In order to make our hockey community more exciting and cutting edge, I have leaned on a few friends for ideas. Coach Dutton's 1st Bi-Annual Skillz Competition is one of the best thus far. The first one will be a closed competition to work out the bugs. We will have 20-25 close hockey friends compete in 5 events. Below you will see my break down of how it all works:
Decision Process • The referee shall make all necessary rulings regarding the skills competition events.
Participants • Players must compete in all events.
Tie Situation • Outlined under each event
Scoring • Each event win is worth two (2) goals towards the final score. Each bracket win is worth one (1) goal.
EVENT 1 – FASTEST SKATER
Procedure / Rules • The contest consists of head-to-head heats based on a random bracket system. You lose the bracket, you’re out. • Starting from a standing position at the goal line, on the referee’s whistle, the two (2) skaters race to the far blue line. • The first skater across the line wins the race. • Winners are determined by blue line refs on each side. In case of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee’s stopwatch.
Scoring • One (1) goal is awarded for every win in the bracket. Winner gets Two (2)
Tie Situation • In the event of a tie, the heat will run again.
EVENT 2 –SHOOTOUT
Procedure / Rules • In the qualifying round all players participate in a head to head bracket alternating goalies. • Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules.
Brackets • Four (4) shot per player • Each goalie faces two (2) attempts
Scoring • One goal point is awarded to the player who wins the shootout for each round. Winner gets Two (2)
Tie Situation • Ties go to sudden death using the same goalie
EVENT 3- ACCURACY SHOOTING
Procedure / Rules • Four (4) targets fifteen inches (15”) in diameter are attached to the goal posts, one target in each corner. • 8 pucks on the blue line
Qualifying Round • The shooter has a maximum of eighteen (18) seconds to shoot up to eight (8) pucks in an attempt to hit each of the four (4) targets. • Any contact of a target by a puck that is shot is scored as a hit. • Multiple hits on the same target do not increase the shooter’s score.
Head-to-Head Round • The Bracket system prevails once again
Scoring • One goal is awarded to the player with most targets hit per round. Winner gets Two (2)
Tie Situation • Ties are decided in an alternating target hit competition, just like a shootout.
EVENT 4– HARDEST SHOT
Procedure / Rules • A single puck is positioned on the ice thirty feet (30’) from the center of the goal. A player, starting no further than the nearest blue line, may skate towards the puck and shoot it from its positioned spot into the goal. The highest recorded shot in miles per hour (mph) of two (2) attempts will be scored. • Shots must be on goal to be calculated. All shots are recorded by radar in miles per hour. • If a puck enters the goal uncalculated due to a malfunction of the radar equipment, the shooter will be allowed an additional attempt.
Scoring • The player with the highest score in mph, determined by using each participant’s highest, will receive one (1) goal. Winner gets Two (2)
Tie Situation Additional shot each, highest mph wins.
EVENT 5– STICK HANDLING
Procedure / Rules • 12 Cones are set up 2 feet apart. 2 Players need to complete the course as fast as possible. If you hit a cone you are DQ’ed. The first player to make it through the course clean wins. If both players are DQ’ed the player that made it the farthest before hitting a cone wins
Scoring • Bracket winners awarded 1 point, Winner gets Two (2)
Tie Situation Sudden death – do it again.
You will be ranked by points at the end of the competition. Top 3 winners awarded prizes.
There will be a fee for this competition to cover ice time and expenses. A portion of the fee will also go to prizes until we can close a few sponsors. I am still working on it and will get a date once I get some competitive rink quotes.
Welcome to my blog!! My goals usually change with the seasons so be prepared for all types of random-ness. This month I am gearing up for Fall and Winter. I like to update this blog as much as possible but usually you see posts around the hockey season. Once and awhile I'll throw out some thoughts just for fun. Feel free to reach out to me at anytime if there is anything I can do for you. Thanks for listening. -Coach Dutton