Dribbling Drills to Improve Reaction Time in Hockey

Exercises for hockey players to improve reaction time, coordination, and with a hockey stick, ball and reaction light training system, like BlazePod.

By Megan O'Connell
Edited by Tom Amitay

Published February 13, 2021.

Hockey is one of the sports that require the quickest reaction time and reflexes as the ball rapidly moves and constantly changes direction.

Here are 3 dribbling drills that hockey players can perform using a hockey stick, a ball, a few cones and a reaction light training system, like BlazePod.

T Dribble

  • Set 5 cones into a “T” shape on the ground, with approximately 30 centimeters between each cone.
  • Start at the foot of the “T” foot with a hockey stick in hand and a ball on the ground.
  • Using the hockey stick, dribble the ball around each cone, moving up the base of the “T” before turning around the left edge, followed by the right edge, and finally back down the “T” towards the starting position.
  • Repeat this drill at least 4 times.

3 Pod Dribble

  • Place 3 reaction light pods in a row, with approximately 50 centimeters between the pods.
  • Connect the light pods to the BlazePod app.
  • Set the pods to light up randomly.
  • Stand behind the light pods with a hockey stick in hand and ball on the ground.
  • As a pod lights up, dribble the ball around the light pod as quickly as possible.
  • Repeat this motion for 30 seconds, moving the ball around each pod that lights up.

4 Pod Dribble

  • Place 4 reaction light pods in a square formation with at least 3 meters between the light pods.
  • Connect the light pods to the BlazePod app.
  • Set the pods to light up at the same time, with 3 pods turning red and one pod turning green, alternating at random intervals.
  • Stand in the center of the square with a hockey stick in hand and a ball on the ground.
  • As the light pods change, dribble the ball around the green light pod with the hockey stick before returning to the center of the square and repeating the drill.

Hockey players of all ages and abilities can perform these drills to improve reaction time, coordination, speed, and decision-making.