The 50′ x 25′ shooting rink enables players the ability to concentrate on isolating different shooting techniques. Depending on age and ability, players are taught different shooting mechanics for various shot types. The shooting rink gives the players the capability to shoot hundreds of pucks, repeatedly and properly, an opportunity they do not get during team practices. Learning how to shoot off their front leg, their back leg, and understanding proper weight transfer, proper hand positioning and follow through are some aspects we focus on. Along with wrist shots, snap shots, slap shots, back-hand shots, one timers, quick release, and many other shooting techniques. Also, we integrate a radar gun to monitor shot progression.
During these lessons it is not just about the result of the shot, it is working on the skill sets that allow our player to consistently shoot a puck correctly. In order to do so, we analyze the perfect shot with the basic mechanics. Starting from accepting and cradling a pass, to putting the puck in proper position, to then allow the player to initiate the shot and allow for proper follow through. The overall mechanics include accepting, passing, cradling, putting the puck in proper position. With that includes proper hand position, weight transfer, compression of shaft of stick, to blade pointing and puck positioning based on shot type. We work with players on how to apply all of these basic mechanics into one fluid motion. Lessons also include proper stick handling techniques and much more.