You probably won’t need the list of 5 best off ice hockey drills if you play in the NFL, but that’s probably not the case at this moment. If you’re looking to improve your game while you’re not on the ice, these are some of the best off ice hockey drills to try out. You can have the convenience of not having to hit the ice, but you can also improve your skills.
- One of the best off ice hockey drills to try out is the “Obstacle Course.” This can even be done indoors if you have a big enough room with hard flooring. Set up an arrangement of objects in a relatively small space using household items. You can lean other hockey sticks up against thing so you have something to pass the ball under. Try to be as creative as possible with your setup so that you can create interesting challenges and setups. Spend time maneuvering the ball throughout and under the obstacles. Focus on speed and precision as well.
- The “Soccer Ball Pass” is great for working on multitasking as well as dexterity. This is one of the off ice hockey drills where finding a fellow player is also essential. Grab a stick and a ball, and have your friend grab both too. Stand about 10-15 feet away from each other, and begin stick handling by yourselves. While stick handling, begin passing a soccer ball back and forth to each other while continuing to stick handle. To successfully continue to stick handle and keep passing the soccer ball, use other parts of your body to keep the soccer ball going while also focusing on stick handling.
- Try “Quick Hands” out to improve speed and control over the ball/puck. Use cups or other small objects, and line them up in a straight line, equally spaced apart from each other about 1-2 feet. Next, it will be up to you to move the ball in weaving action in and out of the obstacles by rolling your wrist. Be sure to lightly touch the ball so that you don’t send the ball soaring away from the obstacles.
- To become stronger on your skates during physical contact and to increase control on the ice, try out the “Balance Boards” drill. To complete this drill, you will need two thick, wooden boards about a foot and a half in length. Lay the first board on the ground, and lay the second on top but pointed at a 90 degree angle from the first. In simple terms, you should have created a plus sign with the two boards. Stand on the top board with one foot on each side of the bottom, and balance yourself so that the top board is not leaning to either side. Take a stick and a ball and begin stick handling while continuing to balance yourself on the boards. Out of all of the off ice hockey drills, you will probably feel the most straining through your legs and torso with this one.
- The “Single Leg Hop” is one of the great off ice hockey drills for balance and coordination. Try hopping on one foot while stick handling with a ball. Continue to do this for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, and then switch to your other foot.