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Chip and Go Newsletter

Welcome back to the 'Chip and Go Newsletter'!- October Edition 1

The 'Chip and Go Newsletter' is a fast and easy way to learn more about the game of hockey and connect with your SJHA community. This is a one-stop-shop for all your SJHA news and information. So, give it a quick chip and go!

Seattle Junior News and Updates

  • 8U Mite will have their first evaluations on Saturday, October 10th from 8:50am-9:40am at Olympicview Arena. The following two sessions will be Monday, October 12th from 5:00pm to 5:50pm at Lynnwood Ice Center and Friday, October 16th from 5:00pm to 5:50pm at Lynnwood Ice Center.
  • 8U Mitey Mite will have their first evaluations on Sunday, October 18th from 8:00am-8:50am at Olympicview Arena. The following two sessions will be Saturday, October 24th from 8:40am-9:30pm at Lynnwood Ice Center and Sunday, October 25th from 8:00am-8:50am at Lynnwood Ice Center.

Support SJHA!

Do you want to promote your small or large business while supporting your SJHA community? It's a WIN-WIN! Sponsors will have the opportunity to place an add page on the upcoming Chip and Go Newsletter. We send our content to hundreds of families a week! Proceeds will help supplement the costs of much needed resources like ice time and expert hockey coaching. Contact marty.rubin@sjha.com right now to learn more!

Pride, Hustle, Desire- Player of the Month

The Pride, Hustle, Desire (PHD) Player of the Month is a prestigious award designed to highlight the hard work and dedication of one SJHA player each month. Coaches will have an opportunity to nominate their most devoted players. Each month's winner will have a short write up in the 'Chip and Go Newsletter' and will receive a fun gift from SJHA. 

Our first 'PDH Player of the Month' will be named in the next edition of the 'Chip and Go Newsletter.' Coaches, please send your nomination and a picture of this player to marty.rubin@sjha.com. 

Coaches' Corner- Drill of the week

This edition's Coaches' Corner is dedicated to PASSING. As coaches, it is our responsibility to create game-like situations for our players while providing as many opportunities as possible to improve fundamental passing skills. There is a time and place for static partner passing and blocked passing drills (the term 'blocked' refers to drills in which players can expect the pass to come from the same place each time-AKA-not a game-like situation) to isolate passing skills such as catching, releasing, follow through, etc. However, players will become more accustomed to the creative and erratic style of the game when pushed to practice their passing skills in an environment in which they must adjust and anticipate their passing routes with each unique movement of the drill. Challenge your players to catch pucks in difficult areas (backhand, skates, behind, off the boards, etc.) and move pucks while skating (forwards, backwards, and in tight turns) in free form with one another. Ratchet up difficulty by adding a surprise defensive element to keep players on their toes. All of this can be accomplished by adding creativity and spontaneity to normal blocked drills. A bonus to these activities is that we are also asking our players to find new ways to COMMUNICATE with one another!

The video below is a great example of passing progressions that push players to practice their fundamental passing skills in a creative, game-like situation while moving to get open for one another, communicating, and having fun. The first fundamental aspect of 'Finnish 5 Puck' is that it limits players' space. By forcing players to move the puck more often and work as a unit in tight areas, our players will be simultaneously developing their passing skills and their hockey IQ (something our 'blocked' drills lack). The next fundamental aspect of the progression is that it encourages heads-up play and plenty of communication. As coaches, we cannot accept merely telling our players to skate with their heads up and talk to one another, we must put them in situations in which it is imperative to do so. Finally, the progression challenges players to use their feet to create open space for themselves, a fundamental skill used in successful breakouts, regroups, and offensive zone play. We can use this progression as an opportunity to demonstrate how moving one's feet can create more space and time with and without the puck. 

All in all, the 'Finnish 5 Puck' progression is an awesome starting point for coaches of any age group and skill level to institutionalize communication, fundamental passing skills, and heads-up play in their team's culture. Consider changing your blocked warmup drills to this free-form setup and see how much it challenges your players!

Admiral Academy- Learn Something New Today!

