Defender has to recognize who is the most dangerous player but never give a breakaway. Attackers must do everything quickly and constantly move.
1. Two attackers and one defender battle in the slot area (War Zone).
2. Coach pass to F1 the closest attacker.
3. Attacker pass to F2 or shoot.
4. Extra players on the side keep the puck in and pass to the highest attacker.
5. Defender keep the stick in the passing lane and head on a swivel to know where each attacker is.
6. Rotate every 30 seconds.
By: TomM (offline) Wednesday, March 28 2012 @ 01:07 AM GMT
C3, 2-1, from Corner and Backcheck to 3 on 3 - Sw
Attack with speed and make the first play early. Back checkers and defenseman communicate and cover one player each on the rush and in the defensive zone.
1. Blue F1 and F2 attack vs. Red D1 from the corner.
2. Red F1 and F2 wait at the blue line and attack vs. Blue D1 with a new puck on the coaches whistle.
3. Red D1 join the attack and Blue F1 and F2 back check.
4. Play 3 on 3 with Red attacking and Blue defending.
*This drill could progress to a one puck transition game by having Red D1 pass to the red forwards who could give passive support from the high slot. It could continue with 2 new attackers and one defender supporting after each rush.
Pass hard and screen the goalie. On the 2-1 the first pass should be made near the blue line to force the defender to make a decision and allow a second play. Defender stay in the middle and decide who the most dangerous attacker is. Deny a breakaway and pass across remembering it is a 2-2 with the goalie.
1. F1 give and go with D1 then walk in and shoot.
2. F2 pass to D1 at the point who drags to the slot and shoots while F1 screens the goalie.
3. F2 pass to D1 who taps puck to F1 and then F1 and F2 attack 2-1 vs. D1.
4. Next group repeat.
Here is a shot at it.
Dave those are great. Thanks.
-------------------------------------------------------- B600 Regroup Passing Drills - Slovakia U20
Double Regroup 1-0 Description
1. X1 skates backwards towards center and receives pass from X2 in his original line.
2. X1 passes to X3 at far blueline and curls to support X3.
3. X3 one touch passes down the boards to X2.
4. X1 turns back and receives pass from X2.
5. X1 continues along the blueline and passes to X4.
6. X4 one touches to X5 at far blueline.
7. X5 passes to X1 coming tgrough NZ, X1 1-0.
Run from opposite corners at the same time
2nd Drill adds some more passes and a second skater to make in a 2-0 to 1-0. Description
1.To start the drill X1 skates toward the center circle, then turns to X2 at far blue line.
2. X2 passes to X1 who one touches back to X2.
3. X1 turns back towards original line and does one touch exchange with X3.
4. X1 comes across the blue line, gets a pass from X4.
5. X4 skates towards and behind X1.
6. X1 one touches or drop passes back to X4. X1 turns up the boards in position to support X4.
7. X4 turns up ice and passes back to X1. X1 1-0
8. X4 starts next rep by exchanging with X5 at far blue, then X6 in his original line etc ... continuous.
Run from opposite corners at the same time
Attack with speed and make the first pass early when entering the offensive zone. Defender stay in the middle and tell the back checker who to cover.
1. Attacker 1 and 2 start from the hash marks 1 on the boards and 2 in the middle.
2. Defender 1 start on the blue line and 2 on goal line to backcheck.
3. Defender 2 pass to attacker 1.
4. Attackers 1 and 2 skate vs defender 1 while defender 2 backchecks.
5. Attackers try to maintain the 2-1 and score while defenders try to create a 2-2.
I am working with younger players this spring; so I am going to focus on the individual skills from the Swedish site to see if there are any new ideas there from our Scandanavian friends. The Swedes have great individual technique.
I took my college women's team to Stockholm and played some games about 5 years ago. Verner Persson, Kjell Larsen, Hans Lindberg were three of the coaches who George Kingston brought here to give two week coaching courses in the 80;s. They were all very good. When I was at the World Youth conference in Heidelberg, Germany two years ago the Swedes had a bus load of over 50 youth coaches in attendance. They really focused on improving the coaching for youth hockey.
Three springs ago the Swedish Women's Olympic Team came here to train. I watched a lot of their practices and since I know a few of the coaches I invited the staff to my house and we had a barbecue before they left for some exhibition games. There were two Swedish coaches on the Red Bull staff when I was working with them in Salzburg, Austria the 08-09 season.
