How to make your own stick handling trainer

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Welcome to HockeyTutor4u.com's DIY Video Series - How to make a stick handling trainer. In this blog, you will be creating your very own stick handling trainer using materials commonly found around your home. In a store, a stick handling trainer may cost anywhere from $75 - $150. However, in this DIY project, we'll show you how to create one for yourself for under $20 and in some cases $0.

Before we get started let's look at our supply and tool lists:
Tools needed:
  • Drill
  • Drill bit(s) - sized to your bolt diameter
  • Pliers or wrench
  • Sandpaper
  • Saw or bandsaw
  • Screwdriver
Supplies needed:
  • 1 Board per section(old hockey sticks work well)
  • 1-2 Bolt(s) (see sizes below)
  • 1 Nut (per bolt)
  • 1-6 Washer(s)
  • Can, puck or other vertical stacking object (we are using two tuna cans per vertical connection)
  • Tape (preferably hockey tape)
Stick Handling Training Tool DIY Video


Step 1: Create your components
In this step, we're going to create the components that will make up each of your stick handling tool sections.

Component #1: Bridge Boards
  • Determine the material you are going to use for each bridge section
  • Cut the material into approximately 12"-16" sections (we'll need three for this demonstration)
  • Ensure the cut ends are sanded and smooth when finished
Component #2: Vertical risers
  • Determine the material you are going to use for each riser
    1.    Suggested options: Blueberry can, Tuna can or Hockey pucks
  • If you use a recyclable can(s) make sure you do the following preparation
    1.    a. Clean the can thoroughly to ensure there is no food or smells on or coming from the can.
         b. Optional: remove any labeling
    WARNING: Ensure there are no sharp edges. If there are, use pliers, hammer or other tool to flatten any raised edges and apply a covering to prevent the user from being cut. If you cannot prevent sharp edges - DO NOT USE that material. Find something else.
  • Ensure the height of your riser(s) totals at least 3-5/8" in height. This will allow a street hockey ball to roll under the bridge bar.
  • In our example, we will stack two tuna cans together and tape the seam between the two cans with hockey tape.
Component #3: Hardware You will need the following pieces of hardware per vertical assembly
  • 1 bolt (4 1/2" long by 1/8" in diameter (or larger)
  • WARNING: The bolt should not be longer than the completed vertical assembly
  • 4 Washers for an "adjacent" setup up or 5 washers for a "stack" setup
  • 1 Locking washer (if you don't have one just add another regular washer)
  • Nut (1/4" approx.)

Step 2: Drill your holes for assembly
In this step, we're going to create the hole through our vertical assembly that enables us to assemble the components we created or collected in step 1.

  • Gather both bridge boards and the vertical riser assembly
  • Prepare your drill with a drill bit larger than the diameter of the bolt you will be assembling your vertical components with but smaller than the outer diameter of your washers.
  • Drill one hole on each end of the bridge board approximately 1/2" from the end of the board and centered between the outer edges.
  • WARNING: When you drill through your bridge board you may have sharp edges that will need to be cleaned and smoothed out before assembly. Failure to do so can lead to injury.
  • Mark the vertical riser and drill a hole down through the center of the vertical riser if you are using the "stacking" option or drill two holes approximately 3/4" from the edge of the riser (one directly opposite from the other).
  • WARNING: When you drill through your riser you may have sharp edges that will need to be cleaned and smoothed out before assembly. Failure to do so can lead to injury.
  • After smoothing each drilled hole place a piece of cloth hockey tape over the hole or edge as an added layer of protection prior to assembly.

Step 3: Assemble your components
In this step, you'll assemble all the components together to make a completed vertical section. You can choose to either stack bridge sections one on top of the other or attached them adjacent to each other. Here are the steps for both options:

Option A: Stacked Bridge Boards
  • Gather all the components
  • Place one washer onto the bolt
  • Insert the bolt, with the washer on it, into the hole at the end of the top bridge board
  • Place one washer onto the bolt
  • Place the bottom bridge board onto the bolt
  • Place 3-4 washers onto the bolt (depending on your height needs)
  • Slide the riser onto the bolt
  • Place one locking washer onto the bolt
  • Place the nut onto the bolt tightening it down to ensure a secure connection
  • WARNING: If you tighten it to hard you may end up locking the full assembly into a position that will be difficult to adjust.
Option B: Adjacent Bridge Boards
  • Gather all the components
  • Place one washer onto the bolt
  • Insert the bolt, with the washer on it, into the hole at the end of the top bridge board
  • Place 3-4 washers onto the bolt (depending on your height needs)
  • Slide the riser onto the bolt
  • Place one locking washer onto the bolt
  • Place the nut onto the bolt tightening it down to ensure a secure connection
  • WARNING: If you tighten it to hard you may end up looking the full assembly into a position that will be difficult to adjust.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for each vertical assembly

We hope you will find that one of these two options work best for you. Good luck and remember
"Practice the way you want to perform in a game!"