Expectations are too high for beginners in hockey. Beginners are simply not ready for team play and systems. What is missing is a transition phase from the first time a player puts on a pair of skates to that first hockey game. The Hockey Method is a methodology to fill in this missing link or gap in hockey development. It identifies skill levels that can be grading to track player proficiency. The Hockey Method consists of two parts; Book 1 – Beginner Skating and Book 2 – Beginner Puck Control. These two parts present 31 skill concepts that are so simple and easy to learn that you don’t need to be a coach to teach them. What is really needed, for first timers, is one-on-one direction and instruction. Coaches or parents can do it but parents are a better choice to instruct beginners because they have the time and vested interest to dedicate the 1 on 1 instruction needed by beginners at this early age. The basic idea is to build confidence by learning to walk before you run, run before you glide, and to be able to turn the toes in and out before you are able to use edges.
Bob de la Salle – is a Level V, NCCP hockey coach and has coached most minor hockey age groups for over 25 years. He has taught coaching clinics across the province of Alberta and developed his own professional hockey school, the “de la Salle School of Hockey Basics” during the 1970s. This school was one of the first hockey schools to implement timing and skating speed calculations and was a pioneer using video technology to analyze skating.