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24 // JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM PHOTO BY USA Hockey Magazine Archives pass back and forth while contin- uously moving between the blue line and the red line. Start with all forehand passes, then go to all back hand passes and finish with saucer passes. Have the other half of the team play 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 below the dots. In order to shoot, they have to make at least one pass. One goalie is in the game, the other is in the neutral zone, doing skating drills or working on basic fundamental save techniques with another play- er. Half way through the warm-up, switch the groups. • Divide the team in half, have the pucks below the goal line on both sides. Two offensive player are waiting outside the blue line. One player gets a puck and passes it to the two offensive players. The passer become the defenseman and tries to deny the shot. • Rule #1. Defensemen can't skate backward. • Rule #2. Offensive players h ave to st ay on t hei r side o f t h e i c e . N o t h i n g o v e r t he r oy a l r o a d . W ho e v er sho ot s t hen go e s t o get a new puck and passes to the o t h e r s i d e a n d b e c o m e s the defensemen. As a country, we continue to help o u r s p o r t e v o l v e . M a k e s u r e w e remember that just because we have always ran pregame warm-up one way, doesn't mean that is the best possible environment for our players. Be creative, ask the players what they would like and have fun with every aspect of our game. P Phil Osaer is the manager of goaltending for the American Development Model. Be creative, ask the players what they would like and have fun with every aspect of our game. T he bu z z er go e s , w a r m-up s are over, goalies at both ends give a sigh of relief that they sur v ived the mu ltiple-shot madness we call pregame warm-up. We can all picture it. Players excit- ed for the ga me, a ll lined in a cor- ner, where one sk ates to t he blue line, receives a pass from a player in the other corner then loops in and shoots 'bar down.' The passer, who now became the shooter, is right on his heels and he too riff les the puck at the net. This ritual goes on for a couple minutes, usually each player touching the puck two times, while the goalies scramble around trying to 'get warmed up.' Coaches every where are improv- i ng how t hey r u n pr ac t ice, a nd it shows i n t he qua lit y of t he ga me. Now, let 's ta ke that approach w ith how we help goa l ie s t o w a r m-up before a game. Removing Some Myths • Goalies do not need a ton of shots in a short span to get warmed up. • A five-minute warm-up at the youth level should not mimic an NHL warm-up. • Goalies need some shots at their pads to get warmed up is a false rumor that goalies made up so (we) didn't have to move. (Goalies have tricked the hockey world for generations, knowing we were ready to play before the game and we just didn't want to take a puck off the collar bone. Today's goal- ies are more athletic, smarter and better equipped hockey players who deserve better.) Two Ideas To Try • Divide the team into two groups. Have one group partner up and 1 2 O F F W I N G Get More Out Of Pre-Game Warm-ups g By Phil Osaer 3 B E Y O N D T H E X ' S A N D O ' S

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