For players at this critical age of development, the loss of on-ice time could be particularly difficult. As a parent, you might feel like progress is being stalled, while 12U players themselves might feel like they can’t continue to work on the things they were doing on the ice.
To an extent, that’s true. Nobody will be able to – nor should they try to – replicate the exact conditions that were routine just a short time ago before this new temporary reality threw us all for a loop.
There are things that can be still done off the ice, particularly in small spaces, that are well-suited to isolation and plenty of time on our hands.
“Copy the moves of NHL players or create your own moves,” says ADM regional manager Bob Mancini. “What you do off the ice will help determine the player you are on the ice. Shoot pucks, puck-handle and follow off-ice training recommendations for body weight exercises.”
The Body Weight Squat, Telephone Wall Sits, Log Roll with Push-Ups and Spiderman Climbs are just a handful of off-ice bodyweight exercises kids can do at home.
Stickhandling drill videos from USA Hockey include Figure 8s, Bait, Cup & Go Around, Toe Drag Deception and Wide Dribble.
Even things as simple as walks and bike rides – which are becoming more plentiful as the weather continues to get warmer – are beneficial for both mind and body, says ADM regional manager Joe Bonnett.