Hockey Alberta has developed in conjunction with Bjorn Kinding, one of the world’s best skill developing instructors, a new comprehensive checking skills course. In this course coaches attend a seven (7) hour course that reviews and educates them on the basic tools they require to teach:
- Review of basic lead up checking skills, skating, angling, body positioning
- How to body check.
- How to take a body check.
- Drills that implement these skills.
- Principals of respect for your opponent, sportsmanship and human values.
The clinic emphasizes basic checking skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem and an awareness of the checking process.
This course can be conducted as a five (5) hour day of classroom activity with a one (1) hour ice session and may also have one (1) hour of dry-land. At the conclusion of the course, the coaches have been educated in the proper teaching techniques while reinforcing the importance of awareness in leading minor-aged persons in a physical contact sport.
Who Should Attend?
It is required that all Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level head coaches attend. All coaches who are coaching Atom and above hockey players are recommended to attend the Checking Skills clinic. However, coaches at all levels are encouraged to attend.