that I have a long way to go before I have to worry about stagnating.

(In the words of Red Green: Keep your stick on the Ice)

BadHammy* 02-19-2009 06:20 PM

You can make a lot of gains just by practicing one skill at a time off the ice, then incorporating them into your game as you keep playing.

GuitarAwesome 02-19-2009 06:46 PM

Simply play as much as possible. The more you play pick up games, the more you will improve. If you really want to get into specifics, your best bet would be the outdoor rinks. Otherwise, there's just nothing really out there.

94now 02-20-2009 08:04 AM

Have a list of drills prepared prior to sticks-n-pucks and follow it. If you are not self-motivated like myself, get some private lessons with the pro. To save money arrange the group. I try everything, including itermediate/beginner classes, since playing doesn't help as much as practice.

Ragss 02-20-2009 04:32 PM

Other than playing as much as possible, I spend a ton of time at an outdoor rink. I can usually get a good 1-3 hours with the ice all to myself.

backhander 02-21-2009 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tinkeric (Post 18033077)
Hey everyone, since the end of my high school hockey career years ago, I have never participated in a real "practice," which is a shame because I feel like my skills have leveled off.

For all you rec league and pick-up players, how do you continue to improve without formal practices where you can get lots of repetitions of an individual skill?

I try to utilize stick-n-puck and pick-up sessions, but it's not that easy to practice the same hockey situation over and over. It's especially hard to get better at shooting since you need to work with a goalie.

Ideally, I'd like my game to improve every season, from the intangibles to the bottom-line stats. Shouldn't we all expect that?


if ur not in the gym...get there quick...you probably know how to practice for hockey...maybe some dryland training as well


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