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Bantam Skill Progressions

Players should continue to master all of the skills for the younger levels and add the following at the Bantam level.  Players must learn and master:

Individual Skills 

Skating

  • quickness
  • speed
  • agility
  • power

Puck Control

  • change of pace
  • slip through
  • slip across
  • slip around
  • fake shot
  • spin around
  • stop and go
  • grand stand
  • puck protection

Passing and Receiving

  • surround the puck
  • receiving (skate)
  • receiving (hand)
  • one-touch pass
  • indirect (board) pass
  • flip - saucer pass (forehand and backhand)
  • alley-oop
  • breakout
  • wrap around

Shooting

  • wrist
  • backhand
  • snap
  • flip
  • slap
  • one-timer
  • tipping
  • rebounding
  • approach to net
  • close in shots (yo-yo pull, roof)

Checking

  • covering
  • gap control
  • angling
  • shoulder check
  • taking a check
  • hip check
  • body check
  • block check
  • roll check
  • backchecking
  • angling - steering - deflecting

Goalkeeping

  • skate save
  • stacking the pads
  • "V" drop
  • playing angles
  • rebounds
  • situations
  • moving behind the net
  • stopping the puck along the boards
  • poke checking


Team Skills 

Offense

  • offense in defensive zone
  • offense in neutral zone
  • offense in offensive zone
  • power play systems
  • face-offs
  • principles: pressure, transition, support, control
  • triangulation
  • cycling

Defense

  • one-man forecheck
  • two-man forecheck
  • backchecking (neutral zone)
  • center-on-point defensive coverage
  • wings-on-point defensive coverage
  • man-short situations
  • principles: pressure, transition, support, control
  • defense in defensive zone
  • defense in neutral zone
  •  boxing out