1 on 1 Big Arc Backchecking

1 on 1 Big Arc Backchecking

Checking & Angling, Defensive Zone, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Shooting, Team Skill Drills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL5r5bGdL7E Here's a Simple Drill that Hits on Quite a Few Subtleties This is a simple drill, with a simple setup, that can be used to address a lot of different pieces of the game, including Lane Control, Body Positioning, and One Timer Shots on both Proper and Off Wings. 1 on 1 Big Arc Backchecking Players line up as shown, offensive player starts slightly in front of the backcheckerOn the whistle, both players skate the arc, looping around both conesOffensive player tries to gain positioning and open up to receive a pass from the coachDefensive player tries to keep the other player from receiveing the pass Variation: Send two offensive and two defensive players together CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRINTOUT
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“Precision” Practices, and When to Use Them

“Precision” Practices, and When to Use Them

Coaches' Corner, Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing, Philosophy, Regroups, Team Systems Drills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hclx8eHPPnc I sometimes get questions about practice planning, and how to decide what to work on in a given situation. Here's a quick look over my shoulder for a practice I ran, as a guest coach, this past Saturday. I was asked to run a practice this past Saturday for my friend who coaches the local high school team. Their playoff schedule had changed, and this practice was scheduled at the last minute. Unfortunately, it was scheduled when he would be out of town with a prior engagement. Normally, this wouldn't be a huge deal. But in this case it was. This was what will end up being the last practice of the season. And if the team wins out the rest of their games in playoffs, it will have…
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ZigZag Touch Pass – Quarter Ice

ZigZag Touch Pass – Quarter Ice

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6gSZO7PI0Q Here's a great alternative to the Circle Passing Drill if you're working in a condensed-space setting. I came up with this as a modification to the Circle Passing Drill, which I shared last week. Use this variation if you’re working with a condensed ice situation, like half ice or quarter ice. ZigZag Touch Pass Coach starts the sequenceTouch pass and follow your passLast player shoots and peels out for a breakaway DOWNLOAD PDF PRINTOUT HERE
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Circle Passing: 5 & 6-Man Versions

Circle Passing: 5 & 6-Man Versions

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMt4QPKanQs This drill is can be used for working up to more complex passing-in-motion drills. When teaching new passing skills, I generally like to start with stationary passing. We may spend more or less time at this phase, depending on the age and skill level of the players I'm working with. But the intent is to workout the mechanics of the skill, without any other variables. The eventual goal is to be able to perform complex passing and timing drills, game situation drills, area passing, with game like speed and game like pressure... but we have to build up to that point. This Circle Passing Drill is a great "interim" drill to build from stationary drills to the more complex stuff described above. It incorporates a bit of movement, and…
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Cross-Ice 3 Pass & Shot Drill

Cross-Ice 3 Pass & Shot Drill

Hockey Drills, Individual Skill Drills, Passing & Timing, Shooting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63PMAJn7gnU Here's an awesome drill I came up with to add a little "flow" in a station setting. Player skates out and receives a pass from the first player in the line straight acrossTouch pass backLoop and receive pass from the other line, as shownShoot Variation: If it's going well, add the stretch pass variation as shown in the blue lines DOWNLOAD PDF PRINTOUT HERE
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