The Fukami Breakout Warm-up Drill is a great drill to get everybody moving. It incorporates a little bit of everything, and even involves the goalies in the play. Here’s the diagram:
Fukami Breakout Warm-up
1. On the whistle, forward dumps a puck on net
2. Goalie sets the the puck up for the defenseman, who has skated back to retrieve it
3. Forward times his/her skating, and explodes through the middle to receive a pass from the defenseman, then shoots
Variation: The forward can delay in the corner, then make a pass to the defenseman for a shot on net. (Not shown)
The Give and Go Corner Drill is EXTREMELY effective for the really young age groups!
This is an awesome drill for the really young players. It works on a number of key skill elements such as giving and receiving passes, skating to a receiving zone, power turns with the puck, and shots. Here’s the diagram:
Give and Go Corner Drill
1. Quick give and go with explosive start out of the corner
2. Skate around the cone and take a shot with your feet moving
Note: Teach your players to call for the pass back. It’s never too early to teach communication!
The Perpetual Backcheck Drill is a great competition drill to keep players motivated and having fun while working on their conditioning. I use this one quite often with my own teams. Here’s the diagram:
Perpetual Backcheck Drill
1. First player in each line leaves and receives a pass from the coach.
2. Each player skates full speed down the ice and takes a shot.
3. Next player in line can’t leave until the shot has been taken.
4. After the shot, the shooter will peel off and backcheck the next player in line.
5. Drill continues perpetually.