For the founders at Sense Arena, it was important to create an environment that encouraged hockey players to develop their on-ice instincts within a controlled situation. When it comes to making quick decisions in a game situation, the possibilities are endless. Does a player pass the puck or shoot? Do they cycle down the boards or attempt a 1-on-1 escape? Do they break to open ice to create an outlet pass or drop in behind a puck-carrying teammate? Decisions can change depending on the team’s systems or the coach’s preferences, but at the end of the day talent and determination beats structure more often than not. This is the essence of hockey sense – making decisions that put the team in a better position to win the game.
The decision making drills used by Sense Arena create situations that range from common to unique, and they put the puck in the athlete’s hands to encourage them to make decisions. Hockey is a fast game that demands as much mental energy as it does physical performance. Within the virtual simulation, players can develop trends or modify their existing tendencies to shoot the puck more often, pass more often, or look to create chances out of situations they may not have previously considered. Specific 3-on-1 and 5-on-3 drills help hockey players make decisions that lead to offensive chances without the pressure of two points or parents in the crowd. Developing hockey sense through decision making at a young age will give hockey players a greater appreciation of the uniqueness of every play on the ice and increase the size of their mental toolbox.
This video includes:
- Teaching hockey sense with a focus on play around the net
- 3 on 1 and 5 on 3 drills in the area around the net
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