Bantams vs High School

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rememberitshockey
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Bantams vs High School

Post by rememberitshockey » Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:28 pm

Question for those who have 1st year HS players:
What was the biggest adjustment your player had to make going from Bantams to HS?
What should a player focus on leading up to HS tryouts/season?
What qualities or skills must a good HS player possess that may have not been as important at the Bantam level?
Thanks for your input.

Coach2414
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Post by Coach2414 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:45 pm

The biggest adjustment is the size and speed of the game.

Kids can focus on off ice work outs or other sports. Footwork and Puck handling make a difference. Hockey sense! have your kid watch high level hockey and understand what sort of decision making is taking place on ice and why it is. Playing to your strengths, knowing your weaknesses. Do what makes you a successful player in game, and better your weaknesses in practice, push yourself and compete in every drill.

In my mind a good HS Hockey Player qualities are; footwork, strength on skates, Hockey sense(decision making), Hands, shot. Size is god given, not all players have it, effort and work ethic make up for it. It is an added bonus.

If it doesn't work out on the high school team, there's always Junior Gold.

zooomx
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Post by zooomx » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:34 am

Speed of the game. At HS, you need to get rid of the puck, like right now. Strength and quickness. Lift weights during the off season and put on some muscle. Work on footwork. Quick, explosive starts are often what separates a good HS player and a junior gold candidate.

Also, shooting pucks in the driveway doesn't go away in Pee Wees. At he HS level, the goalies are bigger and better. Most goals are either snipes, or dirty goals out front.

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