Hockey is indeed one exhilarating sport. It is very action packed and each and every minute of the game will have you sitting at the edge of your seat. With players skating around and whipping their hockey sticks in the air, plus crashing into one another, you have the recipe for complete and utter physical mayhem. However, before the brute force kicks in is a lot of careful planning to ensure that these players are in top form and not just bumbling around on the ice. Because hockey takes a lot of physical coordination in order to dominate in the game, most players have recognized the need to improve their physicality through training at hockey camps.
In order to shape up for one exciting season of hockey, players enroll in hockey camp and take part in two kinds of training: on-ice training and off-ice training. The on-ice training sessions are quite on the rigorous side – students are usually required to attend practice six days a week. Each practice or training session lasts for one hour and twenty minutes a day for a total of fifteen hours’ worth of practice time in a week. Under this kind of training, physical skills are improved through a variety of skating drills that will help develop coordination.
Skating is an integral part in hockey physical fitness. In hockey camp, the players undergo skating drills in order to promote their agility and balance while being under duress. They perform almost-endless back and form dynamic power skating while taking in consideration speed as well as momentum. Along with this, they are required to practice their stop/start motions as well as perfect the art of power push offs (very necessary if one desires to retain his footing all throughout the game). Power turns are also practiced in a consistent manner. Undergoing drills in order to perfect this will have you pivoting as well as driving the net in order to win. Alongside this are drills that will help enhance your ability to stop, perform crossovers and assume edge control. All of these skating drills are performed and practiced using a puck and a stick. This is a basic requirement and the hockey players are required to perform this up tempo with the technical direction provided by the coaches for maximum endurance and skill.
Aside from skating, shooting is another skill that one will practice to improve physicality in hockey. This is an art and the way that shooting drills are developed not only involves the shooting action itself but also all the mechanics and the different game situations. And of course, this includes knowing when are the appropriate times that you ought to shoot the puck. Some of the techniques one learns in shooting drills include performing wrist shots and slap shots, executing wrap arounds, snap shots, deflections and one timers, striking with both backhand and forehand motions for better scoring techniques and also knowing how to anticipate a rebound and position one’s self adequately. It is very important that one learns all the techniques of how to shoot properly and at the right time so that scoring efficiency is maximized in all types of game situations.