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What to do when you're one of the least skilled people on your team?

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05-28-2012, 08:46 AM
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I kind of "coach" my mens team now that i'm out with a long term injury. We have one guy with a skill level one or two levels below our competition. This has helped:

1) Moved him from Defense to Wing. He doesn't score, but less liability.

2) Simple/safe plays. Nothing good comes from him trying to beat someone one on one. Up the boards, dump the puck, no risky plays.

3) Positioning. You don't have to be skilled to learn this.

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Be good two-way and if need be, fight.

Unless your league doesn't allow that, then two-way player.

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I still say stickhandling is the gateway to being skilled offensively, while skating is the foundation of your defensive ability. They both need to be developed at an equally advanced rate with a combination of skating and stickhandling before you can develop proper shot and pass strength and reception abilities.

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I have a couple pointers for you, you can take or leave them.

You say you need to work on your ability to receive the cross ice passes. I'm on the ice 3 times a week, which is plenty. But on my off days, I will take my roller blades, gloves, a practice stick (wood, no tape) and a road hockey ball over to the school yard beside my house and shoot against the wall for an hour or two. Even if you for-go the roller blades and continuously shoot the ball against the wall it's great practice for the hand-eye co-ordination needed to receive and convert those cross ice passes. I also practice my puck handling by roller blading and stick handling on the school's tarmac. I found this improved my decision-making and reaction time with the puck and I no longer feel that panic when I first get the puck on my stick. I am much more confident and comfortable in the decisions I make while carrying the puck.

As for the complaining and competitiveness you display during games...We all get frustrated. It's all in how you handle yourself in those situations that makes the difference. Some people freak out (and that's the easy route to take) when things aren't going their way.

Recently I've had a rough couple of weeks. I've become very frustrated when I screw up a play or don't play to the ability I believe I should be. I started coming to the rink with a bad attitude and partially blaming some of the guys I play with for lacking in skill (I never said a thing to them and wouldn't ever lash out like that). But I found that just kept adding to my s#!tty game and I was becoming more frustrated.

Finally I decided that I needed to re-evaluate my attitude. I realized I've been slacking off in the off-ice training since summer sessions started and so I put my head down and got to work on my endurance and speed/strength. I also made sure to arrive at the rink thinking positively and to banish all negativity out of my head.

The next game out (pick-up), I noticed that the other team was a majority of guys who were at a pretty high skill level and our team was made up of a bunch of dusters, me and a couple of my buddies who are very good. I started to say something about how unbalanced the teams were, but figured people didn't want to hear me ***** and moan and just let things be to see if they'd even out. They didn't, but I had a great game. I played hard and tried to win every battle for the puck. I didn't let any negativity affect my game and I think because of that the hockey gods rewarded me with a hat-trick and compliments from my very skilled buddies after the game.

It's so much more fun when you don't have that negativity in your mind. It is infectious and you'll find that it stays with you from game to game.

Kind of long-winded, I admit, but hopefully helpful.
Yeah, I find it easier to practice solo by having a nice solid bounceable wall. It's good stuff if you get into the zone!

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I play in a floor hockey casual league at the local YCMA (roughly the same 10-14 guys three times a week). The point of the league is for exercise and running around, not competition (not that we track points). Some of these guys have serious skill (they play real hockey on the side). I would say that I am one of the least skilled players there. I am a competitive person and I take playing floor hockey more seriously than I should. I score a goal once in a while but I wish I could help the team I'm on more (not necessarily be a superstar but just a little something that helps).

I suppose I could goon it up

I've been in the same boat a couple times (also in ball hockey) I played in a higher division, and I'm a pretty decent stay at home Dman, but I swear some of the guys were just a few levels below the NHL, I just had no way of stopping them. So I just did what I do best, block shots and use my excessive speed to my advantage. I just try to do all the small things right without any big mistakes. Nothing makes me feel better than when I block a couple wicked shots (without shin pads) and the guys on the bench are cheering me on.

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Yeah, I find it easier to practice solo by having a nice solid bounceable wall. It's good stuff if you get into the zone!
It's actually amazing how much a little bit of off-ice hand/eye co-ordination practice helps.

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And the slashing?

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And the slashing?
Get a nice heavy wooden stick you dont care about, chop a tree all day long. That'll get your slashes nice and hard.

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And the slashing?
Just cut it out. It's something you are doing consciously, so it's obviously something you can stop. Just play hard and leave the chippy stuff to others. If you're slashed, then go ahead and slash back, but try not to instigate it from now on.

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Just cut it out. It's something you are doing consciously, so it's obviously something you can stop. Just play hard and leave the chippy stuff to others. If you're slashed, then go ahead and slash back, but try not to instigate it from now on.
I don't slash back
I will just drop the glove and and start pounding the guy
There no reason hockey stick should be used to assault
If you want to defend against me than be a man and make a clean open ice hit or push me away from in front of the net
Don't be slashing my shins or arms with the stick.
Just shows how unskill a player has to be with his stick that he has to resort to use a stick to bat some one rather that just a honest poke check.

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