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June 18, 2018

Edge Mechanics with Corson and Karlsson

Edge Mechanics with Corson and Karlsson

In this video, Jason Yee compares the young stud, Corson Searles, to NHL star Eric Karlsson.

He identifies the edge mechanics that separate the two players and how Corson can better learn to utilize his edges.

To see uninterrupted highlights of Patrick Kane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNlSryNpWUg

Patrick Kane’s Goal Scoring Formula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUIMqe5Ipuc&t=42s

To see Corson’s Hockey Journey: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdhvyNlEe_q4jaIsXBZb1w
To see Corson’s Instagram: @corsonsearles

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– Jason

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June 18, 2018

1on1 Camp with Pavel Barber

1on1 Camp with Pavel Barber

A few weekends back, Jason and Pavel took to the ice to run there high-level 1on1 skills camp, (Barber: forwards Jason: Defense). The video we shot (above) is a “Day in the life” during our 3-day 1on1 camp. We shared information and looked to innovate together. Collaboration and competition together. Catch a little lifestyle. Catch some tidbits. And hopefully you enjoy the music.

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– Jason

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June 18, 2018

The Next Skating Paradigm: Mathew Barzal

The Next Skating Paradigm Mathew Barzal

Barzal turned the league on its head – as a rookie! And he doesn’t do it with pushes or powerful strides…no. It’s with his mastery of the arc. Of getting edges into the ice and using the rocker of the blade plus his mass displacement to skate faster with less effort.

In this video, Jason gives you an introduction into the game-changing skating technique that only a few elite NHL players use – The Downhill Skating System!

Listen to the Train 2.0 Show Podcast: anchor.fm/train2point0show

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– Jason

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June 1, 2018

Secret To Receiving Passes At Speed – Hidden Asymmetries In Hockey

 

The secret to receiving passes at speed isn’t to improve your hands. It’s to improve your footwork and patterning. You get way more OPTIONS when you take certain routes. And those routes are NOT higher risk. I call this a hidden asymmetry.

The pattern that elite players like Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby use involves picking the puck up on an arc. This means that as a pass comes to them, they will lean onto the edge of one of their skates and make a slight turn.

There are likely several reasons for this arc (slight turn) in the ice like throwing off the defenders angle, reducing tension in the body, creating an angular attack, etc. Whatever the reason for this asymmetry, you will notice that it occurs extremely often with the elite NHLers when they receive the puck with speed.

Keep an eye out for this asymmetry in the next NHL game you watch. You might just start noticing it happen everywhere.

Listen to the Train 2.0 Show Podcast: anchor.fm/train2point0show

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– Jason

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May 23, 2018

Finding Ice In Whistler With Pavel Barber

Finding Ice In Whistler With Pavel Barber

What do hockey players do for fun when they aren’t at the rink practicing their craft? When they’re not at the gym grinding out a heavy workout? They spend there extra time searching for new and exciting locations to practice some more! That’s just how your mind works when you love the game as much as we do.

That’s why Pavel Barber, Zack Wear, Andrew Ross and I went on an adventure to find ice to skate on in Whistler, BC. The idea was to film some training videos. Finding ice didn’t work out… but we had fun along the way. We had a few drinks, told a few stories and had a few laughs. It was a great old time with some great guys. Here is our journey as documented by Andrew Ross.

Andrew Ross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX7ksYk_ooo8uKDwsumvjyw
@lookitsross

Pavel Barber: https://www.youtube.com/user/MindPuckHandler
@heybarber

Zach Wear: https://ift.tt/2kieLip
@alchemygoaltending

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– Jason

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May 20, 2018

Double Your Zone Entry like Patrick Kane

Double Your Zone Entry like Patrick Kane

In this video, Corson explains the two zone entry patterns that Patrick Kane uses to increase optionality and double his team’s scoring chances. He covers how anyone can use this zone entry pattern to improve their odds of success without improving skills.

He explains that the key to doubling your zone entry is repeating similar patterns that create high levels of optionality. That is why Kane repeats two different entry points that he uses to enter the offensive zone.

Option one – enter wide and cut in towards the middle of the ice. By cutting in, he gives himself several options: he can cut back towards the boards, he can pull the puck out and drive wide to the net, he can take the defenseman on and beat him with a dangle, he can cut across the middle and make a play, and several more options.

Option 2 – enter between the dots. If the opposing team challenges before the blueline line, he passes the puck across to a teammate out wide. If the defenders give the line, he slows down, aims to pull one or two defenders towards the middle, then pass the puck wide to a teammate who has speed and room to drive the net.

These two zone entry patterns are a big part of what makes Patrick Kane so successful when he enters the zone. Try these patterns for yourself and feel the optionality as they help you double your zone entry success.

