Timing and Support Tactics

Timing and Support: Two concepts that can greatly enhance a player’s ability to read and react!

Timing and Support are extremely important concepts for a hockey player to understand. Having a sound understanding of these key concepts will allow him to adjust to different coaching styles and systems, no matter what the positional set-up may be.

In this video, I show an example of timing, support, and multiple receiving zones, using a simple “swing” regroup. For a more extensive explanation of these concepts, check out Hockey Canada’s “Goals” video series 1 and 2. These videos can be purchased at http://breakaway.hockeycanada.ca/


3 Man Weave

The 3 Man Weave is a Simple, but Highly Effective Hockey Passing Drill!

Use the 3 Man Weave to teach and reinforce key concepts like timing, support, and offensive zone triangulation. As skill progresses, increase the demand on the players. I like to insist that all my lines are able to get in three stick-to-stick passes before the far blue line, then a controlled attack on net. Here’s the diagram:

3_man_weave3 Man Weave
1. On whistle, center passes to one of the two wingers, who is cutting through the middle for a pass.
2. After making the pass, the passer loops in behind the receiver, providing back-side support, then explodes up ice to become the front side option for the 3rd player.
3. Receiver picks up the pass, then head mans to the 3rd player, who is providing a front-side passing option
4. Passer loops in behind the receiver, and all three players weave down the ice.
5. After crossing the blue line, the puck carrying forward becomes F1 and drives wide, the second forward becomes F2 and drives to the far post, the third forward becomes F3 and trails, thus creating the “Attack Triangle”