Ringette Drills - Skating

Ringette Drills - Skating
Standing Balance
Equipment:
None
Description:
Feet are shoulder width apart and knees are bent. Have the players look straight ahead, then push
lightly from behind, side, and front, testing their balance.
Variation
Have the players march on the spot with knees touching the stick, which is held horizontally in
front. Have them gradually raise the stick higher to test balance while skating around the ice at a
moderate speed. When the student comes to the first blue line, have her attempt to balance on her
left foot, gliding to next blue line. Have her change feet on the opposite side of the ice.
Line Jumps
Equipment:
None
Description:
Students line up across the end of the ice, then skate to the first blue line, do a two foot jump and
land; skate to and jump the center line; then continue to the next blue line. They then continue to
the far end of the ice. Avoid having players jump bulky articles on the ice as this is potentially
hazardous. When players jump, have them bend their knees when taking off and landing. Ensure
that sticks remain in one hand, touching the ice.
Ice Walk
Purpose:
Challenge the player to control her movement
Description:
Have the players start from the side boards and walk (do not skate) across the ice.
Variation
To make it more difficult have them walk on their toes or heels
Shuttle Skate
Purpose:
To increase dexterity, agility and balance
Description:
Distribute 30 rings across one blue line. Players start at one end of the ice, skate to the blue line,
and pick up a ring with one hand. They then skate with the ring and place (not drop) it on the
second blue line, skate forward to the end. Turn around and go back the other way.
Knee Drop (Learning how to Fall)
Purpose:
To increase balance and agility
Description:
Make sure everyone has good knee pads with plastic knee cap protectors. Have the players fall to
their knees while standing. Important: Remind them to use the hands to break their fall -- knees
are too easy to hurt! Have them use the stick for help in getting up. Next have them do this while
skating, getting up as quickly as possible.
Snow Man
Purpose:
To increase confidence, agility, and balance
Description:
Have players skate up the ice from the end line approximately halfway to the other end, dove
forward under control, and slide on the stomach with the stick directly out in front. Tell them to
concentrate on getting up as quickly as possible.
Variation
This is the same as above, except while on the ice, players roll over, keeping the stick straight out
in front. They then get up as quickly as possible.
Chair Drill
Purpose:
To develop balance and power
Description:
Have the players push a chair around the ice. This can be made into a fun relay.
Variation
Divide into two groups. Line up as shown with two chairs. On whistle, one player from each line
pushes the chair around the free pass circle back to her line where she hands off the chair to the
next player. Continue until everyone has finished. Last player skates into the middle and sits on
her chair. Try to be the first team done. This is a popular relay drill at the Ossoyoos Ringette
School.
Stick Drill
Purpose:
To improve leg control, strength, and co-ordination
Description:
Have the players skate holding their stick in both hands at shoulder height in front of the body.
Remind them to try not to move the stick -- the skating action should come from the legs.
Reaction Drill
Purpose:
To improve hand-eye coordination. agility, and balance.
Description:
This drill is similar to the mirror drill, except that it is done the whole length of the ice. The
coach points left, right, up, down, ice, etc. and the players follow directions.
Variation
Use a ring
Wide Crossovers
Purpose:
To learn how to control inside and outside edges
Description:
While skating, have the players lift one leg high to the side, then cross it over the other leg. They
then put the first leg on the ice, then lift the inside leg up and repeat.
Variation
Backwards
Snaking
Purpose:
To develop leg strength
Description:
Snaking is skating without taking the feet off the ice. It requires the player to bend the knees
more, and push harder, alternating the legs.
Variation
Backwards
Beginning V Start
Purpose:
To practice leaning forward in the start
Description:
Have the players stand about an arm's length away from the boards facing them. They form a V
with their skates, and fall against the boards. When the players are comfortable with this have
them turn around and skate across the ice.
Pushing Your Partner
Purpose:
To increase stroking stride and strength.
Description:
Have the player place her hands on the hips of her partner and push her across the ice. The person
being pushed does not offer any resistance. Change positions and go the other way.
Beginning Tight Turns
Purpose:
To teach the tight turn
Description:
Have the players spread out over the ice. Have them try the tight turn by putting one foot in front
of the other and leaning in the same direction as the front foot. The body will automatically turn.
When everyone is comfortable with this have them take a few strides and turn. Divide the players
into groups depending on how well they can do this. Progress to the Dot Drill. Make sure to do
both directions.
Inch Worm
Purpose:
To develop turning and agility
Description:
Have players line up in a single line just more than arms length. The player in the back starts to
go through the line skating in and out of each player. When she reaches the end, she takes up a
place in the line. The next player from the back starts. Encourage the line to bend around the ice.
Variation
Backwards
Ship Shape
Purpose:
Carrying the ring, stopping, starting, and changing directions
Description:
Good game for young skaters. Each player should have a stick and ring. Gather them into the
center circle and explain the calls.
BOW - One end of the ice
STERN - Opposite end of the ice
PORT - Left side of the ice (facing the bow)
STARBOARD - Right side of the ice (facing the bow)
MAN OVERBOARD - Lie down on the ice, roll over and get up quickly
CAPTIAN ABOARD - Skate to the center circle and salute the coach.
SWAB THE DECK - Down on knees and rub the ice
MUTINY - Chase the coach.
Variation
Backwards
Dodge
Purpose:
To practice passing accuracy on the ice, as well as to avoid being hit with the ring
Description:
Make a circle of students and put a few players in the middle. Shooters use two rings - shooting
them on the ice while trying to hit the skate blade of the players in the middle. When hit, the
skater trades places with the person who hit her.
