Whether you play ice hockey, ball hockey, or both, chances are you cut your teeth playing pick up in the streets with your friends growing up. There is no disputing that ball hockey and ice hockey are intertwined in their roots despite the aspects that make them unique to each other.
The ice hockey veteran who believes that ball hockey is simply just ice hockey on the floor may find that this is very misleading when they try the sport. However, it is these modest differences that can have huge benefits to developing a player’s skills on the ice. Ball hockey is an incredible form of conditioning, and is crucial to maintaining and enhancing many on ice skills during the off season. Stick handling, hand-eye coordination, as well as improved quickness and agility are just a few of the benefits an ice hockey player may experience from playing ball hockey.
COACHES & MINOR HOCKEY ORGANIZATIONS
It’s not just the individual player that will see the benefits of ball hockey on their game, many coaches and minor hockey organizations have utilized ball hockey as part of their team development. Booking some dry land training for your team can be an excellent tool to review strategy, run through drills, and bond teammates as they prepare for the upcoming ice hockey season. You don’t have to take our word for it, even the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team utilized ball hockey in their preparation for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and we all remember how well that turned out for them!
- Improved hand-eye coordination.
- Improved stick handling skills.
- Improved conditioning. The quick transitions and no gliding makes for an intense workout.
- Minimal contact: promotes skill development and leads to less chance of off season injury.
- Promotes quickness and agility.
- Great coaching tool for positioning, drills, and strategy.
- Promotes creativity.
- Team building.