To see uninterrupted highlights of Patrick Kane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNlSryNpWUg

Patrick Kane’s Goal Scoring Formula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUIMqe5Ipuc&t=42s

To see Corson’s Hockey Journey: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdhvyNlEe_q4jaIsXBZb1w
To see Corson’s Instagram: @corsonsearles

To see how I record these videos: https://ift.tt/1zAb4CX
The mic I use: https://ift.tt/2IxbMwM

 

May 14, 2018

How to Shoot Like Panarin – Training Footage

How to Shoot Like Panarin – Training Footage

Watch as I breakdown how to shoot like Panarin. I compare Panarin’s in-game footage to my own training footage – analyzing it from the perspective of a kinesiologist. Like you, I’m learning. And I’m documenting the process because I know how this plays out.

What I learned in this video is that timing the foot and release is important to get the same snap as Panarin. I’m also searching for why I kick my leg so high, but he keeps his lower. My thought is that this relates to his preference for rotation – whereas my patterning is used to pushing. Something for me to dive deeper into – and uncover.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, feedback, suggestions. Please email me at [email protected] or DM me at @train2point0 because I’d love to hear from you.

– Jason

PS. If you want to do a live training with Train 2.0. you can click this link here to get FREE access

April 13, 2018

Decoding Darryl Belfry

I was asked to decode this Twitlonger Tweet from Darryl Belfry. Read his original post with my comments alongside it.

I am presented with one of those “if I had to do it over again” situations. I’m going to share with you what some of the key pieces I’ll do different, to hopefully give you some insight that may help you with your respective teams.

This year, with my daughter’s hockey training group, I have a chance to go back in time with concentrated development time with this age group 11-13 year olds. It’s exciting because, the last time I was in this age group, we had some special special talents. However, I was a kid training kids. Which had it’s value, but I look at this situation as a chance to put in action all those lessons learned.

The following are the four cornerstone pieces, we are currently putting into place.

1. Way back when, I did edges and balance to start every session, however, it was the same set of edges and balance. This time around, we will open ever session with edges, balance and weight shift (weight shift was something we added later when we did this before – now it is front and center) and the development track will be progressive and have specific stages of proficiency I want to hit.

Progressive Development Track with specific stages of proficiency. This sounds like Belfry is going from a reps for reps sake model to a minimum requirements model. There is acceptance criteria for each stage that the players must meet. I assume a player is assigned extra work if they do not meet those requirements at the same time as their teammates.

2. Practice habits was frankly a differentiator for me years ago, I was about as demanding for effort as there was and had the benefit of strong horses to pull the group. I graded my practices by pace, ice management and work:rest ratio. This time around, the effort demand will be there but I’m excited to carve out more “true teaching” moments. Steal a page from the way I work with my private pro clients – focus on feel-based learning principles and a sharper demand for personal commitment to technical excellence.

True teaching moments? Contrasted with high effort? Does that mean that previous practices were high effort without “true teaching moments”? It sounds like Belfry’s definition of “true teaching” moments includes feel-based learning principles and more technical detail. I call feel-based learning principles “Feel Your Body Learning”. My methodology is to introduce new movements as a “Movement Experiment”, then ask players how it feels. I ask them to constantly compare movement hypotheses with their own trust in their body to see what feels better over time. In contrast, most coaches tell a player what to do, and that’s the end of the discussion. Ignoring how it feels for a player. In my experience, players who do “movement experiments” and pay attention to how they feel get “AHA!” moments as their body finds the Magic Mechanics. I wonder if this meets the criteria for a True Teaching Moment? I imagine that “sharper demand for personal commitment to technical excellence” means: Players focus on their mechanics more. And the standard is higher. He might not let sloppy mechanics slide. And perhaps he’d use that higher standard for more teaching moments.

3. In my previous time, I worked a lot in opposite situations (forecheck vs breakout, rush offense vs rush defense, point shooting vs shot blocking, etc) and leveraged the situational focus to reveal the teaching situations. This time around, I am teaching the D first in an effort to stack the technical deck in their favor. I’m going to allow the F to be creatively expressive and rely on their instincts. Why?

In the ages of 11-13, the forwards offensive skill set is generally miles ahead of the defenders technical defending skill set. The gap between encourages the F’s to believe they are better than what they really are. The D are behind in their technical ability to control space and therefore F’s are fooled by a success rate that is tilted in their favor.

In teaching the D first, I’ll raise their technical footwork, skating ability to hold defensive side position, stay square to the defender, use a purposeful stick, force turns and stops, control hips and use wedges and seals – and that’s just defending out of the corner – which is where we are now. Once I raise the D’s technical ability to defend, I’ll reduce the F’s success rate organically through translatable defensive principles. This will stack the deck in the D’s favor enough to see if the F’s can problem solve.

