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Musical Pucks



Musical Pucks is a great game to help youngsters work on crossovers

Working on crossovers can be hard and frustrating for many young hockey players. I’ve found that turning skill development drills into shooting drills or games can make them a lot more fun and motivating to work on. Musical Pucks is a small area game that demonstrates this tactic well. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

musical_pucksMusical Pucks

1. Put one less puck in the middle than you have players on circle
2. Players cross over until whistle
3. On whistle, each player tries to get a puck – whoever doesn’t get one is out
4. Make sure to run it both directions so players practice crossing over both ways.

Enjoy!!


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3 on 3 “D” Support



3 on 3 “D” Support is a great small area game to work on game situations in tight quarters

This small area game drill give players a chance to work on quick transitions, give and go passes and set-ups, and swinging to become a passing option. It’s a fantastic drill that can be used by teams at almost any level! Here’s the diagram:

3on3_d_support3 on 3 “D” Support

1. Forwards battle 3 on 3 in NZ, but can’t pass imaginary goal line.
2. If puck passes goal line, respective defenseman must break it out (he can grab a new puck to keep up the pace).
3. Forwards must swing to get open. Opposing forwards can pressure Defenseman, but can’t cross line.
4. Defenseman can’t cross line either.

Enjoy!


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On the Dot 3 on 2



Here’s another great Small Area Game Drill to work 3 on 2’s and quick transitions

This can be a fantastic drill, depending on the skill level of your players. At best it’s a quick-paced, high-intensity, odd-man-rush drill. At worst it can be quite slow, with too much standing around… So, as I’ve often said, USE YOUR “INFINITE WISDOM” AS COACH to determine whether this drill will be a good fit for your team 🙂

on_the_dotOn the Dot 3 on 2

2 on 2 plus 1. Players on dots can pass or shoot, but can’t leave the dots.

Make it 3 on 3 plus 1 after a while

UPDATE: I suggest letting the “dot men” move anywhere within their half, so it becomes a true 3 on 2 in each zone (notice added cones)

Enjoy!!

Weiss


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Center Boundary 2 on 1



Here’s one of my favorite Small Area Games to work 2 on 1’s and quick transitions

The Center Boundary 2 on 1 is a fabulous small area game drill that works on quick transitions and 2 on 1’s in tight areas. Since there are 6 players participating at once, there isn’t a lot of waiting around between turns. Keep the “shifts” short; between 1:00 to 1:30, and make sure the players are going hard the entire time! Here’s the explanation and diagram:

center_line_boundaryCenter Line Boundary 2 on 1

1. Set up a 2 on 1 in each side.
2. Nobody can cross the center line.
3. When the defender gets the puck back, he/she must pass the puck across the line to the forwards on the other side.

Start with 2 on 1, work up to 3 on 2.

Enjoy!!


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Half Ice Hockey Drills to Add to Your Drill Library

With the cost of ice time going up, many teams are sharing practice sessions, especially at the younger age groups. The need for half ice hockey drills continues to grow, and has been a highly requested topic from our readers. So, instead of just doing a video or two, I put together 9 of my favorite half ice hockey drills spanning across all levels of play… beginner to advanced. I’ve also included a printable PDF version as well as the Importable DrillDraw files, if you want to bring all this stuff to the rink with you. You’ll find the links at the bottom of this page.

Here we go!!

1. Quad Passing:
1. Players 1 and 2 execute five passes between themselves (soft hands!)
2. After the fifth pass, player 1 does a touch-pass give and go with player 3, then another touch pass to player 4.
3. All players rotate as shown.

2. Cycle Give and Go:
1. Player from line 1 leaves with the puck and walks up the boards, then cycles back to player from line 2.
2. Player from line 1 drives through the seam for a give and go pass, receives the pass from player 2, then one-touches to player 3 or 2 for a one-timer.
3. Figure 8 Shooting & Deflection:
1. Forwards line up in corner with pucks.
2. Three defensemen across the blue line. Two have pucks, one doesn’t.
3. First forward passes to the defenseman without a puck then skates around the top of the circle and drives the net.
4. Far defenseman times it and fires a low, hard shot that arrives just as the forward gets to the net.
5. Forward deflects the puck then continues down around the other circle.
6. Forward continues up around the top of the circle then drives the net again.
7. Defenseman who received the initial pass times it and fires a low, hard shot that arrives just as the forward gets to the net.
8. Forward deflects the puck then stops in front of the net to screen the goalie and get ready for the third shot.
9. Middle defenseman fires a low, hard shot. Forward deflects it then drives in any rebound.

4. Perpetual Cycle:
1. Coach dumps a puck in – first player goes into corner and picks up the puck, and cycles it back.
2. A second player follows him in to pick up the cycle.
3. After cycling it back the first player cuts across the top of the circle and drives the net – second player passes out for a one-time shot.
4. After the pass is made, the first player from the other line dumps it in his corner.
5. The player who just made the pass continues up around the top of the circle, then drives into the corner to pick up the dump, and start the cycle from the other corner.
6. Drill continues perpetually.

5. Stop & Start Shooting:
Great drill for younger players. Simple, but effective!
1. Players execute starts and stops with a puck, as shown.
2. After the stops and starts, players execute a power turn, then take a shot.
3. Make sure players face the same way with each stop.

6. Give & Go Shooting:
1. First player passes out to point man – then attacks
2. Point man bank passes back to next player in line
3. Receiver executes a give and go with point man
4. Point man shoots
5. Player who attacked becomes new point man
7. Center Line Boundary 2 on 1:
1. Set up a 2 on 1 in each side.
2. Nobody can cross the center line.
3. When the defender gets the puck back, he/she must pass across the line to the forwards on the other side.
4. Start with 2 on 1, work up to 3 on 2.
8. Figure 8 Angling:
1. Players start facing each other on dot
2. ‘F’ picks up a puck and drives wide
3. ‘D’ skates around cones as shown, then angles
4. ‘F’  has to drive around lower cone before cutting to the net

Variations: (a) take out the cone at hashmarks (b) allow forward to cut inside earlier


9. Larsen Give and Go:
1. First player leaves hash mark, turns the corner and receives a pass from the next player in line.
2. He then carries the puck around the next cone, and does a give and go with the passer (P) at the red line.
3. After receiving the pass back from ‘P’, he does another give and go with the ‘P’ in the corner, then fires a one-timer on net.

TIP: have your players use the inside mohawk to round the turns!

There you have it! Hopefully these come in handy for you.

Enjoy!


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