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