How Do I Get More Ice Time?
Every player, every parent wants more ice time. Unfortunately, this is a big issue in minor hockey that has resorted to common verbal confrontation.
The best way for a player to get more ice time is to become valuable in many areas. Be able to be used on power plays, penalty kills, face-offs, defence, empty net situations , and so on.
There are 6 clear areas that coaches love. Do the following and you will usually be rewarded with more ice time.
1. Work- Be the hardest working player on the team. Every practice. Every shift.
2. Team Player- Be a team player first, and the personal rewards will always follow
3. Habits- Have good habits on the ice. Back check hard, don’t turnover the puck, take pucks to the net. These are all habits that will be noticed by your team and coaches.
4. Discipline- A player that is disciplined can be trusted. A player that is disciplined will not cost the team at any point in the game. You will gain trust and ice time from your coaches by being disciplined.
5. Be Counted On- Never take short cuts. Be ready for all situations as they arise, Block shots, take hits, stop in front, be a player that every one looks towards to get the job done.
6. Skill Level- By increasing your skill base, you will be able to play the game consistently at a higher level. You will have confidence to make plays as pressure mounts, and the coaches will want you on the ice to win games.
Do all six of these consistently and you will be trusted by your coaches. Your coaches will reward you with more ice time, and give you more chances to dictate the outcome of the game.
Get More Ice Time!!!!