The Warm-up Pass Exchange is a great way to start your practice!
This is a cool little drill that incorporates a lot of different elements such as puckhandling, forward skating, backward skating, pivots, crossovers, passing, and shooting. It can be run at a quick pace, making for limited “stand-in-line” time.
Long/Short Passing is a Fantastic Half-Ice Passing Drill
This is a bit of a “2 for 1” half ice hockey drill, since it’s a sequential drill with a long pass, and a short pass. This drill should be executed at a quick pace, so whistle timing is very important here. Have your players focus on executing hard, accurate, stick-to-stick passes––especially on the cross-ice pass. This is a great drill for all ages and skill-levels! Here’s the explanation and diagram:
Option 1 – Long Pass
1. First player leaves line and skates through the cones as shown.
2. Next player in line fires a hard, stick-to-stick, cross-ice pass.
3. First player receives pass, skates up around the NZ cone, and fires a shot on net.
NOTE: make sure to time your whistles so players aren’t skating in front of shots.
Option 2 – Short Pass
1. First player leaves and does a tight turn around the first cone.
2. Next player in line floats a “saucer pass” over the stick and onto the stick of the receiver.
3. First player skates up around the NZ cone, and fires a hard shot on net.
NOTE: be sure to keep a quick whistle pace during this drill.