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Pregame Preparation

Best practices for pregame preparation in youth ice hockey games.

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Pregame Preparation

  1. 1. Game Preparation Neil Giarratana Coaching Director neil.giarratana@keenehockey.org
  2. 2. I don’t need to win. I only want to be ready to play.
  3. 3. Objectives • Prepare Physically • Focus Mentally • Maximize Value of the Time
  4. 4. Pre-Arrival
  5. 5. Pre-Arrival • Scenario Cards
  6. 6. Pre-Arrival • Scenario Cards • Objectives - What will we learn for this game?
  7. 7. Pre-Arrival • Scenario Cards • Objectives - What will we learn for this game? • Player specific goals / things to watch for
  8. 8. Pre-Arrival • Scenario Cards • Objectives - What will we learn for this game? • Player specific goals / things to watch for • Lineup cards for assistants
  9. 9. Pre-Arrival • Scenario Cards • Objectives - What will we learn for this game? • Player specific goals / things to watch for • Lineup cards for assistants • Review previous game video / notes
  10. 10. T-60: Game Plan
  11. 11. T-60: Game Plan • Video Walkthrough
  12. 12. T-60: Game Plan • Video Walkthrough • Systems Walkthrough
  13. 13. T-60: Game Plan • Video Walkthrough • Systems Walkthrough • Game Plan
  14. 14. T-45: Warm Up
  15. 15. T-45: Warm Up • Why • Builds Team Trust • Focuses Players • Warm Stiff Body Parts
  16. 16. T-45: Warm Up • Why • Builds Team Trust • Focuses Players • Warm Stiff Body Parts • How • Calisthenics / Plyometrics / Stretching Lines • Soccer Passing Circles - Follow Your Pass
  17. 17. T-35: Get Dressed
  18. 18. T-35: Get Dressed • Why • Time for Equipment Issues • Increase Heart Rate
  19. 19. T-35: Get Dressed • Why • Time for Equipment Issues • Increase Heart Rate • How • Silent Focus • Encourage Visualization
  20. 20. Hockey is about tempo and execution
  21. 21. T-15: Final Prep
  22. 22. T-15: Final Prep • 3 Points Max
  23. 23. T-15: Final Prep • 3 Points Max • No complex systems!
  24. 24. T-15: Final Prep • 3 Points Max • No complex systems! • Focus on us (not our opponent)
  25. 25. T-15: Final Prep • 3 Points Max • No complex systems! • Focus on us (not our opponent) • Save the RAH RAH speech
  26. 26. Game Time
  27. 27. Convince them it’s ok to be idiots “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy
  28. 28. Post Game
  29. 29. Post Game • Focus on Positive
  30. 30. Post Game • Focus on Positive • Reinforce the three points from pre-game
  31. 31. Post Game • Focus on Positive • Reinforce the three points from pre-game • Review upcoming schedule (show continuity)

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