Teambuilding Training!On August 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Hi everybody! Today Marcel’s Hockey School is in Regensburg, and with me today are former pro Vitali Stähle and my good friend, mental coach Chris Heid. We’re going to be showing you a teamwork drill that we often use in camps. Everybody knows that teamwork is very important in hockey or in any team sport for that matter, but all that we really tend to do as coaches is yell: “hey, be a team player!” But what are we really doing to work on it? So today, we’re going to be showing you a really cool drill that you can do with your team. It doesn’t require a lot of material. Let’s get started! So what we have here: we could call them skis, two wooden “skis”, Attached to each ski are five ropes. And the goal is to walk, together with for example your linemates in hockey, with one foot on each ski, as a team, as well as possible, from a starting point to a finish line. And we’re going to show you now how it’s done…hopefully! 🙂 So we’re now standing in the skis- optimally if we have 5 ropes we would also have 5 players, but today we only have three. We need to work together as a team to move forward. I’ll be the one leading in this example, and we’re going to try to move forward as fast as possible! Left! Right! Left! Right! Left! Right! Up till now it’s run quite well, but now we’ll show you what happens if you don’t work together as a team. So now we’ll show you what happens when there is no communication in your team: It looks pretty funny here, but problematic on the ice or field. Now we’ll show you what happens when the players on the team aren’t on the same page: Left(Right!) Right(Left!) Left(Right!) Right(Left!) “What are you doing?!?!?!?” “Hey!!!!!” We won’t make any progress, just like in a line on the ice, on the soccer field or in any other team sport. A drill like this helps build team spirit, and builds trust which is very important. If I trust my teammates, then we will automatically play better together, have more success, and at the end of the day, win more games! Vitali, Chris, thanks a lot for you help today! Try the drill out! Today’s Marcel’s Hockey School episode was a bit “different”: I hope you enjoyed it! See you next time!