Coaches’ Tip

Player Tip – Pass­ing & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

The Compass - - SPORTS -

Pass­ing a puck in hockey is a true art, and it is one of the most im­por­tant as­pects of the game. Pass­ing is some­thing that is taught to be­gin­ners and is prac­tised by pro­fes­sion­als. It is the most ef­fi­cient way to move the puck, and it is the foun­da­tion of a good­hockey team. Per­haps the most im­por­tant part of pass­ing is vi­sion. This is some­thing that can only be learned with prac­tice. Play­ers must have the ex­pe­ri­ence of han­dling the puck with­out look­ing down. They must be able to skate freely on the ice while look­ing for team­mates and for the next move. Vi­sion is best prac­tised by chal­leng­ing your­self to look up in­stead of down. The best play­ers in the world have an in­cred­i­ble abil­ity to see the ice and read the play.

Another im­por­tant part of pass­ing is com­mu­ni­ca­tion. You must feel com­fort­able with your team­mates enough that you can talk on the ice. As the player with the puck, you should be able to di­rect team­mates to op­ti­mal po­si­tions. With­out the puck, you should let the passer know when you are open, and you must also have the dis­ci­pline to de­cline a pass so the passer can make a bet­ter play for the team. Hockey pro­vides an end­less amount of op­tions for pass­ing. The puck can go tape to tape, off the boards, saucer pass, skate to stick blade or any­thing to reach a team­mate. Use your imag­i­na­tion when pass­ing the puck.

Coaches’ re­minder: make sure to keep drills fresh, cre­ative and in­for­ma­tive!

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