Pre-Season 2020 - High Performance - Intro to Body Contact


The RINK Training Centre's Intro to Body Contact Program works through weekly progressions preparing players for their next season of Body contact hockey. Our weekly progressions will have players comfortable with all aspects of body contact, from angling, stick position and steals to giving and receiving hits.

  • Angling
  • Stick Steals & Stick Position
  • Full Ice and Small Angling
  • Giving and Receiving Hits


1 x 50 Minute On Ice Sessions - Technical sessions featuring body contact teaching and techniques.


A common misconception is that the skill of checking begins at a certain age or age division. In fact, checking is a four-step progression that begins the first time a young player steps on the ice. Body-checking is the fourth and final step of the progression.

The transition from non-contact to contact hockey can be very uncomfortable for young players, but if coaches are able to effectively put the building blocks in place, it means a smoother transition.

Checking Progression Model

The model is based on the principle that checking should be taught in four logical steps. Each step builds upon the previous step and brings the hockey player that much closer to being able to give and receive body checks competently and confidently.

Step 1 – Positioning & Angling:  Angling can be considered the first line of defense for a player. Body and stick positions are important in checking without making contact. This section will examine angling as one technique of checking (Step 1) without making contact.

Step 2 – Stick Checks: Stick checking may be considered the second line of defense as angling forces the opposition to a position where contact can be made with the stick.

Step 3 – Contact Confidence (Body Contact): Body contact is the third step in the progression and is used to gain separation, when a player positions his/her body between the puck and the puck carrier. › Checking Manual: Contact Confidence

Step 4 – Body Checking (begins in U15): Body checking is the final step in the 4 step checking progression. A body check can be defined as body contact primarily caused by the movement of the checker. The checker uses their body for the purpose of stopping the attacking progress of the puck carrier and/or to separate the carrier from the puck.


  • Group 1 | 6:05 PM
  • Group 2 | 7:10 PM