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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Quarter-Ice Perpetual Cycle

Quarter-Ice Perpetual Cycle

Hockey Drills, Offensive Zone, Team Skill Drills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPvisUll0_k Great drill to work on the both the high cycle and low cycle in a quarter-ice setting. I developed this drill as a modification to the Perpetual Cycle Drill when working in smaller spaces, or when your group is too large to keep everyone moving in the original version. Quarter Ice - Perpetual Cycle P1 dumps puck in to corner from line and swings in to pick it upP2 follows up and receives the cycleCycle give and go with a shotP3 dumps puck in on the other side of the netP2 loops back into the zone and cycles the other wayP3 follows up, receives the cycle, and passes out front to P2Drill repeats  DOWNLOAD PDF PRINTOUT HERE
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Teaching Defense to 7-Year-Olds

Teaching Defense to 7-Year-Olds

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Defensive Tactics, Hockey Drills, Individual Skills, Skating, Team Skill Drills, Team Skills, Team Strategy
Teaching Defense to 7-Year-Olds I recently received an email asking about 1 on 1 strategy for 7-year-old defensemen. The coach asked whether he should be teaching the players to play it skating backward (even though they don't skate well backward yet), or starting forward then pivoting backward, or something else altogether. I thought it was a great topic for discussion, and one I'm currently dealing with as well, since I'm working with the same age group on my son's team. So... as I always say, here's my two cents worth: Angle First, then Build to Backwards Most 7-year-olds aren't capable of skating backwards well enough to play a proper 1 on 1. But there are still 1 on 1s in games. So what do you do? Here's my strategy: Put…
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Stop & Start Angling

Stop & Start Angling

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Checking & Angling, Hockey Drills, Team Skill Drills
Stop & Start Angling I used this drill last week with a group of Mites and Squirts in a local clinic here in Salt Lake City. It was a progression from some of the skills we had been working on earlier in the session. This drill combines stops and starts, angling, and drive skating. Stop & Start Angling: 1. Players line up as shown, offensive player (white) in the corner, defensive player (blue) toward the middle, players waiting in line near the blue line. 2. Offensive and defensive players start facing each other. Each stop and start is to be done facing each other. 3. On the whistle, players run a mini ladder: out to the first cone and back, then out to the second cone and back. 4. After…
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Pressure v. Contain 1 on 1

Pressure v. Contain 1 on 1

1 on 1's, 2 on 2's, 2 on 1's, 3 on 2's, Checking & Angling, Defensive Zone, Team Skill Drills
Pressure v. Contain 1 on 1 Good drill from the PIJE drill collection over at DrillDraw Pressure v. Contain 1 on 1: 1. Form groups of two around the rink. 2. In each group, there is one forward (carrier) and one defense (forechecker). 3. The forechecker tries to prevent the carrier to move toward the center: A) the forward does not have control of the puck (pressure situation), then, B) the carrier has full control of the puck (contain situation). 4. Reverse the roles for each sequence. USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:
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