Now that your winter hockey season is in the record books, it’s time to start mapping out your off-season training schedule. So where do you start? This can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if you break it down into small, individual parts.
Identify – The first step is to identify a few of areas of your game that you want to improve. Do you want to get faster, stronger or put on some weight? Do you want to develop a heavier, more accurate shot? Or maybe you want to just acquire better overall stickhandling and shooting proficiency?
Find Resources – Once you have your objectives identified, it’s time to find resourses to help you reach your goal. For example, if you want to improve your skating skills, find a power skating instructor in your area. See what program offerings are available and sign up. One tip… look for something that is scheduled for 2-3 times per week for the whole summer.
Schedule Your Days – This is an important step. There are only 24 hours in a day and 8-10 of those hours are needed for sleep. So, in actuality, you only have 14-16 hours to fill your day. Schedule your skating times and add some off-ice stickhandling and shooting training.
Pick a time of day that you can consistently block off 4-5 times per week. I recommend mornings, because as the day progresses, you have a higher likelihood of getting pulled by friends to do other activities.
Team Up – One way to push yourself to another level of training off-ice is to pair up with a buddy. When doing stickhandling or shooting drills, make it a competition. See who can complete a stickhandling course in the fastest time or who can get the most bar downs in 10 shots.
Another benefit of teaming up is holding each other accountable to not miss scheduled training dates and times.
Be Persistent – The biggest hockey stick skills development killer is procrastination. Don’t be the player who puts off practice until the start of the season is right around the corner. Commit, don’t quit. Be persistent on a weekly basis and you’ll be amazed at the results you’ll achieve by the start of next season!!
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