So I have had quite a lot of exposure to the Swedish view of how to coach and how to play the game and have always been impressed by how thoroughly they prepare.
The Swedes, Finns, Czechs and other hockey countries have to be very good at developing players. Canada and the USA have over a half million players each. We can afford to waste players and have poor development programs because of the power of numbers. Erkka Westerlund, who was the head of Finnish Hockey, told me, 'we don't have that many players, so we can't cut a player at 12 because he is small, we have to develop everyone and give them good technique.
When I was in the Czech Republic two years ago Slavamir Lener, the head of their hockey, told me that when it was Czechoslovakia they had 82 000 players and now the two countries combined have only 32 000 players. I was offered a coaching position in Jihlava last season to be the assistant to the only english speaking coach of the U20 team (former NHL player) and coach mentor for the other coaches in the club. (they liked what I did at the hockey school and mentoring the U20 coach). They didn't get the grant from the city to pay the contract; so it didn't happen.
So it is very worthwhile to pay attention to what the other countries are doing to develop players. By the numbers they shouldn't be able to compete with Canada and the USA but last year the Finns won the IIHF worlds and the Swedes won the World U20.
They are having a coaching symposium in Stockholm during the IIHF World's but it looks like it is directed at Swedish coaches. It is posted on the same website as the drills.
I agree that we should continue to learn from other countries - the good's and the bad's. I was in meetings with Hockey Canada all weekend and the topic of 'which country is doing the best in developing players?' question came up. The Hockey Canada people really admire what is happening in Finland. Apparently, so do the Swedes as they studied the Finnish model several years ago after doing their own inventory. They have modeled much of their current system on the Finnish model and also went 'head-hunting' with money and contracts to 'raid' the ranks of the Finnish coaches in the development system. They enticed them to move to Sweden to help Swedish hockey re-establish a strong base and now have grown it back into a major contributor of hockey talent.
Hockey Canada echoed Erkka's comments - we here in Canada need to keep more kids involved longer. Right now, our membership numbers are decreasing rapidly - at the same rate the USA is increasing. However, the USA numbers do not show long-term retention meaning they have lots of kids enrolling, but they also have many only being retained for a year or two; whereas in Canada, we retain kids for a longer time with the Pee Wee / Bantam ages being where our major drop off occurs.
Both Erkka and Slava were on a Coaching Fellowship exchange in the early 1990's while I worked at Hockey Canada (the first time). They both brought some interesting insights to the game. I would recommend people take a look at their respective Drill Manuals that they produced during that time. They can be found online through Hockey Canada's site:
Transition: Defense to Offense 2010 and Transition: Game to Practice 2010
They are $20 each.
Dean Slava was assigned to work with the U of Calgary men's team when he was here. We were asst. coaches together and he drove from Prague to visit me when I was in Jihlava two summers ago. Erkka brought me to Vierumaki for two summers to run the hockey school there.
Juhani Wahlsten is considered a Father of Finnish Coaching and his playing career and contributions to coaching motivated the Finnish Association to nominate him for the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame and he was inducted about 5 years ago. Our book is based on the Finnish conceptualization of the game with everything being centred on the Four Game Playing Roles. I will visit Juhani 'Juuso' next month. He is still active with the FIHA and the Finnish Educational system.
Dean M.Ed (Coaching)
Ch.P.C. (Chartered Professional Coach)
Game Intelligence Training "Great education depends on great teaching."
Protect the puck by shielding it with the body. Use head and shoulder fakes and escape moves.
- Alternative A - 3 to 6 players are inside a circle with one puck each.
- On the whistle they play keepaway with their puck and try to knock the other players pucks out of the circle.
- Last player in the circle wins.
- Alternative B is to stay in the circle and steal other players pucks when you lose your puck and the player with the last puck wins.
Protect the puck by shielding it with the body and using fakes and cutbacks. Absorb checks by putting the hands up on the glass while holding the stick with two hands. Defensive player should always have the stick on the puck.
1. One offensive player and one defensive player.
2. Offensive player protect the puck along the boards for 10-15 seconds.
3. Defensive player maintain net side with the stick on the puck.
4. Switch roles.
Attacker skate fake outside to draw the defender then cut across inside. Attacker recognize that defender has given up the blue line and force him to skate laterally by moving back and across to create space.
