5000 Puck Challenge
Week #1 June 19th-June25th
Goal: Shoot 100 pucks 5 days this week to reach a total of 500 shots for the week.
Shooting instructions for week #1: Wrist shots only. Low corners only.
Wrist shot, also known as the sweep shot, should be the most accurate shot. When practicing the wrist shot
follow the following guidelines as described by USA Hockey.
Hands proper length apart on the stick. (One forearm length)
Shot begins with the puck at the side of the body and behind the back foot.
Cup the puck with blade of stick.
Weight transfer as you shoot from back leg to front leg.
Follow through will dictate the height and accuracy of shot. (Finish with blade pointing to your target).
Puck starts at the middle of the blade and moves to the toe as you sweep.
Week #2 June 26th-July 2nd
Shooting instruction for week #2. Wrist shots only. Top corners only. See wrist shot instruction from week
Week #3 July 3rd- July 9th
Goal: Shoot 100 pucks in 5 days to reach 500 total shots for the week.
Shooting instructions for week #3: Backhand shots ONLY. Low corner only.
Like the wrist shot, it is very important to generate speed of the stick blade. Remember that form and
accuracy come before attempting quicker shots. See below for guidelines described by USA Hockey.
- Hands held approximately 12 to 15 inches apart
- Shot begins with the puck at the side of the body and behind the back foot
- The blade of the stick is to be cupped over the puck
- Transfer weight from back skate to front skate as you shoot
- Start with puck in the middle of the stick blade while moving it to the toe during shot
- Follow-through with a straight blade or closed blade
Week #4 July 10th - July 16th
Goal: Shoot 100 pucks each day for 5 days to reach 500 total shots for the week.
Shooting instructions for week #4: Backhand shots ONLY. Mid to upper corner only.
Please refer to week #3 description of the backhand shot. Form is key to success. The only difference is as
- Midway through your shot, you will begin to open the stick blade and follow through will end with an open
blade rather than straight or closed blade
Week #5 July 17th - July 23rd
Shooting instructions for week #5: Note the differences for divisions below.
MITES: Work on regular wrist shots ONLY in all corners.
SQUIRTS through HIGH SCHOOL: Snap shots ONLY. Low corner only.
To perform the snap shot, remember that the line for shooting needs to be closer to the body than for the
wrist shot. The snap shot is performed quickly and can be effective in catching a goalie offguard. Follow the
instructions below for correct procedure.
- In the wind up, position the t foot stick 10-14 inches behind the puck and 4-5 inches off the surface (ice or
floor) with the blade centered on the puck.
- Rotate your wrists to make the blade of the stick parallel to the floor. Your weight should be on your back
foot at this point.
- As you transfer your weight forward while making the shot, snap through the puck hitting the surface a few
inches before the puck.
- Follow through will be short.
- This needs to be a quick, fluid motion as the power of the shot comes from a strong sudden top hand pull
and a bottom hand push on the stick while you snap your wrists and transfer your weight.
- There are many things happening at once and form is KEY to success and accuracy of the shot so start
out slow and progress to create the fluidity of combined motions.
- Try opening and closing the blade during your shot and follow through to create a low or high shot.
Week #6 July 24th - July 30th
Shooting instructions for week #6: Backhand shots ONLY in all corners.
The backhand shot is probably the most difficult to master. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! Remember,
form is the key element in with all shots. Refer to week #3 and #4 for instructions.
Week #7 July 31st - August 6th
Shooting instructions for week #7: Note the differences for divisions below.
Mites and Squirts: Wrist shots only on one foot. 200 on front foot, 200 on back foot and 100 on weakest foot.
Pee Wee through High School: Slap shots ONLY. Low corner only.
Position the puck 2-6 inches behind the front foot before shooting. You will find it easier to keep the shot low
the further you move the puck back. Hold your stick tightly with your bottom hand just below mid stick. Keep
the line of shooting close enough for comfort but far enough away to allow good extended arm movement.
- Once you have positioned the puck, view your target and draw your stick back between your waist and
shoulder. At this point your weight is on your back foot.
- With force, drive your stick downward leaning into the shot and transfering your weight to the front foot.
- Just like the snap shot, hit the surface 2-3 inches behind the puck.
- Contact with the puck should be in the middle of the blade or slightly toward the heal with a closed blade.
Hitting the puck toward the toe of the blade will result in a weak an uncontroled shot.
- As you hit through the puck snap your wrists.
- Your follow through should be low as you point your stick toward the target.
Week #8 August 7th - August 13th
Shooting instructions for week #8: See below for divisions.
Mites and Squirts: Backhand shot only on one foot. 200 on front foot, 200 on back foot and 100 on weakest
Pee Wee through High School: Slap shots mid to high corner.
Week #9 August 14th-August 20th
Shooting Instructions for week #9: Choose your two weakest shots and try to make them your strenghts by
performing 250 shots each alternating upper and lower corners.
Week #10 August 21st- August 27th
Shooting Instructions for week #10: Alternate shots, alternate lead foot, and alternate targets on all 500
Congratulations you did it!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5,000 shots in 10 weeks. No doubt your shot has drastically improved.
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