August 10th, 2010, 11:17 PM #1
Training DVD/book recommendations
Just wondering if there are any book or DVD recommendations on playing hockey. If I go to Borders or wherever, there isn't the best selection of reading material on hockey. What IS available is usually stuff regarding drills or just generalities about the game.
Yeah, most of us live in California, so I guess this is to be expected, but I'd like to see something a bit more detailed or extensive. Systems. Strategies. I'm a d-man, so it'd be nice to see something specific to defensemen, but I know there are plenty here who play and might also benefit from good books or DVDs.
I figure there are enough people here from Canada, Europe and the East Coast that we might be able to get a decent list of recommended viewing and reading.
August 13th, 2010, 03:54 PM #2
Two Words (or is it one?)
No joke I just picked up the sport a year ago and have watched HUNDREDS of youtube videos about shooting, skating, gameplay.
Then I did open skating sessions for about 3 months, then I asked permission to join the the over 40 pickup (which they will usually let you do if your a beginner)
August 13th, 2010, 04:12 PM #3
Look up posts by 'headcoach' on hfboards, he's got great advice for any skill level and any question.
Hockey Tips and Hockey Drills also has good videos for tips on various skills.
Like KingsWord said, Youtube is a great resource as well.
One video I found particularly good and sent to the players I normally play with was this one:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TQdDiaf1jA"]YouTube- The Canadians: A Defensive Positional Breakdown v1.5[/ame]
This playlist looks promising as well: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
I doubt you're going to find much print on the details of hockey, but the internet will more than suffice.
Last edited by Lososaurus; August 13th, 2010 at 04:16 PM.
August 14th, 2010, 02:04 PM #4
I used to own ~12 hockey instruction DVDs. I watched them dozens of times, but have since sold them all on Ebay. Why?
a) You have to be incredibly disciplined to get anything out of them. You have to memorize these drills (or bring a portable DVD player/laptop) and perform them methodically at sticktime. Most people aren't disciplined enough to do that and will fall into peer pressure and just shoot at the net or play blueline-in pickup at sticktime.
b) There is NO substitute for sticktime + professional coaching. If you can't afford your own coach 1-on-1 (was ~$80/hr a few years ago when I last played seriously), then get a small group together (4-6 bodies total) and share the cost.
That said, any videos that deal with dry-land stickhandling drills (do @ home w/o carting a laptop out to the rink & no peer pressure to do what others are doing) are worthwhile. USA Hockey has some free on YouTube.
The Sean Skinner stickhandling DVDs are good, too, but are 80% ice, 20% dry land. Some of his stuff can be found on YouTube, too.
Last edited by beingbobbyorr; August 14th, 2010 at 02:07 PM.