Delivering a Body Check [Video]
Last week we covered the basics of receiving a body check properly – this week, we’ve reversed the roles and are covering how to properly deliver a body check along the wall.
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Key Teaching Points
- Check only to separate the player from the puck
- Feet just over shoulder width apart
- Knees bent
- Head up
- Chest up
- Drive through with your legs
- Hands in front of your body
- Keep your hands and elbows down
- Aim for the front of the players shoulder and their hands – this allows you to gain body position on the opponent
- Skate through your checks
- Practice, practice, practice – players are never too old for instruction on body contact
- Watch for hands following through high and/or players leading with their hands
- If you see mistakes in technique, address them immediately to avoid bad habits from forming
5 Replies to “Delivering a Body Check [Video]”
do you have any checking videos for D-men making the hit along the boards 1/1? The D-man would be at 1 o’clock, giving the attacking forward the feeling that he can escape by him down the boards, but the D-man angles him to the boards and makes the hit. I’d like to see the D-man be on the proper side though; right shot = right side D. Thanks.
Not yet, but I’ll add that to the list for future videos. Thanks for watching!
Great Body Checking video series. I love how you break it down for the smaller kids ages. Keep up the good work.