The number one thing that youth hockey players and youth hockey coaches want to know is how to increase speed and agility, necessary skills for being a successful athlete on the ice.
Genetics are Key
Unfortunately, though, there really isn’t a simple answer to this question. In fact, to a large degree, strength and agility are determined by one’s genes and physical makeup. With that said, though, there are things that can be done to improve these features, whether one is “naturally gifted” in them or not.
Exercise Can Help
One great exercise to work on is squats. These are great at building strength and power in the legs. Strength and stability can also be improved through abdominal work, which will also help with balance. And, on top of those things, power moves like plyometrics/jumps will work very well at improving speed, smoothness, and fluidity.
Find Your Strength
If you can work in these ways, you should be able to increase speed and agility to the best of your ability. And, if you still don’t reach the speed and agility levels you want? Well, don’t worry. The key is to remember that everyone has strengths, and these two much-coveted skills aren’t the only strengths that matter.
You simply need to figure out what it is you (or your players) are particularly good at. Whether it’s skating, stickhandling, or anything in between, if you can focus in on one main strength, it will provide an edge on the ice. That way, strength and agility will just be icing on the cake.