Joe Smith — 2015 Test Event 2015

2014 Test 2 2014

RMHS Testing

Lateral Hops x 15
Pushups in 60 sec
Situps in 60 sec
60 yard dash
10.45 sec
Lateral Hops in 30 secs
Top Speed Skating
3.86 sec
Acceleration Skating Test
4.90 sec

RMHS Skating

Backwards skating is a very important skill. Work on keeping your transitions tight. Keep legs under body and use long strides. Work on backwards skating from a stand still. Don't turn back on play by starting forward and turning. Work on lateral movement without crossovers. As soon as you crossover the puck carrier will change direction and beat you. Remember stick position when backward skating. Always on ice and in passing lane. Stick on puck - your blade on puck carriers blade.
Forward Stride
Knee bend is a must to get more power. Work on keeping your skates lower to the ice and not kicking on your return. Remember short choppy strides will get you to where you want to go but you will spend more energy skating like this. The key to speed and power is efficiency. Always remember to work on getting stronger on your edges. If you are not strong on your edges you will struggle to be a strong skater.
Backwards Stride
Work on your body alignment. When backwards skating much like forwards your body alignment is so important. Backwards skating you will be feeling like you are almost sitting in a chair. Be sure to keep your head and shoulders up as this is where all your balance is when skating. Center your weight over the middle of you skates and be sure to fully extend your c-cuts and fully return. C-cuts are where you gain and maintain your power going backwards not crossovers!
Transitional Skating
Great work this week in all of your skating. You must get lower and maintain your speed when changing direction. A good wide stance with your skates and deep knee bend will also help you maintain your speed and power. Work on your edge control throughout all of your skating as this is also key to control. Make sure that you continue to understand that your head and stick can help you lead the change of direction. Always learn all ways to transition so you are not a predictable skating and hockey player alike!
Foot Speed
Alway work hard on your first three steps. You have the ability to be a very fast skater and show that you know how to use your first three steps now you have to be more consistent with it. During practices is where you can really work on this all the time. At the beginning of every drill sprint out of the line so you get the reps and become more consistent. Remember the faster you are from a flat footed stance will give you more chance to win the 50/50 puck races.

RMHS Puck Skills

Keep your head up and learn to feel the puck on your stick blade. Ultimate control is in the middle of your stick blade. However learn to handle the puck on all parts of your stick blade including the heal of the blade. Maintain a heads up thought process when stick handling as you never want to lose vision on-ice. Stickhandle daily off-ice 20 to 30 minutes to help improve on-ice faster.
Puck Protection
Remember to keep a low stance on your inside edges with skates shoulder width apart to stay strong versus your opponent. Puck Protection is a way to create time and space for you and your teammates and take away time and space from your opponent. This is also an example of playing with patience versus panic with the puck. You can use puck protection along the wall and in the open ice.
Work on receiving the puck. You need to cup the puck in order to catch it with control. You need to have soft hands, give a little, especially when catching a hard pass. Not all passes are on your stick. We need to work on catching bad passes, good players will catch any pass they can reach. The skill of catching passes is just as important as the skill of throwing them.
Vision is so important to maintain when playing hockey. Do not get caught puck watching! When you do not have the puck on your stick it is your job to make sure that your field of vision allows you to see the whole ice surface. When you scan the ice with vision you will be able to give yourself more time to make quicker decisions. The quicker you can make decisions the better of a hockey player you will become.
Shooting Wrist Shot
Work on follow through. You need to end by rolling your wrists over and pointing toe of blade at target. Correct repetition is key. Practice shooting off ice. Always practice with correct form. Always keep your head up and look at target.
Shooting Snap Shot
Work on weight transfer. Shot begins with weight on back leg. As you move puck forward, shift your weight to your front leg. Also, bring back hip and back shoulder forward for added force. The shifting of your weight forward towards target will increase your power and your accuracy.
Shooting Backhand
Work on weight transfer. Shot begins with weight on back leg. As you move puck forward, shift your weight to your front leg. Also, bring back hip and back shoulder forward for added force. The shifting of your weight forward towards target will increase your power and your accuracy.
Shooting Slap Shot
Work on weight transfer. Shot begins with weight on back leg. As you move puck forward, shift your weight to your front leg. Also, bring back hip and back shoulder forward for added force. The shifting of your weight forward towards target will increase your power and your accuracy.