Do you like watching NHL hockey? Do you want to improve your on and off-ice hockey analytical skills? Would you like to take a deep dive into the world of an NHL analyst? Look no further! Jack Han is a former AHL assistant coach and current NHL analyst who has just published an incredibly detailed inspection of the way NHL hockey is coached and played. His book, 'Hockey Tactics 2020,' pairs the complicated data from the world's most elite players and teams down to simple, understandable lessons in order to teach hockey players and coaches at any level about defensive structure, offensive support, goal scoring methods, and much more. Readers get an inside look at NHL player development, coaching strategies, and cutting edge hockey data analysis directly from experts in the game. Easily downloadable for laptops, tablets, and Smart Devices, this e-book is a great read for all lovers of the game who want to learn and grow. Contact marty.rubin@sjha.com if you want to discuss after reading!

 

Welcome to the first edition of the 'Chip and Go Newsletter'!- September Edition 1

The 'Chip and Go Newsletter' is a fast and easy way to learn more about the game of hockey and connect with your SJHA community. This is a one-stop-shop for all your SJHA news and information. So, give it a quick chip and go!

Seattle Junior News and Updates

We still have limited spots for our rec divisions (10u, 12u, 14u, 18u)!

Click to register: 

https://www.sjha.com/page/show/5832966-registration 

See below for more news and updates regarding Mitey Mite and Mite registration, COVID-19 information, and ways to support your SJHA community.

Support SJHA!

Do you want to promote your small or large business while supporting your SJHA community? It's a WIN-WIN! Sponsors will have the opportunity to place an add page on the upcoming Chip and Go Newsletter. We send our content to hundreds of families a week! Proceeds will help supplement the costs of much needed resources like ice time and expert hockey coaching. Contact marty.rubin@sjha.com right now to learn more!

Pride, Hustle, Desire- Player of the Month

The Pride, Hustle, Desire (PHD) Player of the Month is a prestigious award designed to highlight the hard work and dedication of one SJHA player each month. Coaches will have an opportunity to nominate their most devoted players. Each month's winner will have a short write up in the 'Chip and Go Newsletter' and will receive a fun gift from SJHA. 

Our first 'PDH Player of the Month' will be named in the next edition of the 'Chip and Go Newsletter.' Coaches, please send your nomination and a picture of this player to marty.rubin@sjha.com. 

Coaches' Corner- Drill of the week

Coaches of all ages and skill levels, this section is for you!

Our first Coaches' Corner is dedicated to POWER SKATING. Before we can jump into face-paced, multi-skilled drills with our players, we have to enforce sound skating habits especially when it comes to edge work. Players with excellent edges are able to skate faster, start and stop quicker, evade defenders more effectively, stay on their feet better, and maintain balance and speed through transitions. These skills are perfected by isolating inside and outside edge movements. There are a million power skating progressions, so start at a level that will challenge your players without being too difficult and work your way up from there. Coaches who prioritize their players' skating development will build these drills into every session. Even the pros take time out of their practices each day to perfect their edge work!

The video below is an in-depth look at 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, Max Ivanov's power skating progression. Notice that each drill stresses proper form over maximum speed. Players should be comfortable on their inside and outside edges in each progression before pushing the pace of the drill. Max also displays the importance of posture while moving through the progressions: his back is straight, his chest is facing forward, he leads each turn with his head and his stick, his eyes are up, and he never lets his chin go over his toes. In total, Max demonstrates three drills: ankle/edge warmup, deep turns, and power pushes. Take these directly into your next practice and make proper edge work a habit in your team's culture. 

For questions or more information, please reach out to marty.rubin@sjha.com. Go get em!!

Admiral Academy- Learn something new today!

Hockey has often been described as a series of small battles, a never ending opportunity to learn and grow as a player, coach, or fan of the game. The Admiral Academy is a platform created to inspire your continual exploration of hockey history and knowledge through videos, podcasts, articles, books, and more. 

This week, we will be featuring an episode from one of the best hockey podcasts out there called "The Hockey Think Tank." Topher Scott and Jeff LoVecchio are seasoned professional hockey players and coaches that have dedicated themselves to providing elite hockey resources and analysis to amateur players and families. In this episode, they break down the fundamental aspects of the O-Zone and the D-Zone from both a coach's and a player's perspective. Highlighting intangible habits such as stick pressure and communication, they provide a guide to successful play from which anyone, mini-mite to pro to adult weeknight warrior, can improve their game. Check out this episode and plenty more at http://www.thehockeythinktank.com

The Hockey Think Tank- Episode 123- Ozone & Dzone Play