Serpentine Drill



Serpentine Drill is Great for Youngsters, and Helpful for Older Kids too!

The Serpentine Drill is a great progressional drill if you’ve been working on power turns. This drill develops power turns with the puck, and can incorporate some passing and shooting as well. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

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1. Players line up as shown
2. Puck carrier drives deep, power turns around the low cone, and explodes up ice
3. Puck carrier passes to next player in line, then loops around the high cone
4. Next player passes back to the receiver, then skates up to the center line, picks up a puck, and starts the drill over


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Butterfly Passing Drill



Butterfly Passing is a Simple but Effective Hockey Passing Drill

Butterfly Passing is a great drill to work on passing fundamentals with youngsters, and to iron out technical “wrinkles” in more experienced players. Although the drill itself is simple, players should use this drill as an opportunity to work on passing accuracy in stride, and should focus on precise execution at full speed. Here’s the diagram:

Butterfly Passing Drill:

1. Two lines at one end, the width of the goal posts
2. Players skate in pairings all the way down the ice, passing back and forth while maintaining stride
3. At far end, players peel off, around the bottom of each’s respective circle, then skate back making cross-ice passes back into the zone they started from

Variation: have d-men skate backward

Enjoy!


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Hymas Square Drill



Hockey Passing Drills like this one can be great tools to run high-tempo practices

One of my players, Nate Hymas, showed me this one a couple of years ago. So, I called this the Hymas Square Drill (or the Wag the Dog Drill – since Hymas is one of those players who loves to give input). Either way, this is a great, quick-paced, heads up passing drill. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

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1. Players in opposite corners pass straight ahead
2. Passes go around the square
3. Players who started the drill skate around the circle and receive pass back from the same line they left from

Option 2: Similar to the first option, but now incorporates backward skating. See Diagram 2

Enjoy!


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3 Pass and Shot Drill



The 3 Pass and Shot Drill is Great to Warm-up Your Passing and Timing

The “3 Pass and Shot Drill” is a great Hockey Drill that can be utilized in many different practice scenarios. I like to use it as a warm-up drill, but it can also be used to develop passing and timing concepts, or to work on one-touch passes or shooting. Here’s the diagram:

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1. Players line up in two lines, at the blue lines
2. Each line has pucks
3. On the whistle, the first player from each line skates across the blue line and receives a pass from the opposite line
4. The receiver controls the pass and gives a pass back to the player who passed to him
5. After giving the return pass, the player circles around, presenting himself as an option in the receiving zone, where he receives a pass from the line he originally left from
6. Receiver turns up ice and takes a shot, then skates to the back of the other line

Enjoy!


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Wiseman Drill

Click Here for a printout of the Wiseman Drill you can take to the rink with you.

The “Wiseman Drill,” named after one of my old coaches, is a great passing and timing drill (one of my favorites!). This drill incorporates many game simulation concepts such as one-touch passes, timing, support, offensive attack, and odd-man rushes. Furthermore, there are numerous variations and options you can work through with your team. So be creative, and have some fun with this one!

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