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Kim McCullough, M.Sc., YCS is a highly sought-after expert in the development of aspiring girls’ hockey players and has played at the highest level of women’s hockey in the world for the last decade. Kim’s player development website gives coaches and parents of aspiring young players access to programs, articles and advice on how to help their players take their game to the next level.

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7 Hockey Skills Every Girls Hockey Player Must Improve On

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: February 2, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to watch two of the top-ranked women’s college hockey teams in the country, University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, face-off against each other in a double-header. As someone who used to play against these teams years ago, it is always amazing to see how the level of speed, skill and strength shown by the players has improved overall. But by far the most impressive thing I noticed while watching these two teams play was the extremely high degree of execution. Here is the list I came up with of the “Top 7 Skills Every Girls’ Players Must Work On” after watching these games.

4 More Hockey Skills Girls Hockey Players Must Improve On

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: February 2, 2010

While writing my recent article on the 7 skills every player needs to improve on, I used the notes I took while watching the women’s teams from University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, face-off against each other in a double-header. I went back to my notes this week while I was thinking about drills to run at this week’s practices and I realized that I had a few more key points that I wanted to share with you after watching these two elite teams play and execute at such a high level. So I created a new list of “4 More Skills Player Must Improve On” based on my observations during these two games.

How to Get Over Getting Cut in Girls Hockey

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: December 8, 2009

Every season, hockey tryouts are one of the biggest challenges for girls hockey players. While some girls will be fortunate enough to make the team of their dreams, there will also be many aspiring girls hockey players out there with broken hearts after getting cut.

#1 Thing Women’s College Hockey Coaches Are Looking For in Players

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: December 8, 2009

There is #1 thing women’s college coaches want when looking for players to recruit and bring into their program. This goes for all girls hockey coaches at all levels really, but when it comes to getting noticed and getting recruited, not having this 1 thing can completely RUIN your chances of getting to the next level.

The 5 Player Rule in Girls Hockey

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: December 8, 2009

The “5 Player Rule” in girls hockey has absolutely nothing to do with the number of players out on the ice. On every team, there are usually 5 players who are really dedicated and driven to get to the next level. This not only poses problems for the coach, but it is also a big challenge for those five girls that are so dedicated and committed to getting to the next level of women’s hockey.

Why Some Girls Hockey Players Get to the Next Level – And Others Get Left Behind

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: December 8, 2009

One of my favorite things to do with the girls hockey players I train is take our workouts outdoors. There is a huge park near to my facility which makes for a new and challenging change of pace for my young athletes. The first time we head over to the park, I always have a really tough workout planned, which finishes off with sprints up a ski hill.

What Hockey Players Need More of to Get to the Next Level

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: December 8, 2009

Every hockey player, parent and coach,is looking for ways to get an edge on the competition. Everyone has the same narrow-minded solution for gaining that advantage – and it’s their inability to see the bigger picture that prevents them from achieving their goals on the ice.

How Much Should Female Hockey Players Weigh?

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: December 8, 2009

Body image is an important issue for many girls and it is no different for girls’ hockey players. Unlike boys’ hockey players who all want to grow up to be 6’2″ and 220lbs, girls’ hockey players don’t want to or need to muscle-bound, heavy or big to compete at the highest level of our sport. The issue of body image is often swept under the rug by coaches and parents and the reluctance to talk about this issue openly is causing more harm than good in the world of women’s hockey.

The Worst 4 Letter Word in Girls Hockey

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: November 30, 2009

As a girls hockey coach, I hear this 4-letter word more times in the day than I can even count – and it is not only frustrating to me, but it is keeping the girls hockey players I work with from reaching their ultimate hockey goals. The worst four-letter word in girls hockey is CAN’T.

One Thing Your Hockey Coach Can’t Teach You

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: November 30, 2009

As a coach who works with players both on and off the ice, I help players develop the skill and athleticism they need to take their game to the highest level possible. But there is one thing that an aspiring young hockey player absolutely MUST have if they want to realize their hockey dreams – and it’s the one thing that I, and every other coach out there, CAN’T teach. We can teach you all the skills you need to play at the elite level.

Is it Impossible For Hockey Players to Do This In-Season?

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: November 30, 2009

There is one critical aspects of elite performance that hockey players, parents and coaches forget about during the season, and it’s the one that leads to the most injuries and burnout when it’s neglected. As a coach, I also find it is the HARDEST thing to get aspiring girls hockey players, who as so passionate and committed to achieving their dream, to do.

Is Boys Hockey Better Than Girls Hockey?

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: November 30, 2009

Not enough girl hockey players play like the boys out on the ice. And it’s the ones that do who make it and excel at the next level of women’s hockey.

Number 1 Way to Score a Hat Trick in Hockey

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: November 30, 2009

If your goal was to score a hat-trick in your next hockey game, what is the #1 thing you absolutely must focus on to meet your goal? There are many potential distractions out on the ice that can capture your attention, so what can you do to stay laser-focused on your goal?

Number 1 Mistake Young Hockey Players Make on Their Way to the Next Level

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: November 30, 2009

Most aspiring hockey players commit “random acts of excellence.” This is the term I came up with to describe most of the players I meet when I am coaching and running workshops at different tournaments, camps and tryouts. These hockey players are really motivated and excited to do whatever it takes to stand out at the tryout or tournament.

5 Critical Mistakes Girl Hockey Players Make

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: April 2, 2009

When I first started training off the ice as a young player to get an edge on the competition, but I had no idea that the training I was doing was completely inappropriate for me. There are the 5 critical mistakes I made as a young athlete and that girls’ hockey players need to avoid on their way to the elite levels of women’s hockey.

#1 Weapon in Women’s Hockey

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: April 2, 2009

Getting to the elite levels of the female game is all about being first. You have to be first to the puck, make the first save and be first in on the forecheck. And in order to be first, you have to be fast.

#1 Exercise For Girls Hockey Players

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: April 2, 2009

My favorite exercise to use with my girls hockey teams and training groups plays a huge role in improving players’ hockey-specific strength and preventing all kinds of injuries. It works equally as well for every player from 10 year old goalies and 17 year old forwards, and most importantly, it is fun.

Best Girls Hockey Speed Exercise

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: April 2, 2009

Being a fast player in female hockey has very little to do with how fast you can skate in a straight line. Speed is about being fast in every direction you move and being fast with every decision you make. So how do girls hockey players develop the speed they need to stand out on the ice?

The 10,000 Hour Rule For Elite Female Hockey Players

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: April 2, 2009

How young is too young for players to start getting serious about playing at the elite level of women’s hockey? Is 15 too young? How about 10? 7 years old is definitely too young, isn’t it? If an aspiring player’s goal is to play in the Olympics, it might not be.

7 Secrets of Hockey Playoff Success

Recreation and Sports: Hockey • Published: February 15, 2009

Playoffs are here and you want to make sure that you do everything you can to perform your best. After a long season of playing, practicing and traveling, players, parents and coaches alike run the risk of getting worn-out and stressed-out. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get through the playoffs safely and successfully if you have a plan. Here are 7 simple secrets you can use throughout the post-season to have a successful playoff run.

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