One of the best training aids for strengthening core skills is a hockey passer. It may not seem like such a big deal, but knowing how hard to slap the puck and when makes all of the difference in the world. In order to play as a successful team player, you have to know how to pass the puck, and to receive it in a way that is ultimately going to win the game. The one tool that can help you achieve perfect passing and receiving skills is a hockey rebounder. Don’t believe it? Go ahead and try these drills and see how they feel:
It might not seem like something that could be beneficial, but wait until you are in a game and somebody slaps a wild puck at you. Having the speed and agility to snatch the puck and gain control of it can win the whole game. Stretching helps the body to stay loose, so it is a win-win strategy to practice this kind of drill.
First: Assuming that you have a flooring solution such as synthetic ice, or dryland hockey tiles in place set your hockey passer two feet in front of you, then about four feet to the left.
Second: Position yourself so that you are in line with the puck rebounder, and set your puck on the flooring where you can slap it towards the passer.
Third: Slap the puck firmly towards the puck rebounder and allow it to come back to you. Repeat this three times to get warmed up.
Fourth: Slap the puck at the passer, but this time allow it to pass your body and go a foot to the right of you. Stretch your body to the right so that you can hit it back.
Fifth: Repeat the step above over again and allow to pass you on the right a few inches further each time. This way you stretch your body. Allow the puck to pass you to the right as far as you can possibly let it, and slap it back to the rebounder each time. When you are done with that side of your body, switch hands, and place the passer on the right side of you.
Pass and Shoot
For this exercise, you will need a hockey shooting tarp and a pile of pucks. This is the type of drill that will strengthen your passing, receiving, and shooting skills. When you practice a certain shot, over and over again you become an expert at it. Quick repetition builds your hand-eye coordination and your accuracy skills.
First: Position your hockey passer in about the same fashion as you did in the last drill, approximately four feet to the left, or right of you, and two feet ahead. This time, make sure that you are facing your hockey tarp.
Second: Drag a puck front and center of you, and be ready to slap it. Depending on which side of you that you placed the rebounder on, position yourself so you are ready.
Third: Pass the puck to the rebounder and allow it to come back to you, but pass you so that it is completely on the other side of your body. From that angle, take a snipe shot into one of the targets of your shooting tarp.
Fourth: Repeat this three or four times, then switch the passer to your other side and repeat the drill on the opposite side. As you get more comfortable with the drill, increase the speed of your movements. Hit the puck a little harder to the rebounder, and allow it to get a little heat behind it when it comes to you.
You can practice these drills as often as you would like. Remember that you can control how fast you go and the force of the puck when it comes back to you. Don’t slack off when it gets difficult, keep pushing. This is how you score points and win games.