Once I’m comfortable with the D’s ability to control the F, then I’ll dive in and teach the F’s the translatable skill sets that they can use to grab control of the space. Then once the F’s adapt, the focus goes back on the D to raise the level again.

By focusing on the D first, we create a “leapfrog learning environment” and that is a big adjustment I want to have in place this time around.

Let’s start with the term “translatable”. Belfry uses this to describe skills that produce results regardless of the level. Some skills have a shelf life (like straight ahead speed). Others don’t (like creating space).

Ok, so translatable skills are the 80/20 skills – because once learned, they can be used all the way up. Doesn’t make much sense to learn skills that expire in a couple years, does it?

So he’s saying that he’ll teach defensemen these translatable skills first.

I think his reasoning is this: if you want to get better, you need a challenge. A challenge usually means that there is a gap between where you are, and where you want to be.

There is already a gap between forwards and defense at the 11-13 age level. I observe this as well. So the first gap to close is moving the defense closer to the forwards.

Then he creates a second gap, by moving the defense past the forwards. As this occurs, he tests the forwards ability to adapt creatively to the new demands. If the adaptation occurs organically – great! If not, he instructs the forwards how to problem solve.

Then the forwards move ahead again. I believe this skill gap closing – skill gap opening is what he refers to as a leap frog environment.

4. The last cornerstone is “competitive advantage” …. very different approach than that of building “compete level” … with the objective of creating intelligent competitors. I want that fierceness and will to win but through the competitive advantage lens.

This will be built through …. oh you didn’t think I was going to tell you everything did you!! I want to hear what you think I mean by this and how you would go about teaching it.

This type of competitiveness will supplant the current “compete level” and is a big differentiator at the world class level. Let’s build in in our kids now!

Compete level vs competitive advantage? Closest analogy would be business. A competitive advantage is a circumstance that puts a business in a better business position. So one business is actually better positioned to exploit an opportunity than others.

I think compete level refers to pure intensity.

Pure intensity runs out when players get tired.

Competitive advantage doesn’t require intensity. But when executed with intensity yields results.

Any example of this would be one of my favorite habits of “Stick on puck, hands on body.” I had a player who would run headlong into board battles, get on the wrong side of his opponent with his stick flailing, and lose every time. Once I showed him the habit of “stick on puck, hands on body” he turned his intensity into turnovers. I’d say that’s a good example of competitive advantage over compete level.

Well – those are my thoughts. My attempt at Decoding Darryl. Let me know what you think: [email protected]

January 28, 2018

How to Become a Feel-Based Learner – The “Feel Your Body Learning” System

Darryl Belfry is the leading skill coach in hockey right now.

Listening to an interview with Belfry, he remarked that the top 6 players on NHL teams are something called “Feel Based Learners”. This means that they would ask how a movement should feel. The bottom 6 asked to be told what to do visually.

So it made sense to research this idea. Then to develop guidelines for players to follow.

At Train 2.0, we call this style of learning the Feel Your Body Learning System.

We turned up a couple interesting concepts that support the Feel Your Body Learning System.

 

Idea #1: Conscious vs Unconscious Learning – How it relates to feel-based learning

The research says that unconscious learning is better than conscious learning for three reasons:

  1. Unconscious learning leads to better performance under pressure
  2. Unconscious learning leads to better performance over time
  3. Unconscious learning leads to improvements in related tasks

(Note: When I say conscious vs unconscious learning, I’m actually talking about extrinsic vs intrinsic motor learning – that’s what it is called in the literature. I am simplying for clarity)

When a player learns through feel, they MUST learn unconsciously. When they get the Magic Mechanics correct, they immediately FEEL it. And they cannot unfeel it. I’ve tried using words to explain the “feeling” – but until you can get an athlete to actually use the Magic Mechanics they just won’t understand.

Since the “feeling” doesn’t seem to be something a player can think their way towards, I’d suggest that it is an unconscious learning.

 

Idea #2: Learn The Way Your Perform

(Specificity of learning hypothesis)

Success in hockey relies on a player using the correct body movements. We call these the Magic Mechanics.

When a player uses the Magic Mechanics they are more balance, in control, and effortless. This provides them with the ability to pick up more information with their eyes. And it also provides them with more options to use.

When a player is playing, they do not have time to internalize verbal commands. They have to “think with their body”. Hockey players have two main sources of data: visual and kinaesthetic. Visual data is used to make decisions. Kinaesthetic data is used to monitor body position – so for skill execution.

When a player uses verbal data to determine their movements (skills) – they may be able to make adjustments in a controlled practice setting. But they cannot use that data in a game setting. It’s like a pilot who only wants to use their windows to get around, but it’s foggy. It’s smart to use the flight instruments because you don’t have any other sources of information about where the plane is. But the pilot still wants to look out the window.

