Beginners’ Guide to Stick & Puck
Unwritten Rules of Stick-and-Puck/Drop-in Scrimmages
- Have fun: Stick and puck sessions are just for fun. Don’t worry if you’re not the best player out there or you don’t score a lot of goals. You are out there to learn and have fun.
- Bring a puck: The rink may not provide them, so be sure to keep a couple in your bag.
- Share the puck: In a scrimmage, you may be tempted to hog the puck, but remember that players of all ages and skill levels may be on the ice with you. Make sure everyone gets a chance to carry the puck. If you’re better than most of the players on the ice, feel free to show off your moves, but remember to also pass to your teammates. This is a great way to make sure everyone has fun, and you may just make a few friends while you are out there (everyone loves getting a pass).
- Share the ice: No one likes sitting on the bench! If everyone makes quick changes than every one will have lots of time to play. Get on the ice, skate hard for a minute, and then let another player skate. Remember, the longer you stay on the ice, the longer another player has to sit on the bench. Be fair and try to ensure each player gets equal ice time.
- Try your hardest: Some players are nervous for their first stick and puck, and think they will not be good enough. Let me tell you from experience. It does not matter how good you are, as long as you always try your hardest and never give up. If you skate hard, and try for the entire session, the other players will love you and want to have you come out and play again.
- No checking: It goes without saying that nobody wants to get hurt during a casual scrimmage with a mixed age group.
I hope these tips will help you enjoy your stick-and-puck sessions, remember to skate hard, have fun, and make friends!
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Jeremy Rupke of HowToHockey.com for this story. You can subscribe to his hockey tips blog, which offers tips, skills, drills, videos and more.
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