Peter Zezel Skating Drill
Equipment:
None
Description:
Divide the two groups in half, one at each corner. Move nets into the hash marks to allow plenty
of room. On whistle, P1 skates to the near blue line and back to the start. When they are done, P2
does the same thing from their end. P1 then skates to the red line and back to the start while P2
does the same. Far blue line and back, go around the far net to the far blue line and back, go
around the far net to the red line and back, go around the far net to the near blue line and back,
and go around the far net to the goal line where you started and back around. This drill is great
for endurance and speed bursts because it allows sufficient skating and rest periods. This is a
favourite drill of NHL player Peter Zezel.
Variation:
Backwards
Glue
Equipment:
None
Description:
Every player gets a partner. The coach will skate around the rink with a ring. One skater is the
Defense and the other is the Forward. The forwards skate to get away from the Defense and the
Defense does their best to stick to the forward like GLUE. If a forward is open the coach may
pass to her.
Circles and Pylons - M. Parkin - Penticton
Equipment:
None
Description:
Players start in the corner with a ring. They do crossovers around the first circle as shown, then
they go through the first set of 3 pylons. They skate across the far blue line and go through the
second set of 3 pylons. Then they do another set of crossovers around the second circle the in
the opposite direction of the first circle.
Variation:
Backwards
Getting Back - M. Parkin - Penticton
Equipment:
1 Ring per player
Description:
Player 1 skates toward opposite net and takes a shot. As soon as Player 1 shoots, Player 2 starts in
the other direction and Player 1 must skate hard to catch up. Player 2 takes a shot and Player 3
takes off down the ice with Player 2 chasing.
Variation:
Use 2 skaters at a time.
Push/Pull Nets - Older Players
Equipment:
2 nets
Description:
Divide the teams into two groups. Bring both nets and put them on the goal line with the opening
facing the player. On the whistle, one player (2 if they are younger) push the net down the ice as
far as you think is fair. Suggested red line for younger players and length of the ice for older
players. On the way back they pull the net skating backwards. This will develop leg strength
and power.
Slolam x3
Equipment:
Pylons, Rings
Description:
Players skate through the pylons 3 times. #1 forwards, #2 backwards, #3 pick up a ring and go
forwards. If possible have two lines going at the same time to prevent players from standing
around. All three times through should be continuous.
There and Back Skating - Fun
Equipment:
Cards
Description:
Place all the following ways to skate there back on cards and put them in a hat.
- Forwards
- Backwards
- Jump each line
- Snowman between blue lines
- Down on knees between blue lines
- 360's on each line
- 180's on each line
- Glide on 2 feet between blue lines
- Glide on left foot there and right foot back
- Log rolls
Before each time, pull out a new way to skate there and back so it's different every time. Add
new ones to keep the drill fresh. Do 4-5 times.
Pylon Mania
Equipment:
Pylons
Description:
Continuous circut, weave in and out of the pylons. Carry a ring
Variation:
Backwards, turn 180 on each pylon, go around pylon full circle
Wild Zone
Equipment:
Pylons
Description:
Divide players into three groups (that's if you have the whole ice). Group 1 will skate around
circles one way 2-3 times, then change directions. Group 2 works on pivoting backwards. Group
3 does crossovers in a figure 8. Do each station for 5 minutes and switch.
Foot Race
Equipment:
Rings, pylons
Description:
On whistle, players skate the pattern forwards and backwards around the pylons. The coach flips
the ring down the middle. The first player tries to score and the second player tries to check.
Switch lines.
Whistle Stop
Equipment:
1 ring per player
Description:
Players skate around the ice slowly.
1st whistle: Skate fast
2nd whistle: stop completely and go the other way fast
3rd whistle: slow
4th whistle: tight turn and go fast
5th whistle: SNOWMAN
4 Circles
Equipment:
None
Description:
On whistle, first three players accelerate forward, around the circles as shown
Variation:
Backwards
Heads Up!!
Equipment:
None
Description:
2 players at a time skate though pattern as shown
SUICIDE
Equipment:
None required
Description:
Starting at the goal line, skate forward to the near blue line and return to the starting point. Then
skate to the center red line and return to the start, then the far blue line and return, finally to the
far end and return.
Variation:
Use the free play lines as well as the red and blue lines. Consider using backwards skating on the
return portions or in both directions. This drill can also be used with sharp turns instead of stops
and starts.
Circuit Race
Equipment:
1 or 2 stopwatches, pylons
Description:
Pylons are set out as shown. Player skates through pylons full out. Timed.
Variation:
Backwards
Lines and Circles
Equipment:
None
Description:
Have players line up in the corner. They do crossovers around the first 2 circles then skate to the
opposite blue line, stop and skate backwards across the blue line to the other side boards. Stop
and skate to the red line on the opposite side boards, stop and skate backwards to the other side
boards. Then skate to opposite corner that you started in.
Skating/Stopping/Backwards
Equipment:
3 pylons
Description:
Set up each pylon in the middle of each line. One player from each side skates to the first pylon
at the near blue line, stops and then skates backwards along the blue line to the boards, stops,
then skates forwards to the next pylon at the red line, stops and skates backwards along the red
line to the boards. They then skate forwards to the third pylon at the far blue line and stop, pivot
and skate backwards along the blue line to the boards. They then skate full out back to their lines,
or to the opposite corners if you have full ice.
Variation:
Use Rings
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