After going over all the Small Area Games that Tom has posted , I am really excited about adding some of these games next season. Some off the Transition drills or games look great.
Every coach has some favorite drills or games that work well and the young players have fun doing.
So, For the coaches that have already used these SAG games , does anyone care to share the one's that they enjoy using the most ?
Also the one's that the players seem to respond to the most ?
Yes I know it depends on the concept or theme of your practice and also the age , but just those games that seem to work well and you as a coach can see the development of your players.
My teams always like to do what Tom calls the jokers at the points. ( something like that) I called it a box game.
- One goalie,
- Two teams lined up on the blue line with coach having pucks.
- 2on 2 battle in the corners
- I like to have a rule that before they can score they must pass back to their line or the joker first. Create a 3on2 .
- rules -No guarding other teams joker. Can play 2on2 , 3on2, 3on3 etc.
- works well on battles , triangulation, getting open or support, quick puck movement.
- 15-30 second-
-puck must stay inside the blue line
Another game is a Quiet Zone 3on2 low
_ one player starts in the quiet Zone with the puck
- on the coaches whistle two fowards support him and try to score against two defenders.
- One player must stay below the goal line in the quiet zone. He can come out if a supporting play comes in.
- works give and goes, cycling , redirects, and D defending down low.
I have used others and see some of them are similar to the one's that Tom has posted.
One thing I do know is, Young players always always pick up the tempo and excitment when they play these SAG games. You also can see the development in a game and players trying what they have learned . These SAG games are the the teaching of small parts of the whole concept, and the players love it.
This is the part of the whole concept. They could then learn in a game that redirecting down low getting the opposition out of position , then moving it back to the point.
- I tell them , if there is no passing option available, or no support and you are under pressure , don't give it away , redirect the puck down low or behind the net. After playing thse small games , the player in front is now ready and waiting for it .
I know other coaches have great ideas or favourite games , anyone care to share their thoughts?