– Hey everyone, I want to talk
to you a little bit today about taking face-offs
in sledge hockey. It’s a great skill to have. A lot of players, I find, are just doing
the same old thing. So, we’re gonna
show you a couple different techniques today. One of the first
things you wanna do before you get into the draw is if you are the center man, you always wanna communicate
with your defenseman and the rest of
your line, if you can, where you’re planning to
pull that puck back to. But beyond that,
your focus is on what’s the other player doing and what technique do I
want to use to win that draw. So a couple things to
consider in sledge hockey is how do you wanna line
up in relation to the ref and in relation to
your other player and is your other player
a double amputee or does have legs and how that factors
into both their skill and their technique and
yours and how you wanna use that to your advantage. So, for example, a couple things I’m gonna think about
first are that: At all times, if I can,
I’d rather line up facing the referee so I can
watch his hand and his elbow, versus if he’s behind me, I
not only have to deal with viewing the puck drop differently
but because in sledge hockey when you’re trying to win a draw, you’re gonna want to
choke up on your stick. My picks can end up hitting
his shin pads or his legs. And then, depending
on how he’s standing and how the draw happens,
I could end up hitting is leg and that interferes with
me trying to win the draw. So, in most cases,
like, if this was… I’m in my defensive
zone right now, it’s always gonna
happen that the ref’s gonna line up the outside, which is to my benefit, and I can line up with
my back to the net and I’m gonna want to think
about a few things such as: Am I gonna want
to win the draw under the front of my
sled or behind me? And what is this player doing? So, if this player,
depending on how I know what
his skill level is like, if he’s really strong on
draws or weak, for example, a lot depends on style, is do I wanna face opposite
to where he’s lined up? Or do I wanna face
shoulder-to-shoulder? ‘Cause there are
different techniques. If I’m facing opposite to him, as I try to scoop
the draw back to me, he’s gonna be
doing the same. So, our sticks are gonna collide. They’re gonna be
apart, collide. And then it’s more
about strength, can overpower him to go under or can I draw the puck back,
off of his blade, behind me to my winger or defenseman. And if I feel I can’t win
against him that way, I’m gonna want
to pivot my body. So that I’m lining up with
him shoulder-to-shoulder. And then, in this case, I’m not think about playing
against him in a scoop. Either I’ll try and get
there before he does or another technique is,
I’ll try and punch his hand out of the circle, like,
as the ref drops the puck. I’m gonna punch his hand
before the puck hits ice and then I’ll have a
clean draw back. So think about if you wanna line up
opposite to your player or beside him and how
your strengths play as opposed to his strengths. Now, if I’m lining up
against, opposite to him, pretty simple,
is that, you wanna choke up on your stick. You know, a lot of players,
when they’re taking face-offs, they’ll be sitting here and they’ll have their
hand in a position where they would normally
just receive a pass, about three-quarters of the
way down the stick. You wanna get to the
bottom of the blade which is near the heel,
or even more, I can get a quarter of
the way into the blade so I have maybe only about
six or eight inches showing. And then I can just focus
on more strength and leverage getting that puck
off of his stick. You’ll also want to
protect your fingers. So, it’s real easy to end up
getting your hands jammed by the end of your
opponent’s blade. So what you wanna do with your glove is,
I’m gonna want to basically, curl my
four fingers in first, and then I’m going to curl my glove of my… Curl the thumb of my
glove as well but then, I’m gonna use the thumb
to protect my fingers, so when I go in there,
if their blade’s going in hard, it’s hitting the thumb versus me going in
with an open hand and I can end up getting
the top of my fingers, either cut open or just
jammed really hard which hurts like hell. So, choke up on the stick. I’m gonna use my thump to
protect the rest of my fingers. And then, what I’ll do, not all players do, but if you’ve seen in other
drills, I’ll lean to the outside, plant my stick and then that
helps, again, me center myself down into the ice,
plant my core so I’m a lot stronger in my
position to win that draw. And then, I’m gonna think about,
either in front of me or behind me. The most simple way
to win a draw is just by going under your sled. You’re gonna have your
outside stick planted, I’m gonna lean
on my left blade as I’m taking a draw on the
inside with my right hand. And you’re just gonna win the
draw straight back to your D-man. Another way is I can think about, if I
want to win it behind me, I actually might position myself further towards the ref or so my hips are more
inline with the center. So that, when I win the draw, I can just go straight back but
I’m not gonna hit my blades. I don’t wanna go straight into
my blades, I wanna go behind me. Now, in this case, I’m drawing towards the net, so it’s not my most
ideal scenario there. However, if in this case,
the opponent was facing me and I knew I could win him
going in opposite directions, I’ll move forward, lean out, and then I can scoop it behind
me back into the corner. You also wanna think about where is your body positioned in relation to
that face-off circle. And how that can both be an
advantage and a disadvantage. So, if I want to,
for example, beat my opponent by simply punching his
hand out of the way, I might want to
get into the circle before he does so I can crowd the dot and
what I’ll do is, I’ll have my body and
legs lined up on the edge of the circle so that when I put
my stick down, my hand is already covering half of the circle and where he might line
up on the outside, I’ve got less distance to come and I can steal the face
-off that much easier. If I wanted to try and
just fight against him and leverage my
strength over his, I might leave more space so that I just know that
I’m gonna have to pull against his stick and I can just win by
using this range for my power to pull
him towards me where a puck, sometimes,
just get locked vertically between the two of your sticks and then I can just
muscle my way out. And as you’re doing that, if you’ve got your
outside hand planted, and I’m trying to just
muscle my way, I can lean and I’ll purposely pivot my body so I
have more leverage to pull the puck down
into the corner. So another thing to consider
when trying to win a draw is if you wanna just
tie up your man, especially if you
wanna kill the clock at the end of a game
or during a penalty. And so, when the
puck’s dropped, what you wanna do is,
essentially, fall over. And you don’t wanna fall
over on your guy and get… Your man and get
a holding penalty, but you’re gonna wanna fall
over so you can protect the puck and keep it cradled in
front of you and he’ll be here battling but by doing this, it’s in front of me. I can pull it in
towards my body and when it’s down here,
it’s hard to pull out. And depending on how this man plays the puck, if I want to play
the puck myself, as I’m down here
laying down, quick move ’cause
I gotta protect it, pull it up to my left hand. And win it back
to my D-man. It all depends on how that guy is, like, you don’t
wanna be laying down… For example, if you’re trying to
protect some pucks, and you get someone dirty,
they’ll be trying to like, just jab at you. You don’t wanna get a stick in the ribs. But just falling down,
protecting it, cradling it, pulling it in
towards your body. And then, depending if
you can create some space for that man or your
defenseman comes in, now you can get
control of the puck and keep going. Hopefully, those tips
will give you some confidence
in taking draws. It takes a lot of practice,
it takes a lot of strength. Focusing on having
a strong core when you’re planted
in the ice, focusing on a strong wrist and trying to predict what is
your opponent gonna do and what are your
strengths at, help you win some
draws in sledge hockey. Hey everyone, thanks
so much for tuning in. It means the world to me if you
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2 thoughts on “SLEDGE HOCKEY | HOW TO WIN FACEOFFS

  • December 5, 2018 at 8:40 pm
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    Thanks for all of these videos. Great for growing the sport and helping newer skaters learn essential skills specific to the sport.

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  • January 18, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    hey kevin, what kind of gloves do you suggest for sled hockey? i cant count how many pairs of gloves i have gone through in my years of playing! love your videos man they're really helpful

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