20 Off-Ice Stickhandling Drills

by Jeremy Rupke on December 12, 2010

Hey guys, I have had a lot of requests for off-ice stickhandling drills. There are a lot of great stickhandling drills out there and I could probably make about 20 videos, but luckily for me somebody already did! I would have loved to make these myself, but I figured the sooner I share them with you the quicker you can start practicing!

Update: I have made a collection of stickhandling drills, but also much more than that. I have written an e-book with 18 pages explaining all the fundamentals of stickhandlind. I also have a half hour off-ice video explaining everything you need to know about controlling the puck with a number of great drills, and a half hour on-ice video troubleshooting all the most common problems players have with stickhandling and how you can fix them. If you are interested check out my Complete guide to stickhandling

20 Stickhandling Videos by USA Hockey

I really have to hand it to USA Hockey here for making a great series of videos. You can see the original page here and I have included the videos below. You can download each video to your computer and watch them whenever you want. I also included the youtube videos below (all the videos combined to a 2 part series) if you want to browse through them and see some of the drills.

What You Need

In the video they use a nice smooth surface and a stickhandling ball. You can find these online at Hockey Shot or check your nearest hockey store. I find most stores have stickhandling balls, but a good hockey shooting pad is hard to come by in the stores. If you don’t already have a shooting pad my favourite is the extreme passing kit.


Drill Name Link
Around Body DOWNLOAD
Obstacle Course DOWNLOAD
Quick Hands DOWNLOAD
Hand Slide Wide DOWNLOAD
Reach Drill DOWNLOAD
Stick Hackey DOWNLOAD
Soccer Ball Pass DOWNLOAD
Balance Board DOWNLOAD

Youtube Videos

Part 1

Part 2

If you are looking for more instruction, tips and advice check out my Complete guide to stickhandling it’s basically my 20+ years of knowledge of stickhandling all put into one easy to read e-book and two half hour instructional videos

Recommended Products

Check Out the Kwikhands

I found some other stickhandling videos that I thought were cool so I figured I would add it here. With the Kwikhands you get a number of stickhandling balls that are all different weights and an instructional DVD set with a bunch of other goodies!

  • 1 – Level 1 – 4 pound ball
  • 1 – Level 2 – 2 pound ball
  • 1 – Level 3 – 1 pound ball
  • 1 – Level 4 – 8 ounce ball
  • 1 – Instructional DVD
  • 1 – Instructional Booklet
  • 1 – 3 foot by 2 foot high resistance mat
  • 1 – Extra Stickhandling Ball for your hockey bag
  • 1 – KwiK-Set Swedish Stickhandling Balls

I thought that this was pretty cool because you get a schedule and program to follow with all the different weighted balls. You can work on your stickhandling and it also includes a number of drills that will teach and encourage you to continue practicing. Check out the videos below to see how it worked for one person.

First attempt at the Kwikands (not my video but I thought it was interesting!)

After using the Kwikhands for two months

It seems like the person in the videos made some notable improvements in his stickhandling! Keep in mind that in the first video he is using a device like the softhands to help teach his top hand to control the movements, so that would make his stickhandling look a bit worse.

Where to Buy the Kwikhands

Here is the link for the Kwik Hands package it sells for $99.95. You can also get stuff like stickhandling balls, weighted pucks, the Green biscuit and other cool training aids on Hockey Shot.

Remember, the only way you are going to improve your skills is to practice a lot so keep on practicing!

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Jeremy Rupke

Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Al MacMillan March 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Hey Jeremy, this 73 year old Al in Boise, Idaho
I bought the Complete Guide to Stickhandling some time back.
Over the past 2 months I have been doing the Understanding Your Edges thing. Awesome..cannot tell you how much my skating (and my game) has improved just by diligently doing the 6 drills everytime out. Now that the skating has improved so much I know I can improve my stickhandling. I bought the Extreme Passer pro. Nice

I have the Guide PDF file on my desktop computer but I want to get it onto my iPad.
How do I do that? I tried copying it over to the iPad but the video doesn’t work.
Is there a way for me to log in to How-to-Hockey on my iPad?

Al Mac


Chris January 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

In one of your Videos on youtube you showed something that Clips onto the hockey stick to prevent you from actually gripping the stick with your bottom hand where can I pick one of these up?


Jeremy Rupke January 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm

There is one called the danglinator, or you can just use an empty toilet paper roll, or a water bottle with the top and bottom cut off. If you want something more sturdy some PVC pipe works as well.

Alex February 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I have the same problem as Ryan


Thomas September 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

Doing a handful of these 20 drills 3 times a week for a 1 hour has improved my stick-handling tremendously, I rarely make any mistakes when handling the puck. Practicing with a smart ball, training puck, and especially golf balls in my smooth floor garage has been the perfect equation for me. But I do have one question! During this time I have been using an older stick that I cut down to factor in the height of being on my feet versus my skates. It forces me to bend my knees since it measures up on my body to where it would be if I was wearing skates on-ice. So logically, it should be helping me and I have not had any negative effects on-ice from doing this as mentioned. So I was curious on your opinion of cutting my old stick for practicing on my feet? It may not effect my stick-handling practice but will it effect my shooting practice? Thanks!


Antonietta September 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Particularly great piece 20 Off-Ice Stickhandling Drills!! Carry on posting!


Ryan June 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Do you have trouble when switching from the stick handling ball back to the green biscuit? Every time I switch back to the biscuit I end up missing the puck or chopping it a lot. Because of that I hardly ever use the ball.


micheal April 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

where do u get the hockey shooting pads from


Jeremy April 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm

You can get them both here don’t forget to use our coupon for $10 off (in the sidebar)

Nick March 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Is there a reason that you would recommend the green biscuit over a regular puck, assuming we’ve got a practice pad to work with?


Jeremy March 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Hi Nick. I like the Green Biscuit better off-ice because it slides better (even with a shooting pad), flips up less, and is a bit lighter. With the added friction a puck feels heavier off the ice then on the ice, so using the Green Biscuit will feel more like a puck does on the ice. It seems to be the closest you can get to the on-ice feel.

TK January 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Is it better to use a ball rather than a puck for the 20 drills?


Jeremy January 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I like to use the Green Biscuit. I find the Green Biscuit is more game like than using a stickhandling ball.

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