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Puck Challenge



The Yankton Area Ice Association is sponsoring a Puck Challenge for all registered youth hockey players. The overall goal of this initiative is to increase shot speed, quickness, and accuracy. The players will do the shooting on their own in a garage, against a tarp, into a net, or any other type of shooting station that can handle pucks. Players interested in this off-season shooting incentive must follow the ten-week program, which will run:

Session 1 

April 18 –  June 26

Session 2

June 27 –  September 4


-Players who complete one of the Puck Challenge Sessions will each receive a Puck Club Prize (Prizes Yet To Be Determined).

-Players who complete both of the Puck Challenge Sessions will get a Puck Club Prize (Prizes Yet To Be Determined).

Items needed for the 2021 YAIA Puck Challenge


-Hockey Gloves

-Pucks (10-20 is recommended)

-Shooting area (Garage, Basement, backyard, etc.)

-Shooting Surface (Shooting Pad, Concrete Floor, Driveway, Plastic Sheet)

-Net, Tarp, Wall, or any type of stationary object that can handle pucks and have established targets to shoot at.





Questions regarding the YAIA Puck Challenge can be referred to Chad Kapla.


Questions regarding how to log the information in NGIN can be referred to Randy Eichacker.

Terry Pedersen

Terry Pedersen


Phone: 605-660-3118

Randy Eichacker


Phone: 605-661-3486

Week 1

Wrist Shot Low Corner

Week 2

Wrist Shot Top Corner

Week 3

Backhand Shot Low Corner

Week 4

Backhand Mid-Upper

Week 5

Wrist / Snap Shots

Mini-Mite through Squirt - Regular wrist shots only (all corners)

Peewee through Varsity - Snap shots only (Half lower corners; Half upper corners each day)

Week 6

Wrist Shot - Half Low / Half High

Regular wrist shots only - (Half lower corners; Half upper corners each day) 

Back foot should be on a bench or bucket equal to knee

Week 7

Backhand - All Corners

Week 8

Wrist / Snap Shot

Mini-Mite through Squirt - Wrist shots only (Half on the front foot; Half both feet with a step at net /per day)

Peewee through Varsity - Slap shots only (Lower corners only)

Week 9

Backhand - All Corners

Mini-Mite through Squirt - Backhand shots only (all corners) 

Peewee through Varsity - Slap shot (Mid to high corners)

Week 10

Any Shot / Slap Shot

Mini-Mite through Squirt - Alternate shots and alternate targets 

Peewee through Varsity - Slap shots alternating upper and low corners