(heavy metal music) – Hey guys, it’s Jerry from How to Hockey with the Hockey Movement. And we are doing a stick handing series to give you a series of skills and drills to work on the fundamentals of stick handing and improve your game. Let’s get right to it. The skill that we’re
covering in this first video is the soft touch, also
known as dribbling. So this is the ability to control the puck with your head up and without
exerting too much effort. So you notice I’m not doing
too much with my hand here, but I’m still stick
handling with the puck. What we see in the beginner players is you’re doing too much going
down on the ice like this. Puck’s all over the place,
not very much control. So the first skill you want
to learn as a hockey player when it comes to stick
handling is a soft touch. So what are we looking
for with a soft touch? Number one, you have to make sure you’re holding the stick properly. If you want to check that out, I have a video for it right there. Won’t go into detail here. Number two, make sure you’re doing the proper things with your hands. So the bottom hand is there for support, you want a pretty loose grip on that and you talk and it’s actually
doing most of the work. So controlling the
blade with the top hand. What we want to do is not
move the puck too much so you don’t have to go wide like this. We just want to move it
about an inch on each side and you’re just touching it
with each side of your blade. So touch it with the back hand, forehand, back hand, forehand. It’s gonna look like this. Just nice soft touches on each side, controlling it, having those soft hands. And this is the basis of pretty much every stick handling move. And there’s no way that you
can get too good at this. No matter what level of hockey you play you can still practice this move. Look at guys like Patrick Kane,
he can do it lightning fast and that’s why he can be
separate from the puck. Because he can move so
quickly and fake so well by moving that top hand so quickly. So to get really good
hands, really smooth hands really work on the soft touch drill. I’m gonna give you a few drills to work on the soft touch skill. Number one, I just want
to do it stationary. So I stand still, have
above your knee bent, so you’re working that good hockey stance and work on the fundamentals
so just using the top hand. Now one thing to look
out for is to make sure you’re cupping the puck on the
back hand and the forehand. Really big problem with
beginner hockey players is they’ll cup it on
their forehand just fine cause that’s easy, but when
they bring the blade over then they have it still cupped. So we’re actually shoveling
it so you’re going cupping it, shoveling it, covering it, shoveling it. That’s gonna cause the puck
to come off your blade. And also the puck to flip up
when you’re stick handing. So you have to make sure
that you roll that top hand so you’re covering on the back hand. And a really easy way to remember this is to cup it on the front
and roll it out on the back. So if you can see, it’s almost like the puck is rolling out the back of my blade and I’m covering it here. So that’s an easy way to remember. To cup it on the forehand
and the backhand. For this drill, let’s just be stationary. A little bit of knee bend, and just see how many times
you can touch the puck without moving it too much. And you want to practice with your head up and your head down. When you first start you
could look at the puck, just to make sure you get that feel. But eventually you want
to be able to look up and still control the puck
like I’m doing right now. Now a really easy way to do
that is where you have the puck. So if you have the puck
in too close to your feet, you can see my hand is
right up against my hip. I’m gonna have to look down. You can’t see the puck in
your peripheral vision there, because you’re carrying
it too close to your body. All you have to do is get your
top hand away from your body and now when you look up you can still see the puck in
your peripheral vision. Really easy way to control the puck with your head up, while
you’re stick handling. Next drill, we’re still stationary. Remember that top hand
at the front of the body, knees bent, have that good hockey stance. Same thing just touching it, cupping it on the forehand
and the back hand. But now we’re gonna
work it around our body. So we’re gonna go to the side, and then in the front again,
then back to the side. So this is just working
on getting that control around your body. Not around the entire body to start, but just from side to side
sort of like a half moon. Controlling that puck. And the way to do this
is you’re just gonna roll that top hand a little bit
more while you’re moving here so you can see I can bring the puck there and now you’re gonna
roll it, the top hand, a little bit this way
each time to cup and puck as you bring it around from side to side. Now that we’re comfortable
controlling the puck in front of our body, we’re gonna work on doing it behind our body as well. So start with the puck in
front, still soft hands, you don’t want to move
the puck too much at once. You’re gonna all the way
around as far back as you can. And then bring it back the other way. Now the reason we’re doing this is because to be good with the puck, you
need to be able to control it around almost your entire body. And the reason is not that you’re gonna stick handle down the ice like that, but sometimes a puck gets lost back there. You get bad passes, you never know so the more areas you can control the puck around your body the better. For this drill, you can do
it while you’re skating. But you’re gonna go one, two, three, move it to your side, one, two, three. And you notice here I’m going from front to back not side to side. So one, two, three, from
the front one, two, three. And then this side, one, two, three. Also front to back here as well. So you can do that
while you’re stationary, also while you’re skating. This last drill is a classic. You just set up a row of
pucks as long as you want, the more pucks the better. And the tighter you have
those pucks together the harder it is to do. Really good way to work on your stick handling accuracy and speed. (hitting puck) Alright guys that’s it
for Soft Touch Drills. That’s the basic of all stick handling. You’ve got to be really be fast so soft touches can be deceptive and always have your hands moving. Always has to defend you’re thinking. What’s he gonna do next? So that’s one that you can really work on. Use your imagination and come up with some drills of your own. But those are a few that I recommend. If you’re looking for more
good stick handling drills, subscribe to the channel. We’re coming out with more videos just like this on a regular basis. We do new videos every week. Thanks for watching the video, I’ll see you in the next one. (heavy metal music)

