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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Drill Design for Hockey Coaches: How to Modify Drills to Fit Skill Capacity and Space Constraints

Drill Design for Hockey Coaches: How to Modify Drills to Fit Skill Capacity and Space Constraints

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qOVOe-OMYc "I'm a new coach. I played at some pretty high levels, including pro. Now I'm a dad, looking to coach my kids. I have lots of drills, but they're too advanced for the group I'm working with... I'm having a hard time scaling them down to the skill level of my team; and we're sharing ice too, so I need to downsize the drills for a half-ice or station setting." I received this in an email from a coach a couple of weeks ago. Modifying drills for less experienced players, or downsizing drills to fit in smaller spaces can be tricky. It definitely takes some trial and error, and can often push us outside our comfort zones. I've actually been functioning in this state of "discomfort" for the past…
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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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Sample U8 Station Practice

Coaches' Corner, Philosophy
https://youtu.be/LB9b7xtWqB0 Station Practices: Suggestions and Recommendations Our U6 & U8 program has grown extensively over the past few years. When my oldest son, Tyler, started playing in 2011, we had 3 teams total, and that was with the U6's and U8's combined. This year (2019), we've got 8 teams total; 3 U6 teams, and 5 U8 teams. Luckily our home facility is the Olympic Oval, so we have a ton of space and extra options that most programs wouldn't have as possibilities. I get quite a few questions about structuring a U6 & U8 program, so I thought I'd share a few of the key points that have worked for us. This has been (and still is) a work in progress. But, I've had at least one kid at U8…
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