1. Attacker leave from the red line with a coach or another player backing up to the top of the circles.
2. Attacker fake skating to the outside.
3. Attacker see the defender lean outside and then quickly skate inside and back and then laterally to the middle.
4. Gretzky would skate across the midline and pump fake once and then shoot as the goalie moved across.
Players should skate and make moves at full speed. If they fall sometimes that shows they are pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone, which is great. Always follow the shot for a rebound.
1. Players are lined up along the boards with one colour on each side of the red line with a net at each blue line.
2. On whistle the players skate with the puck in the neutral zone.
3. Overspeed tempo with moves and turns at a faster pace than the players usually go.
4. Shoot on one net each on the next whistle.
5. Whistle about every 7”.
Use the Waggle with head and shoulder fakes skating one way and go the other way when the defender bites. Defender skate straight at the puck carrier and then backcheck when he goes by.
1. Puck carriers in the corner and at the red line with defenders about 8 m. away.
2. Defender skate straight at the puck carrier.
3. Puck-carrier waggle with a strong fake to make the checker commit to one way.
4. Puck-carrier go hard to the net and the defender backcheck.
5. Battle for a rebound.
6. Alternate starting from the corner and then the red line.
7. Larger groups could have players in both corners and both sides at the red line.
The defender will always protect the middle so the attacker skate inside and when the defender adjusts inside then Waggle by accelerating outside and go wide. Once the attacker is past the defenders shoulder then build a wall and cut in.
1. Attacker leave from the red line vs. a coach or a passive defender near the top of the circle.
2. Attacker Waggle inside and when defender adjusts inside go outside, build a wall with the body and shoot.
3. The key is to force the defender to make lateral adjustments and not simply skate back in a straight line on the defensive side.
4. Circle back and rebound for the next shooter.
*If the defender turns while adjusting back outside it is possible to go to the middle.
Tight turn with knees bent and inside leg in front. On the forehand turn do as the goalie in the video and keep the top hand at the side and elbow back. Don’t cross your hands as you cannot shoot or pass right away (new thought being taught now).
1. Carry a puck while doing these tasks and alternate turns with a partner.
2. Do two figure eights starting to the right with turns about 8 m. apart – switch.
3. Do two figure eights starting to the left – switch.
4. Repeat facing forward all of the time.
5. Repeat using a heel to heel turn (Crosby, Selanne)
6. Repeat skating backward. Also carry only on the forehand, then only backhand.
*Avoid using pylons as repeating in the same spot ruins the ice. Players can figure out how to do a number 8 as they all go to school. There are enough lines and dots on the ice to use as guidelines without the pylons (after players are 100 lbs. or 45 kg.)
B300 Monkey in the Middle vs 1 and 2 - Russian U20
Pass with good technique and give a target. Defenders keep the stick in passing lanes.
1. Choose teams with Rock-Paper-Scissors.
2. Start with one in the middle and then two when the first mistake is made.
3. Rotate on a bad pass or give-away.
4. Move with the puck and made stick and body fakes.
5. Use various kinds of passes or have rules such as one-touch only.
Make a hard fake to cause the goalie to move and then shoot where he isn’t. Also shoot where the goalie is coming from and not where he is going. General principle is if goalie is out far deke and backs in shoot.
1. Everyone gets one shot.
2. Those who score get another shot.
3. Miss and you are out.
4. Winner is the last one left after all others have missed once.
Players must be alert to the changing situations from one to four opponents and communicate with each other. Only use one puck and pass to team mates on the whistle. Extra pucks can be dangerous when stepped on and hockey is played with one puck.
1. Teams line up near the dots outside of the blue line.
2. Coaches tell each team how many will go on the whistle.
3. Send from one to five, depending on how many are at the practice.
4. Shifts of 20”.
5. Keep score.
Players should work on selling the fake, change of pace and making the goalie move first. The goalie must time his retreat into the net to keep good angles on shots and cover the goal line on dekes.
1. Players are in the box and one puck on each blue line for every player.
2. Player from each team leaves the box and tries to score.
3. If they score they race to the box and touch the boards and then the next player can leave.
4. If they don't score they pass to the next player who comes out of the box.
5. Losing team do something for every goal they lose by.
*To make it realistic the goalie should practice starting from the goal line and coming out.
