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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Amarillo Hockey Association is pleased to present the 5000 Puck Challenge for their members. The program was created as a development opportunity for hockey players to develop their shooting & scoring skills at home.

There is evidence to show that daily micro-practices are effective and often superior to longer practice sessions once or twice a week. When you practice a little each day, skills do not erode. In fact, they consolidate. It is like a bank account earning compound interest: a virtuous spiral where skill accrues quickly.

How well do you think your shot would improve if you were to take 5000 shots over a 10-week period?

Do you think it can be done?  Here is a simplified plan for players of all ages and abilities to follow over 10 weeks to accomplish this goal.

GOAL: Increase shot speed, quickness and accuracy = SCORING MORE GOALS!
The Plan: Shoot 5000 pucks in 10 weeks
Weekly Goal: 500 shots per week
Daily Goal: 100 shots per day (5 days per week)- or more if you choose!
Dates: December 1st, 2017 – February 11th, 2018 (Hockey Day in Texas)

Signed tracking form due February 9th, 2018. (please turn into your coach)

ALL PLAYERS THAT COMPLETE THE 5000 PUCK CHALLENGE WILL BE INVITED TO THE 5000 PUCK EVENT CELEBRATION DURING HOCKEY DAY IN TEXAS.

ALL PLAYERS WILL ALSO RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT AND THEIR PICTURE ON DISPLAY ON THE WALL OF FAME.



GETTING STARTED WHAT YOU NEED

  • A regulation size net (Street hockey, or ice hockey, even drawn on a concrete wall)
  • Shooter tutor or targets (Can be made from plywood or purchased)
  • Shooting surface (concrete floor, driveway, 3'x3' heavy plastic sheet)
  • 10-100 pucks (black pucks, blue pucks, street pucks… etc)
  • Hockey gloves
  • Stick (should be a few inches shorter than the one used on the ice as player will not be wearing skates)
  • Players must follow the directions for each week and meet the minimum number of shots required for that week.
  • If player cannot hit the upper corner of the net, they can shoot to the lower corner or the middle level of the net until they can hit the upper corner. Form and mechanics are more important than accuracy at the top of the net.

CREATING A DAILY PRACTICE ROUTINE

  • Get into a routine. Choose a time when you can practice at the same time every day. Plan for days that you can’t practice. Have a dedicated place to shoot.
  • Be accountable – Do what you can without technique breaking down or losing your focus – don’t just go through the motions. Break your workout into smaller chunks - for example, do half the workout early in the day and finish the rest later that day.
  • Get 20 pucks and shoot 5 sets of 20 for 100 pucks in a day. This should take about 20 minutes given no distractions.

 

TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS

  • Players must track your shots on the 5000 Puck Challenge Tracking Sheet (You can download on our website: www.amarillohockey.com)
  • The challenge begins December 1st and ends February 11th.
  • Parents are required to sign-off on the number of shots completed each day.