The Passing Medley can be a great drill for the right group of players!
I designed the Passing Medley as a drill to work on multiple types of passes, both standing still, and in motion. This can be a great drill if you’ve got the right group of players. However, there are quite a few possible “points of failure.” So, if you’ve got a less-experienced team, or a wide range of skill levels from top to bottom, this might not be the optimal passing drill for you. Here’s the diagram:
1. player leaves corner and picks up pass from his line
2. after receiving the pass, he passes to (P) in the corner and gets it back
3. executes give and go with (P) on the blue line, then shoots
4. Players rotate as shown
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.