When a player uses kinaesthetic (feel based) data to determine their movements – they always have their preferred data source on hand. Like a pilot who loves using their instruments to fly the plane. Even when it’s foggy, the pilot can land the plane no problem.

Players who Feel Their Body Learning learn the way they perform. So this leads them to have stable performance in both games and skill development sessions. And they always have their preferred data source on hand – their FEELING.

 

Idea #3: Drone Coach Resistance

Players who use Feel Your Body Learning naturally have a special gift. The gift is that when they Feel Their Body doing the Magic Mechanics – it feels SO GOOD they never want to do anything ever again. Take for example shooting. Great shooters with the Magic Mechanics often do the opposite of what many coaches teach. The coach might seek to “coach” the players by giving them helpful advice. But this helpful advice is the exact opposite of what the coach should be saying.

Luckily for the player who Feels Their Body Learning, they’ve felt the Magic Mechanics of the shot. And they can never unfeeling that feeling. And it feels so good that nothing else feels natural.

So they nod politely and accept the coaches advice. But shortly after, they go back to shooting the way they always did. Because it felt right.

 

How To Use The Feel Your Body Learning System

Step 1: Choose a simple movement you want to learn. Let’s say a slapshot.

Step 2: Take a slap shot. Pay attention to how it feels. Where did you feel tension? Where did you feel free? Where did you feel blocked? Where did you feel powerful?

Step 3: Take another slapshot. But this time, completely differently. Ask yourself the same questions about tension, freedom, blockages, and power.

Step 4: Take another slap shot. Again different. Ask yourself the questions again.

Step 5: Now start optimizing. Don’t think about how to shoot. Forget everything you’ve been told. Just shoot. And FEEL it. Really FEEL it.

Step 6: Feel your body learning automatically. Keep asking yourself the questions: freedom, tension, blockages, power. Don’t think about how your body “should” move. Observe it as it moves.

Step 7: Treat each shot as an experiment. How good can you make each shot feel?

Step 8: Once your shot is feeling really good, repeat again and again. Make sure each shot feels great!

Step 9: When it feels right, stop shooting for the day. That’s probably what your body can learn today. Now give it a rest to incorporate all the changes it made.

 

Bonus steps:

The Straight Path and the Perfect Skill System

The key to Feel Your Body Learning is to experiment with many different styles of moving. Often players heard some Drone Advice and can’t get it out of their head. And they don’t even think about it anymore. It’s so ingrained. And they don’t realize how badly it is holding them back.

So you need to really do different things and test how they feel to break the Drone Coach spell.  We call these movement experiments.

Another way is to use the Straight Path and Perfect Skill System. With this system, you compare your movement with NHLers visually. You might rightly point out that this stops becoming a Feel Your Body Learning System if you’re looking at visual information. But the key is that the visual information is used to give you hints on your next movement experiment. Instead of testing 12 really different and weird hand positions, you test the hand position that you see Ovechkin using. Then you test the one that Kessel uses. Then you test the one Matthews uses. Your NHL inspired movement experiments are more likely to generate the right FEELING faster than if you tried 12 random movement experiments.

Use the steps of the Feel Your Body Learning System to become a feel-based learner. On the way, you can become a more consistent performer under pressure. Meanwhile, you become Drone Coach Resistant.

Good luck!

-Jason

 

January 28, 2018

How to Skate Like McDavid – Part 3 (Ankle Flexibility Secret)

How to Skate Like McDavid – Part 3 (Ankle Flexibility Secret)

how to skate like mcdavid - mcdavid skating technique

If you want to learn how skate like McDavid, you need to understand the mechanics behind his stride. We say this often, but these NHL stars are NOT fleshy bags of magic (Thanks to Scott Adams for that term). There are mechanical principles behind their magic. That’s why we call them the Magic Mechanics.

Often overlooked in hockey: ankle mobility. One way that McDavid is able to put freakish force into the ice is with uncommon ankle mobility. In this video we see evidence of this with his off-ice training. And we examine the biomechanics behind why it matters.

Ankle mobility often holds players back from being able to put force into the ice. Not downward force into the ice. But laterally. Skaters like McDavid allow their ankles to “go soft” – which means that the ankle relaxes and the skate is allowed to tip over. This lets the edge dig into the ice.

Most skaters have rigid ankles. They look at “ankle skaters” and sneer – but their own rigidity is holding them back. When you have soft ankles, you reduce the tension of the muscles around your ankle joints and flow like water on the ice.

The effect is like a cart on a rail. From that place of stability, stars like McDavid are able to generate a ton of speed and agility while maintaining balance and control.

If you’d like to learn more about how to skate like McDavid, you can learn more here because he’s a fast skater.

– Jason