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SHOULDERS & Hands ON A LEVEL PLANE PLAN

EFFICIENCY OF MOVEMENT REQUIRES UPPER BODY CONTROL AS THE SHOULDERS AND HANDS ROTATE AS A UNIT ON A LEVEL PLANE TOWARDS THE CENTRE IN THE SHOOTING LANE

DAY 1: Technical Instruction Video

The ‘Stable Shoulders During The T-Push’’ technical instruction video will explore how the correct alignment will provide the stability and softness to initiate and maintain the control of the Upper Body Rotation during a T-Push.

DAY 1 COACHING TIP

It is when you comprehend how the small parts of a skill work together that you will be able to apply more knowledge to practicing the fundamental skill elements on the ice.

DAY 2: Isolation Drill

The ‘ Level Hands Into Stride’ Isolation Drill will focus on the hands transferring on a parallel plane to the floor, from the Standing HIGH Crouch Stance thru to and the ‘bent stride knee’ alignment of your T-Push separation. 

Repeat the practice, record, and assess process as many times as you need to improve the skill key of the technique. 

DAY 2 COACHING TIP

Deliberate practice requires constant feedback from your mistakes and mindfully correct those mistakes so that you can gradually develop a skill.

Watching the recording allows you to see exactly how you executed the movement. This visual feedback can be invaluable for identifying areas where your technique may be lacking or where you’re performing well.

DAY 3: Isolation Drill

The ‘Flex Into T-Push Load With Level Hands’ Isolation Drill will focus on maintaining hands on a level plane while shifting weight into the flexed leg to load for the T-Push.

Repeat the practice, record, and assess process as many times as you need to improve the skill key of the technique. 

DAY 3 COACHING TIPS

It will be helpful to identify weaknesses or areas for improvement within your skill execution. 

Isolating each segment chunk will allow you to focus on the parts that challenge you the most, whether it’s alignment or the movement pattern.

After identifying errors or areas for improvement, you can work on correcting them by comparing your movements to ideal techniques or seeking guidance from instructors or online resources.

DAY 4: Functional Movement Mental Practice

  1. For this practice you will use the ‘Level Plane Thru T-Push’ Progression Drill video to mentally practice maintaining shoulders and hands on a parallel plane to the ice while transitioning with a T-Push. 

PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS

Today’s practice is a visualization exercise that will challenge you to mentally download the movement patterns needed to activate specific components of a skill.

Step 1: Watch the entire video 2 or 3 times to get a general understanding of the skill chunks that are involved in  the whole skill execution.

Step 2:  Watch each progression with the purpose of IDENTIFYING each Skill Chunks and REMEMBERING how they are executed.

Step 3: In a quiet space, free from distraction, close your eyes for durations of 45 seconds as you visualize the precise execution of ‘each’ progression.

Repeat multiple visualization sets to reinforce the pathways in the brain that are linked to the physical actions of the whole skill.

DAY 4 COACHING TIP

  1. Mental practice drills require sustained attention, which helps improve focus and concentration over time.
  2. As you continually engage in mental exercises, you train your mind to stay attentive for longer periods, leading to improved concentration when physically practicing the alignment and movement patterns.

To maximize a mental practice session, watch the video in a quiet area so you can concentrate free of distractions.

LEAN INTO THE HARD

IMPROVE YOURSELF THRU COACHING

Coach Your Coach

 Challenge yourself to explain to your team coach the spotlighted skill key in the Technical Instruction Video.

This will help you learn the skill execution as you teach your coaches the technical insight, so they can better provide you with the feedback you will need during practices.

Develop Smarter Spotter Coaches

Explain to your Spotter Coach the alignment and movement patterns spotlighted in the Isolation Drill.

You will better learn the skill as you provide insight to who ever is overseeing your drill.

This will develop a smarter spotter so they can better provide feedback during practices

Be A Coach

Ask your goalie coach if you can explain to him/her, or the other goalies in your session, how each progression in the Functional Movement Mental Practice video, fits into the execution of the whole skill movement.

You can also take a few minutes to explain and demonstrate to your goalie partner during team practices.

This will force you to see the progressions in your mind and describe the movement patterns.

Being a coach will better help you to understand and physically execute the skills

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