Musical Pucks

Musical Pucks

Fun, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Misc. Drills, Skating & Agility, Small Area Games, Team Skill Drills
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 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!! USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:
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3 on 3 “D” Support

3 on 3 “D” Support

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Hockey Drills, Small Area Games, Team Skill Drills
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: 3 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! USE THIS…
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On the Dot 3 on 2

On the Dot 3 on 2

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Half Ice Drills, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Misc. Drills, Shooting, Skating & Agility, Small Area Games, Team Skill Drills
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 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…
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Center Boundary 2 on 1

Center Boundary 2 on 1

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Half Ice Drills, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Misc. Drills, Passing & Timing, Shooting, Small Area Games, Team Skill Drills
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 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…
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9 Half-Ice Hockey Drills Every Coach Should Know About

9 Half-Ice Hockey Drills Every Coach Should Know About

Checking & Angling, Half Ice Drills, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Misc. Drills, Passing & Timing, Shooting, Small Area Games, Team Skill Drills
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…
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