RMHS Game Play

Offensive Play
Always take a look around the ice surface when playing. Learn to have the vision and anticipation and always know what you are going to do next. Create offense with speed both with and without the puck. Basic skating skills like changing direction are the key to helping you be more dynamic as a player in the offensive game. Use the boards to create more offense with puck. Be sure to communicate with your teammates to be a more affective teammate. Puck protection is the key to creating more time and space for you and your teammates and taking time and space away from your opponent.
Defensive Play
Defense is not only in the defensive zone. You can have more of a defensive mindset in all three zones. Always having ice awareness and good hockey vision is key. Stay strong on your stick when battling versus an opponent wether in the open ice or along the boards. Stay strong on your skates and always think when you are in your defensive zone you want to keep your opponent defensive side to your net. What this means is you want to place your body between the net and the opponent so when they do get the puck you are in a better position.
Ice Awareness
Maintain vision by simply looking around when you get on the ice for games and practices. It is almost best to think of it as turning the game into slow motion when you are looking around the ice. Learn to find where you teammates are on the ice surface at all times. Also when handling the puck we need to keep your heads up and maintain vision so we can see the ice to the best maximum of our ability.
Team Play
Learning all your systems and concepts that you are taught over the course of a camp or in your hockey season is an example of being a great team player. Keep in mind that not only learning them but playing them. Take the hit or sacrifice your body to make a play is another example of how you can be a better team player. The best team players are not only good with the puck but even better without the puck. Be sure to keep positive communication open both on and off-ice with your teammates.
Why would you want to be like all the other players? Exactly you do not! This is how you can make the difference from the others you play with and against. CREATIVITY! It is always to get a good fundamental by learning how others perform skills wether it is how they skate, how they shoot, or how they make a move around the opponent. Once you see it is now your turn to add some of your own creativity to this and make it your own. The best players are in the world are always making themselves better by thinking outside the box versus inside the box.
Competitive Spirit
You display a great enthusiasm for the game of hockey both on and off-ice. You seem to bring the others around you to a new level of effort and attitude. Always stay positive with everything you do and encourage others to be better. Remember the key is to be better than the last day. Be the Best you can Be!
Physical Play
Knee bend is the key to balance and stability with everything you do on the ice. Think of your knees like a spring. When you make body contact on an opponent you do not want to be fully extended with your knees as you are now tall and limber and will lack balance. The key is to stay lower than your opponent and out muscle them. Also work on strengthening your edges as this will give you more balance and strength both along the wall and in the open ice. The key is to maintain leverage when you are trying to separate the opponent from the puck. REMEMBER - Never hit an opponent from behind or that could create an injury potential!
Hockey IQ
Paying attention all the time when the coach is talking and trying your best to work on what they are talking about is one of the first steps to becoming a smarter hockey player. Watching the best players on the ice and their habits or how they perform is another great way to become a smarter player. Always ask questions if you are not sure what is going on or step to the back of a line in a drill and watch the other players perform the drill first. The best way to improve your hockey IQ is to study the game at higher levels and be a student of the game.

RMHS Intangibles

Coachability is the key to improvement. Stay focused on your task hand and always ask questions. You show a tremendous amount of desire to get better and be sure to work hard and push yourself.
Be The Best You can Be - Be Better than the Last time you were on the ice!
Will to Improve
You displayed the want to get better all week. This is key to improvement. Paying attention, staying focused, and giving full attention are all important to improve in everything you do. Hard work, effort, and attention are some of the most important keys to the quickest improvement. There is so much to learn to become the best hockey player. Sports are a game of mistakes, it is natural to make mistakes, those of us who learn and get better from our mistakes will be the ones who excel the quickest!
Consistency is one of lives hardest task. You will find that you have to get into a routine in other parts of your life to become consistent throughout everything else you do. Example, getting up and making your bed, keeping a clean room, helping out daily around the house. If you do this in your personal life it will help you be more consistent as an athlete as well. This is something you can strive for as a student as well. Become more or a routine player by establishing what you do right and wrong on the ice. Know both your strength and weaknesses as a player and continue to work on them daily on and off-ice.
Not all players are what we consider born leaders. However some players that do not like to talk much on or off ice like to work hard and can lead by example which is great! You can be a more of an effective player and leader if you do open the lines of communication with your teammates and coaches. A quiet or shy player off-ice does not have to be the same on-ice. Learn to change gears when you get on the ice surface.

RMHS Off-Ice

Good work this week. Continue to work on your agility, balance, and core to improve your athleticism. You have great potential and a good start of what it takes to be a dedicated hockey player. Stay dedicated in getting better each day and keep working hard off the ice!
Effort Level
You displayed tremendous effort this week at camp. The extra effort is what creates a great player and great teammates. Keep up the intensity and effort in all aspects of the game. Continue to strive at maximal effort and influence those around you to do the same.
You always stepped up the plate this week at camp. Your participation could always be counted on. You were eager and willing to learn. Participating constantly will allow you to consistently learn and grow as a player, teammates and overall athlete.
Athleticism improves as you develop and grow. You have great athleticism and it will continue to help your game as you develop. Keep working hard and recognize your strengths and weaknesses.
Good work this week. You showed great ability with your conditioning. Continue to work on this area to help with your on ice performance. Work on sprints, agility drills, and long distance conditioning. Work on getting quicker and being able to do a drill or exercise longer than usual (Run 1 mile, next week 2 miles). Keep working hard and having fun with conditioning.
Quickness is an important aspect of hockey. As you continue to grow and develop, train for quickness. Your first step, explosiveness, and power will allow your game to develop to the next level. Keep working hard and with focus and training your quickness will allow you to develop into a powerful skater.
Good work this week. You have a good base of strength, but need to continue developing in this area. Work on body weight exercises (pushups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, etc.) and challenge yourself by setting goals to beat. You will see drastic changes on and off the ice if you continue to work on your strength. Keep working hard and have fun getting better!


RMHS Off-Ice
Bryan Smith:
Joe, Nice job in dryland this week! You did a great job working on your speed, agility, and learning some new movements. I hope you had fun and take the tools you learned to keep improving your game. As you continue to grow and develop, focus on working on your movement patterns (body mechanics) and coordination. If you ever have any questions regarding a training program feel free to contact me. Jaxson, it was a pleasure working with you at camp. You worked hard every time you touched the ice. I think the biggest thing for you to work on is your skating. When you are skating you need to bend your knees more, keep your head and chest up, and get a full extension and full return with your stride. You do a good job with the head and chest, but can get much lower in your stance, and that is the big thing, staying low. It will help you stay balanced, make you tougher to knock off the puck, and give you more power at the full extension. Overall it was a good camp for you, and I look forward to seeing your improvement in the future.

-Coach Vladan