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08-26-2009, 07:33 AM
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Stickhandling device

Was browsing Youtube yesterday and came across this video for a product called QuickStickz - looks like a very cool training tool for kids to get better at stickhandling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3LcU...eature=related

Has anyone heard of this or used it before?

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hmm. Never seen that before.

I would stick with the good ole stick and puck, mind you i used to use a golf ball quite bit

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hmm. Never seen that before.

I would stick with the good ole stick and puck, mind you i used to use a golf ball quite bit
I agree with you there - but seems this would be a good tool to supplement practice time and develop skills in your own home.

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http://www.quickstickz.com is the website.

$200 USD to just test the product. I can't imagine what it's going to be for the final product.

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http://www.quickstickz.com is the website.

$200 USD to just test the product. I can't imagine what it's going to be for the final product.
I actually contacted the company out of interest and the finished product should have about 20 drills and come at a cost of 200-300 with a subscription option.

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They also mentioned their new website should have alot more content and be up very shortly.

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I grew up just using a stick and tennis ball. It bounces a lot more then a puck. If you can keep that under control a puck is easy.

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Let me guess.. this is your company and you're trying to plug it?

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Let me guess.. this is your company and you're trying to plug it?
Nope - just an interested consumer - and seeing as this is a product out of NS it would be cool for it to take off.

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I actually contacted the company out of interest and the finished product should have about 20 drills and come at a cost of 200-300 with a subscription option.
$300+A Subscription? That's damn outrageous for a smart hockey ball hooked up to a computer.

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$300+A Subscription? That's damn outrageous for a smart hockey ball hooked up to a computer.
From what I understood the subscription would be for updated content.

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I prefer the old method of taping a hot girl on a wall and using a golf ball. Sometimes a few minutes will pass before I realize I'm not hitting anything but eh, she doesn't care.

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$300+A Subscription? That's damn outrageous for a smart hockey ball hooked up to a computer.

WOW. spend 50 cents on a golf ball

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WOW. spend 50 cents on a golf ball
Yeah - they may have more success to keep it closer to the $200 range.

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From what I understood the subscription would be for updated content.
I'd like to brainstorm what other "content" they could update this program with.

Hardware: It's a ball, with a motion sensor. The movements are shown on the screen.

Default Program: You move the ball to take out targets on the screen in a timed fashion resulting in points.
  • Updates could include:
  • Avoiding an object for as long as you can.
  • Avoid moving objects for as long as you can.
  • Move the ball through a maze without touching the edges.

.......... That's all I got.

Now, let's compare a few othe products.
  • Smart Hockey Ball: $10 USD
  • Golf Ball: $4 USD (2 pk)
  • Tennis Ball: $4 USD (3 pk)
  • Sheet of HDPE (2ftx4ft) and 10 hockey pucks: $35 USD
  • Open Hockey: $8 USD a person.

The price is directly targeting parents with a large incomes that don't know how to say "No." to their children.

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Just by a weighted ball, and a golf ball and switch every 5 minutes. Instead of wasting your money on that crap.

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I'd like to brainstorm what other "content" they could update this program with.

Hardware: It's a ball, with a motion sensor. The movements are shown on the screen.

Default Program: You move the ball to take out targets on the screen in a timed fashion resulting in points.
  • Updates could include:
  • Avoiding an object for as long as you can.
  • Avoid moving objects for as long as you can.
  • Move the ball through a maze without touching the edges.

.......... That's all I got.

Now, let's compare a few othe products.
  • Smart Hockey Ball: $10 USD
  • Golf Ball: $4 USD (2 pk)
  • Tennis Ball: $4 USD (3 pk)
  • Sheet of HDPE (2ftx4ft) and 10 hockey pucks: $35 USD
  • Open Hockey: $8 USD a person.

The price is directly targeting parents with a large incomes that don't know how to say "No." to their children.
I think pretty much any stickhandling drill coaches can put together, such as pylons, in and outs, toe drags, etc could be put into this game - so variety could be possible.

Another reason I feel this has a chance is that kids don't play street hockey or nail slap shots against a garage like they used to. They'd rather be on the internet or playing video games. This looks to be a computerized version of stickhandling that could be fun for kids.

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It is an interesting tool but not for $200 or $300!!! I'll think about it if it was under $50. it'll be pretty cool if Nintendo Wii developes a game something like that.

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If you have basement space, and a concrete floor, just use a hard plastic ball and set up a chair or two and stick handle through it.

I'm certainly not a great hockey player, but my stickhandling improved from doing that.

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If you have basement space, and a concrete floor, just use a hard plastic ball and set up a chair or two and stick handle through it.

I'm certainly not a great hockey player, but my stickhandling improved from doing that.

I used to just drop a bunch of controls randomly on the carpet (TV, VCR etc) and just handle a golf ball in between them. Changing up the sequence every now and again.

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You could become a masterful stickhandler working in a closet. I've been following a program by Coach Chic and I've improved by leaps and bounds.

It's a cheap, simple, and effective method. As long as you have a tennis ball, a Swedish ball (or golf ball) and a balloon you're good to go!


I do most of my stickhandling in my garage. I'll usually set up two chairs (if I want to practice going through and around defenders) or two garbage bins (if I want to practice going around and in between defenders) and stickhandle. A lot of the times I'll just leave them aside and go free-form, too.

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I'm with some of the others. $50 or less, maybe. $200 - $300, I'll be playing ice hockey on the river Styx before I'd buy it.

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Think about it though - do kids actually do that stuff anymore? (stickhandling in the garage, using chairs, etc). Not really, that stuff gets boring in no time.

Kids need stimulation and fun, I'd say this tool could provide it, looks like a neat invention.

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Think about it though - do kids actually do that stuff anymore? (stickhandling in the garage, using chairs, etc). Not really, that stuff gets boring in no time.

Kids need stimulation and fun, I'd say this tool could provide it, looks like a neat invention.
Stickhandling is one thing every hockey players loves to practice.

Getting them to work on stop-gos, etc. is hard.

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Stickhandling is one thing every hockey players loves to practice.

Getting them to work on stop-gos, etc. is hard.
If that's the case, this looks like it helps them keep their head up at all times while practicing, unlike home made drills.

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