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T-Push With Direction And Control PLAN

THE START OF A T-PUSH TRANSITION, FROM A HIGH CROUCH STANCE, INCLUDES AN ACTION CALLED ‘PIVOT FOR DIRECTION’.

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS MOVEMENT, ALONG WITH THE CORRECT ALIGNMENT AND ACTIVATION OF  THE PUSHING LEG, WILL BOTH STEER AND CREATE THE CONTROLLED EXPLOSIVENESS TOWARDS CENTER IN THE SHOOTING LANE.

DAY 1: Technical Instruction Video

The ‘Pivot For Direction’ technical instruction video will highlight the importance of establishing the correct line when starting a T-Push transition, from the High Crouch Stance, to centre in the shooting lane.

DAY 1 COACHING TIP

Knowing how different skill keys work together to execute the whole skill allows you to practice more efficiently.

The technical knowledge that you will learn in today’s video will bring more focus and awareness to identify technical weaknesses, help you prioritize areas for improvement, and guide you to address specific challenges when you are physically practicing a skill.

Make sure you are in a quiet place, free from distractions, when viewing the video

DAY 2: Isolation Drill

When we hear the term ‘T-Push’, most of us understand the basics. We understand that initiating a T-Push involves a sequence of technical components, but we also have to ensure that we are able to stabilize the hips with a level pelvis as we sequence thru the transition. 

With the ‘Slide Bolt The hips’ Isolation Drill you will focuses on securing the hips in a parallel plane, as if a slide bolt was slipped through from one side to the other, to stabilize and maintain the hip bones parallel to the ice. 

In this practice, use a resistance band that is banded just above the knees as you flex the working knee inward and maintain the stability of your flex side hip bone to hold the hips parallel to the ground

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

  1. By Isolating a segment of the whole skill, you will be able to concentrate on specific keys without the complication of the complete movement. By breaking it down, you can refine your understanding of each component and how they contribute to the overall skill.

  2. Approach this isolation drill with slow focused movements for steady progress and improved alignment.

DAY 3: Functional Movement Mental Practice

  1. For this practice you will use the ‘Start The T-Push’ Progression Drill  video to mentally practice the correct alignment and activation of the push leg to both steer and create the controlled explosiveness needed to transition towards center in the shooting lane.

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 3 COACHING TIP

  1. Engaging in mental drills promotes a mindset of continuous learning and improvement. Mental practice can have far-reaching benefits beyond practicing the specific goalie skills thru visualization, you will also be able to use that knowledge to better physically practice when you are on the ice.

Mental drills can be practiced anywhere and anytime, requiring minimal equipment or resources. This makes them a convenient way to exercise your brain during downtime or breaks throughout the day.

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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