Each participant loves having the puck on their stick.
In the event you polled 100 gamers in the event that they like taking part in with the puck vs taking part in with out it, 100% would agree taking part in with the puck is extra enjoyable. But within the defensive zone, many gamers have a horrible behavior of throwing pucks away.
At worst it’s a turnover to the opposite group. At greatest it’s a 50/50 puck race after going glass and out. Thrown-away pucks from the defensive zone are virtually all the time conditions that go in opposition to your group’s likelihood of driving play and profitable.
But how do coaches get in the way in which sufficient to advertise higher choices?
Moderately than gamers panicking as soon as they contact the puck they need to be snug holding onto the puck and making a top quality hockey resolution. How can we enable them the psychological instruments to keep away from throwing the puck away?
2-Steps is a rule that’s used within the defensive zone so as to add poise and assist make good choices with the puck reasonably than tossing it away. The rationale it’s so efficient is that it provides a pause between considering and executing.
That’s poise on the puck.
In a short time you’ll start to note improved resolution high quality in your group. After a number of reminders, your gamers will begin to implement two steps for you when a teammate forgets. This optimistic peer stress begins within the defensive zone however rapidly spreads to the remainder of the ice.
Including the pause to their toolkit is a releasing expertise for gamers. When gamers perceive they received’t be yelled at for attempting to make a greater play or settling for going glass and out, they construct confidence.
If a participant involves the bench after a panicked resolution, all a coach has to do is calmly increase two fingers and say “two steps.” It’s so simple as that.
What follows are fewer turnovers, higher choices, and extra possession time for our group. All are elements pushing our gamers in direction of success.