Skill of the Week

  • Image Video Receiving Difficult Passes - From the Air[ref# 1086]

    Out of the air with the stick:

    • A downward slapping or bunting action with the stick can prove useful in contacting and controlling the puck
    • Keep the stick low to avoid a high-stick call

    Out of the air with the hand:

    • Do not close the hand around or catch the pass
    • The body may be used to trap and control the puck so that it can be redirected to the skates or stick

     

  • Image Video Backhand Saucer Pass[ref# 1084]
    • The grip on the stick remains the same as when stick handling and tightens on the shaft as the face of the stick blade opens
    • The puck is placed on the heel of the blade
    • The puck is rolled along the blade by sliding the stick in front of the body in the direction of the receiver
    • This puts a spinning movement to the puck which keeps it flat in the air and helps it land flat on the ice at the target
  • Image Video Forehand Saucer Pass[ref# 1082]
    • The puck is just ahead of the skate to the forehand side of the passer and on the heel of the stick blade.
    • The grip tightens on the shaft of the stick as the face of the stick blade opens.
    • The puck is rolled along the blade by sliding the stick in front of the body in the direction of the receiver.
    • This puts a spinning movement to the puck which keeps it flat in the air and helps it land flat on the ice at the target

Coaching Development

The IIHF Sport Department has developed the programming, planning and resources for the operation of the IIHF Coach Development Program. This includes course syllabus, contents and evaluation for all the coach education seminars.   This educational program is designed to follow the strategy whereby the program operates as a joint venture between the International Ice Hockey Federation and National Associations.   
 

IIHF Instructor

The IIHF recruit and train candidates to become IIHF Coaching Instructors and their role is to:
 

  • Assist  National Associations operating coaching clinics in their nation
  • Work on IIHF National Association Coaching Instructor Seminars
  • Be a coaching mentor for the National Association


IIHF Coach Development Program

Each National Association is encouraged to use the IIHF Coach Development Program resource materials either as the core development program or as a supplement to an existing program for education of their coaches.

The IIHF Coach Development Program there is four educational levels:
 

  1. Introduction to Coaching  
  2. Level I
  3. Level II
  4. Level III

All four levels have manuals that contain topics in the eleven subject areas: Introduction, Leadership, Teaching/Learning, Organization and Planning, Communication, Physiology, Psychology, Technical, Tactical, Safety and Risk Management and Rules and Regulations.

The Level I and Level II manuals have videos and drills that reinforce the Ttechnical skills and Tactic sections of those manuals.

The Coaching Program is linked to the IIHF player development Program, Learn to Play, by way of the Introduction to Coaching.

Build Your Practice

For coaches using the Drill bank, you can make lists of your favorite drills, or even build your next practice! Videos examples show how the drill works. Share the practice online with your team before you get to the rink by publishing them to your team folder. Print out your practice and take it with you to the rink.