Know where you stand

Know Where You Stand – Sports Testing

In Leadership by Jamie Hollins

Hockey is becoming, all about the numbers. To increase your numbers, goals, assists, speed, TOI and agility you must KNOW WHERE YOU STAND. Without knowing where you stand it is impossible to know how to accomplish your goals and be the best that you can be. This is true for both the individual player and a veteran GM or Coach that needs to improve their team. For years now, the top minor associations like the Toronto Marlboros and the Junior Leagues like the WHL, QMJHL and OHL along with numerous NHL and National teams have been monitoring their players and teams.  What they understood 5-6 years ago was the importance of data and the ability to utilize it for athlete predictability and coaching accountability. Currently they are reaping the reward for being ahead of the game. Years ago, the great minds of hockey came together to decide on what on-ice drills would be best to test for all ages and skill levels moving forward. They also chose to utilize technology and a global database for all data to land. By doing this, they are now able to compare apples to apples across the board as well as track players like Connor McDavid and PK Subban from when they were 14 to present. This data, as you can imagine, is priceless. For the individual, they can see their weaknesses and design a program or get a program designed for them to improve in the areas that are lacking. It may be straight speed, agility with puck or reaction, but analytics has proven that an improvement in any of these tests correlate to increasing your numbers across the board. For the Coach, they can analyze their teams’ results and adapt accordingly. In the junior leagues and the NHL they currently analyze the data for scouting purposes, salary cap and return to play protocols. As we know, in hockey, speed kills. This is true when you have the puck or not.  To know where you stand for straight speed, measure 30M on the ice and time yourself forward and backwards. The average times for a male pro player forwards would be 3.846 sec. and backwards would be 4.582 sec. In comparison, an 11 yr old AAA male would be 6.001 sec. forwards. Just like any sport, a 0.001 sec difference could be the difference between winning and losing. These drills along with the other 10 global standardized tests can really give you true insight into your abilities and allow you to create a path to your goals of becoming better as an individual or coaching others more efficiently. The hardware, software and global database utilized by the hockey world is a Canadian company that is based out of Toronto, ON.

For more information on testing or hockey analytics you can reach them at info@sporttesting.com or visit www.sporttesting.com .


About the Author
Jamie Hollins

Jamie Hollins

Founder and CEO of Sport Testing Inc. A professional strength coach by trade, author, speaker and a previous multiple athlete training facility owner, Jamie has been involved with all aspects of sports at all levels for over 20 years. Jamie continues to give back to the community by coaching minor hockey. Jamie@sporttesting.com

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