The resting players attack right away when they get a pass and the original attackers must communicate and cover one attacker each.
1. Offensive team attacks 3 on 3. It can be 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2 or 2-3 also if the coach wants to practice these situations. Up to 5-5 is possible.
2. On transition to offense the defenders pass to their teammates waiting behind the blue line.
3. Attack right away (don’t have to wait for teammates to get onside in this game.)
4. Original attackers now defend and communicate with each other on how to stop the attack.
5. After a goal the defenders is allowed to pass to the new attackers.
Players must skate hard and battle for net side body position. Player who wins the puck must protect it and the checker fight for defensive side without taking a penalty. They should play any rebound in the slot.
1. Players start behind the blue line dots and race around markers near the red line.
2. The coach passes a puck in the centre near the blue line.
3. Two players battle to get the puck and score.
4. Continue the battle while one attacks and one defends.
5. Play any rebound directly in front of the net.
6. One group vs. the other and keep score.
Defender must keep the hands down and the upper body erect by playing the attackers stick and blocking chest to chest. Bend the knees and head up in a strong athletic position.
1. Defender in the middle protect the puck on the dot and block body and knock away stick
2. Attackers stand outside of the circle.
3. Attackers take turns tying to knock the puck off the dot vs. the defender.
4. If the first rush is blocked then the next player attacks.
5. Attacker goes into the middle if he hits the puck.
The prisoner escapes by knocking a guard out of the circle. Use the legs, keep the head up on top of the shoulders back up hands down.
1. Prisoner in the middle and guards inside the circle.
2. Prisoner gets one rush at each guard.
3. A guard who is pushed outside the circle becomes the prisoner.
4. Prisoner vs. each guard once then switch if he doesn't escape.
Attacker must protect the puck and make quick fakes to create space to get to the net. Defender stay on the net side tying to unweight the attacker at the hips and keep the stick on the puck. Tie up the stick on any rebound.
1. Start with the coach above the circles passing the puck to the attacker in the mid slot with the defender on the defensive side.
2. Extra players line up on the sides on the edges of the slot.
3. Attacker protect the puck and make moves to go to the net.
4. Defender block from the defensive side with ‘Body on Body and Stick on the puck.’
5. Coach pass a new puck when it is out of the area and extra players keep the puck in play.
6. Battle for about 15 seconds before rotating.
Skate to the corner under control. Get good body position before you get tot he puck. Defender stay on the net side blocking the attack and stick on the puck.
1. Coach soft dump into the corner.
2. Blue and red player race for the puck.
3. Blue player protect the puck with the body using cutbacks and dekes.
4. Red player stick on the puck and body on body always on defensive side.
5. After the shot battle for the rebound.
6. Do from both sides.
Attacker protect the puck with the body and skates using dekes and cut backs. Defender stay on the d-side with stick on the puck. NHL now lasso's around with free hand on the back and stick on the puck.
1. One offensive player with a puck.
2. One defensive player who maintains defensive side.
3. Offensive player protect the puck with the bodys while skating along the boards.
4. Defensive player body on body and stick on the puck.
5. Defensive player can push on the hips to unweight the attacker.
6. NHL lasso's attacker with the stick around the body and on the puck and free hand on the back. Jam puck loose.
Focus on Game Playing Roles 1 (player with the puck) and 2 (players supporting the puck). Move when they get the puck. Try to make passes for one timer shots. Either the puck or the player moves.
1. Play with teams of from 1 to 5 players.
2. Each team has a joker below the goal line.
3. No one checks the joker.
4. All goals must come from plays started by the joker.
5. Play both even and odd man situations.
6. Keep score and play tournaments.
7. Progress to jokers can check jokers.
Forwards face the puck and give a target . D pass while skating. Attack with speed on the 2-1, 'one high one low, one fast one slow.' D stay in the middle, deny pass across and breakaway and seal dangerous stick on the rebound.
1. F1 and F2 regroup with D1.
2. Regroup with D2 on the opposite side and other end.
3. Attack 2-1 vs. D1.
4. F3 and F4 regroup with D2.
5. F3 and F4 regroup with D3 and attack 2-1 vs D2 at the opposite end.