Stickhandling Drills: 1 The Soft Touch
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53 thoughts on “Stickhandling Drills: 1 The Soft Touch

  • February 16, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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    The tip you gave about rolling the puck off the back of your blade is by far the best stick handling tip for any hockey player. I'd advise everyone to work on that technique and you'll see immediate results.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 6:03 pm
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    Can you show us a video on how to pass other players like defence men? LOVE UR VIDEOS your awesome

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  • February 16, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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    Watch the grammar nazis come marching in…

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  • February 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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    Very good drill ideas. Wish I had some ice where I am. It was mid 50's. yesterdays. Still, I got tons of pucks so I can use the stick handling ball and use that between the pucks instead. Will start today.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm
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    Jeremy, could you please make a video/series about dusting the D

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  • February 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm
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    You just inspired me to get out today and play in -20 (with wind chill) weather and get dangled by some Jr. A and college players.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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    Great video, I will definitely work on these. Btw, love the hat.

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  • February 16, 2015 at 10:52 pm
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    nice duded and shared! 

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  • February 16, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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    Keep up the great work yall, love the stuff you put out.

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  • February 17, 2015 at 3:08 am
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    This doesnt have much to do with the video but do you prefer wax or non waxed laxes and what do you prefer too mid level players such as bantam and peewees

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  • February 17, 2015 at 3:52 am
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    What tips can you give a younger adult who's just getting into the sport about feeling discouraged? I went to a stick and puck today at a local arena and the place was full of kids who've obviously been playing since before they could walk and i felt like i couldn't do a thing so I got off the ice after 15 minutes. Any suggestions? I also didn't know the local schools were on break this week; so that probably played into this

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  • February 17, 2015 at 5:48 am
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    awesome backdrop buddy. wish we got weather like that down here

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  • February 17, 2015 at 6:43 am
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    Hi Jeremy My dream is to be a gollie bit i cant buy the GEAR what should i do

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  • February 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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    is 15 too old to start hockey?

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  • February 17, 2015 at 5:21 pm
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    Hahahaha the people in the background…fantastic.

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  • February 17, 2015 at 6:02 pm
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    Isn't your top hand awful close to your hip in some of those clips?

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  • February 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm
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    how did you get so good and what age did you start

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  • February 17, 2015 at 9:19 pm
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    Appreciate the stick handling tips! As a defense man having quick hands is actually very useful when your 1v1 deep in the defensive zone, thanks again!

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  • February 18, 2015 at 12:16 am
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    Can you please do a video on 1 on 1 deke tips

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  • February 18, 2015 at 1:20 am
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    Must have been minus 20 when this was filmed.  A true sense of the real Outdoor Classic.  Good introduction to stickhandling and lessons to learn. As always, a clear specific example of what can be taken to the ice for practice, practice and more practice.  The Kane reference puts the importance of the soft touch into perspective. 

