PYH is committed to providing consistent and constructive player development while emphasizing the fun of playing the game.

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Midget Skill Progressions

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

Individual Skills

Skating

  • Power
  • Speed
  • Quickness
  •  agility
  • forward reverse stepout

Puck Control

  • fake shot
  • spin around
  • slip around
  • double shift
  • stop and go
  • grandstand
  • change of pace
  • puck protection

Passing and Receiving

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

Shooting

  • wrist
  • backhand
  • snap
  • flip
  • slap
  • one timer
  • inside shot
  • drive shot
  • roofing

Checking

  • covering
  • taking a check
  • shoulder check
  • hip check
  • angling
  • body check
  • positioning
  • closing the gap
  • pinning
  • backchecking
  • body position
  • contain/stall
  • block check
  • roll check

Goal Keeping

  • playing angles
  • situations
  • rebound control
  • moving behind the net
  • stopping the puck along the boards
  • poke checking
  • positioning
  • face-offs
  • deflection and screens
  • play at the post
  • clearing/passing


Team Skills

Offense

  • offense in the defensive zone
  • offense in the neutral zone
  • offense in the offensive zone
  • power play systems
  • face-offs
  • transition
  • support
  • puck control
  • dump ins
  • wide rim
  • cycling
  • attacking the zone

Defense

  • one man forecheck
  • two man forecheck
  • backchecking (neutral zone)
  • center on point defensive coverage
  • wing on point defensive coverage
  • man short situations
  • pressure
  • stall/contain
  • support
  • transition
  • zone coverage
  • man to man coverage
  • backside coverage
  • sagging coverage
  • shot blocking