Perpetual Breakout Drill Mimics Passing Patterns Often Encountered in Games
The Perpetual Breakout is a great drill to develop hockey breakout abilities in a high-tempo, flow and timing setting. Here’s what the drill looks like:
Perpetual Breakout Explanation:
1. “Ghost man” passers start the drill by shooting then picking up a puck behind the net to initiate the breakout
2. Low forward simulates winger, and swings in to pick up board-side breakout pass
3. High forward swings through and acts as the centerman providing middle support
4. winger one-touches to center, who attacks and shoots, then initiates breakout in far zone
5. winger moves to middle line.
NOTE: winger can swing from top down, or from bottom up, depending on your team’s breakout set up.
One-Touch Timing is a great precursor to the 3-Zone Timing Drill
If you’ve followed me at all over the past few years, you know I love to use progressions to develop new skills. This is a great example of a simple drill that can be progressed into a more complex version, the 3-Zone Timing Drill.
As you begin introducing timing concepts to your players, remember to stress that it is better to be late and accelerating into the pass, than to be early and slowing down. Here’s the diagram:
One Touch Timing Drill:
Designate a Passer (P) for the first time, just to start the drill.
1. first player from each line at one side of the ice leave together
2. low man swings to receive the pass, then one-touch passes to his partner swinging through at mid-ice.
3. receiver shoots, passer picks up a puck and passes to the low man of the other line
4. drill is perpetual
NOTE: this is a GREAT precursor to the 3-zone timing drill.