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  • February 18, 2015 at 4:27 am
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    Lol at the people "walking" with skates on in the background. Good video though, thanks for tips.

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  • February 18, 2015 at 5:27 am
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    I was wondering what are good outdoor products for training. Also how to work on your speed and agility on rollerblades

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  • February 19, 2015 at 4:40 am
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    I am going to work on this. Thanks, Jeremy! I thought you might need a chiropractor at 3:58 but you handled it well.

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  • February 19, 2015 at 5:01 am
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    I wish I still lived where the lake was 40 feet away from my back door I was in a spot where the ice was very smooth and I would just go out there almost every single day

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  • February 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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    Hey, I normally use my right hand for writing e.t.c but i use a right stick for 5 years. i was never aware of what each hand was supposed to do before your videos and sadly, i realized that i use my bottom hand for twisting the stick what do you suggest? Teach my top hand(which is left ) to do the right thing or get used to a left stick ? i think getting used to a left stick would be really challenging. By the way. Thanks your videos help a lot. 

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  • February 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm
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    Great tip about the top hand doing most of the work. I see a lot of the kids I train having a bottom dominate hand when stick handling. Hard to get them to understand the concept, but once they do it makes a world of difference.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm
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    I have a green biscuit as well as a roller puck which would be better for a tiled basement

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  • February 27, 2015 at 1:28 am
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    moveing lol

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  • March 1, 2015 at 12:11 am
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    Congratulations Jeremy!!!!!!!!
    Seen the commercial. Great job!!!

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  • March 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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    it would be awesome to do it with the eggs like in the mighty ducks lol

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  • March 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm
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    Come on Jeremy a good Canadian boy never mentions the weather 😉

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  • April 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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    You are awesome

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  • April 12, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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    How quiet should I be when stickhandling? I find that I can hear my stick hitting the ground when I stickhandle even though I'm trying to roll my wrists as much as I can.

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  • July 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm
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    This is a great video! Within a day of practicing I've already had major progression! I've had much quicker hands and don't hardly ever lose the puck!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 10:07 am
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    Cannot put into words how grateful I am for you guys doing all these awesome videos. I'm 23 years old and in grad school, but I LOVE HOCKEY. Since obviously there aren't many opportunities as a 23 year old beginner to join any teams or get coaching time, I ended up joining an adult development league. Your videos have helped me drastically and I always train at home or whenever Im on the ice. Unfortunately I'm from New York, and not the area with too many outdoor hockey rinks, so Im really confined strictly to the indoor ice rink. However, with your help I have drastically improved my overall gameplay. Thank you guys very much. You guys are really doing an awesome job.

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  • December 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm
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    You like that Colt don't ya?

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  • June 24, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    Around 4:00 mark………..what is that in the background because that is not skating….

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  • August 12, 2016 at 12:59 am
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    thanks for the help coach Jeremy!

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  • December 31, 2016 at 6:07 am
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    The lady in the background at 1:41 is probably the best skater I've ever seen she's so fast and she's definitely skating correctly

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  • January 2, 2017 at 1:48 am
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    great video, but my favourite part is the two skating in the background.

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  • May 7, 2017 at 2:06 am
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    Thanks Jeremy This Helped So Much When I Talk To People about this I will give you all the credit Keep Up the good work 😀

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  • August 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm
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    thanks coach jeremy another beauty!

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  • September 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    I love how much effort coach puts into hiding the fact that he's freezing his ass off

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  • September 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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    awesome advice

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  • November 10, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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    1:33 def not from Canada

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  • December 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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    Great tips! Keep them coming

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  • May 29, 2018 at 12:14 pm
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    Tourists from Florida in the background?

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  • June 9, 2018 at 11:40 am
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    https://youtu.be/PhlwThCEbsU

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  • September 2, 2018 at 11:34 pm
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    Move plus-ing equals moving. Great videos!!!

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  • October 11, 2018 at 4:14 am
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    lmao when he does the example of the bad stick handler i just abuot died laughing ahaha so accurate

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  • November 1, 2018 at 11:15 pm
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    I'm distracted by the girl in the back… she's better than i am LOL

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  • February 3, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    What is that tape job lol

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  • March 10, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    i hate you):

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