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  1. Peter Allen says:

    Dean, I always liked reading your ideas on Tom’s site, I’m glad I found you.

    I am going to use this R.E.S.P gauge from now on. Love your GAME methods. Thank you.

    • Dean Holden says:


      I am glad you found the site – please share it with your colleagues. In addition to developing my book on purposeful, small area tactical games, I spend a lot of time researching (and writing) content so that I can post two articles per week. I am trying to help educate the ‘sporting stakeholders’ on the best methods of improving the game and welcome your comments and questions as they pertain to the articles.

      As you know, over the past several years, I have moved away from the drill mentality and continue to evolve. I am all about ‘letting the game be the best teacher of the game’; technique is important, but I put the initial emphasis on play. Given some basic technical instruction, I believe participants should work on their skills as ‘sporting homework’ so for hockey, the ice time is maximally used for competitive game play and decision training.

      One way to incorporate REPS into training is to create the environment whereby individuals can practice some ‘heads up’ puck control skills with their stick and feet while waiting for their turn – instead of this being ‘dead time’. That way they learn the feel for the puck while keeping their head up to watch the game in front of them unfold. As they get more confident, individuals can begin to challenge themselves to achieve Personal Bests in order to maintain motivation. Coaches / teachers need to consistently monitor this to make it a habit (research says at least for 30+ practices, then maintenance) as it is foreign to hockey (and most sports.) Human nature being what it is (lazy), this takes dedication on behalf of your coaches and players. This approach can be done in other sports too… it’s all about maximizing training time.



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