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06-16-2013, 10:34 PM
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How do you teach being first to the puck?

I coach a 16u roller team. The kids are all excellent and talented, easily the best skaters in the league they're in...and I'm not just saying that because I'm their coach.

In the last 4 or 5 games or so, we've noticed a trend where they keep getting beat to the puck. It's not a physical or energy problem since it can happen right at the start of a shift where they're fresh. It's also not exactly an effort problem because they aren't lazy about anything else. It seems to be more of a mental issue.

For some reason they just don't play with that sense of urgency when they don't have the puck. Is there any way to teach this? I know it's a bit abstract, but outside of saying whoever gets to the puck first gets a 100 dollar bonus, me and my other coach are just unsure how to get them to hustle more.

So do you guys know of any drills to help teach this sense or urgency?

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