How could i use this to build into my trainings?
Applying the resource to training as it currently is, is best looked at like LEGO® blocks.
You could choose to focus on one skill, or you could combine multiple skills together that flow from one onto the other e.g. Ball carry - Pass - Receipt - shot on goal type skill.
If you have coaching experience you could build your trainings any order you like that flows from one to the next well.
The video below shows an example of stitched together items.
Who should use it?
Anyone wanting to develop skills: Schools, clubs, individuals, parents, associations, academies. We aim for volunteer coaches to benefit in a big way.
We believe this resource would be the aid to coaches and teachers to increase their time efficiency. Instead of spending field time explaining the skill you want to work on and worrying about completing a demonstration, this resource means you could get this visual information and demonstrations to your players before the training i.e. send the players the link to “watch <Skill X and Y>” because you will practice that today, or use your computer/tablet to show them the 30 second video examples on the field.
You can then spend time that normally would be spent introducing the skill, on feedback and improvements instead.
Why are there levels?
A key purpose of this tool is to bring information to you on what is being done around the world and build you or your players up to being able to do it.
What we have done with our inventory of skills is firstly to break down the learning steps that players go through, and then layer those skills in levels from starting off through to skills that need some experience and practice.
As an example, for the ball carrying category the first ‘Introduction level’ example is picking up a stick, and in the end at ‘Level 5’ 3D skills and deceptive skills are then prominent.
Which Payment System is used?
We use a secure credit card payment system called 'Stripe', which is a competitor and similar in operation to Paypal, Stripe have high focus on information safety which is a top concern of ours.
To match requirements of places with larger participant numbers, we are able to arrange for other payment options and terms. If you that would be you, please contact us for details.
What's the step by step process for getting started?
Step 1: Get some hockey gear
Step 2: Click the 'Register' option found on the web page menu.
Step 3: Complete the sign in process, choosing the level or package that you need. Kids need a parent with a credit card or the parents permission.
Step 4: Receive sign in details in email confirmation and sign in.
Step 5: Observe and practice the skills. Progressing through the difficulty levels at your speed.
Step 6: Try and complete the challenges.
Step 7: Work your way through completing all of the available skills and challenges.
Am I locking myself into a certain period of time?
We hope that you feel like you receive value for money, considering the price of hockey coaching and the scope of the information contained inside this resource.
There is no set period that you must be a member for and so you can cancel your membership at anytime in your profile information.
May I please have a step by step breakdown of the skill?
The idea behind the 30 second videos, is that they are short, and show what they need to show without being too long. Our concept is build to support knowledge growth from zero to high and from inbetween by the organisation of these 30 second clips.
Our philosophy is to get the fundamentals right first though, and so there are longer ‘how to…’ videos as the first video in each major skill tree taking care of grip positions etc.
After introduction via these longer how to videos, we want people to adopt a similar style like how skaters learn. That they see what is possible, pay attention to what is happening and then try to replicate it (or hopefully, do it better). Hopefully making a deeper and more varied learning process than ‘follow these steps to the perfect swing’ because we don’t think that is best fitted to hockey and we want to leave room for individual style.
As an example, take a look at the way the legend Stacy Michelson dribbles. What if her youth coach didn't accept her way of dribbling and drilled her into being orthodox? Maybe NZ hockey wouldn't have had one of the worlds' best and now most capped New Zealand female in their team. We can now see this skill is taught by coaches and is a fundamental element underlying 3D skills exciting strikers use (see Chris Rühr).