What Playing FAST Means:

The THINK LESS PLAY FASTER philosophy is all about the need for competitive hockey players to acquire skills and tactical knowledge that will allow them to develop to their potential and play the game FAST. Hockey is a game of time and space and the players who can play FAST get the chance to play at the next level; the players who can’t play FAST don’t. It is simple.

For an athlete playing a team game to play FAST, the player must master the skills of their sport with proper technique and fundamentals so they can apply these skills with individual and group tactical play that is predicated on playing FAST.

Championship teams all have the ability to play FAST; these teams play the possession game, create turnovers, win the turnover ratio against their opponent and out score the opponent with superior defence and offensive tactical ability which is based on playing FAST. The teams chasing the top teams are all trying to get the best athletes to teach them the right skill levels and how to play the tactical FAST game.

In order for an athlete to play FAST the player must function at level 4 in the Hierarchy of Learning in Skill Acquisition. This applies to the athlete’s individual sport skills level and their individual tactical and group skills mastery both in knowledge and execution. A Hockey Player can only play FAST when he/she actually has the individual sport skills mastered as well as the individual and group tactical knowledge and skills mastered to compete and play FAST.

Hierarchy of Learning & Acquiring Skills:

  1. Unskilled, Unconscious
  2. Unskilled, Conscious
  3. Skilled, Conscious
  4. Skilled, Unconscious

The Think Less Play Faster coaching philosophy stays away from the teaching and coaching of hockey systems. For players to develop to their potential they must master 3 key areas of their game:

  • Individual Hockey Skills,
  • Individual Hockey Tactical Skills and Knowledge,
  • Group Tactical Skills and Knowledge.

It will take time for coaches, parents and players to catch on to the importance of teaching and coaching hockey players on playing FAST.  Youth hockey must teach and coach our young players on how to play fast for the best opportunity for them to develop and play at the next level they aspire to play.

Corey Mcnab of Hockey Canada nails it with the need for program curriculum that produces the product you are trying to see on the ice surface; that’s what player and program development is about. TLPF HOCKEY is all about a standardized DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM for COMPETITIVE HOCKEY. The focus must be on teaching and coaching competitive players proper fundamentals in their skill and tactical play. The link: