Working on your stickhandling is one of the easier skills to practice at home as no net is required. There are many drills you can practice to improve your hand-eye coordination and be comfortable with the puck on your stick.
Stickhandling is the fundamentals of passing, shooting and puck control. The Stickhandling Skills section from the OMHA Hockey Academy offers a number of drills that help players practice new techniques to get used to having the puck on their stick through different movements in different situations.
The concept of 10,000 Touches is based on the idea of the ‘10,000 Hour Rule’ which theorizes that developing a talent and becoming accomplished in a certain area takes roughly 10,000 hours worth of practice. It’s not just about putting in the time, it’s about pushing yourself and being dedicated while you practice to make it worthwhile.
There is a key to the technique that players should use when practicing any skill in any sport and that is having each rep be meaningful. It’s easy to speed through as many reps as possible in the quickest amount of time just to finish faster but that doesn’t help you improve. Use an extra few seconds and think about the adjustments you are making in practice and it will help improve your stick handling. You will notice an improvement in your abilities over time if the practice is kept consistent.
You can now secure a 7 day free trial of the OMHA Hockey Academy! Full registration after the trial includes a welcome gift pack (estimated value of $40.00, shipping may be delayed) as well as exclusive access to the online tracking portal where you can keep track of your progress and be entered to win weekly prizes. The one year subscription ($10.00 a month) includes tutorial videos and tips on how to get the most out of each drill and entries into weekly prize draws.
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