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D - Round Robin Tournament

A great thing to do is to have a tournament or small tournaments go on during practice all season. Divide the team into smaller teams and play SAG or full ice games. Modify rules so that certain individual or team play skills are the focus.

This adds intensity and fun to practice.

Put up a chart and circle the winning teams. If there is a tie circle both teams. You can have a trophy or some other kind of celebration that they play for to add excitement.Laughing Out LoudBig Grin


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T2-T4 - D100 Controlled Scrimmage - RB

Key Points:
Work on team play concepts with the coaches on the ice.

Description:
Play full strength or any situation from 3 on 3 to 6 on 5. The extra players are on the bench. If the whistle goes everyone must stop where they are so the coach can give input on what he/she wants.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090730123912842


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C3, Low 2-2 F from Corner - RB Pro

Key Points:
Forwards must attack on the whistle with speed and protect the puck. Defenders must play from the net side and communicate. Play about 5-10 seconds.

Description:
Practice the offensive and defensive skills of a 2-2 with the forwards wide and starting from deep in the corners and attacking from below the goal line. The D has to communicate while seeing the puck and their man. Forwards protect the puck, cross and fight for rebounds.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090903073942333


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C3 - 2 on 2 F Attack Below the Hash - RB Pro

Key Points:
Defense must keep their heads on a swivel and sticks in the passing lanes. Control the attackers sticks in the slot. It is a battle to gain the net side between the attackers and defenders.
Attackers protect the puck. Defenders stick on the puck and body on body.

Description:
Practice the offensive and defensive skills of a 2-2 with the forwards wide and starting behind the hash marks. The D has to communicate while seeing the puck and their man. Forwards protect the puck, cross and fight for rebounds.
1. Forwards start from the wide lane along the boards.
2. Defense start from the middle lane above the hash marks.
3. Play until a scoring chance and rebound. If the puck is shot out the coach puts in another puck.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090903073940918

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A - Forward Skating Stride Video - Gaston Schaeffer

Key Points:
Players work on the forward and backward skating stride. Maintain good body position with the knees bent and weight transfer from side to side.

The toes are pointing out a little in the forward stride and in while striding backward.

Gaston Schaeffer's two skating videos give a great explanation and demonstration of the proper mechanics in English.

Description:
1. One leg push to the side with good posture and finish with a push. Do this when practicing both the forward and backward stride.
2. Long strdes forward with good weight transfer, then long strides backward.

*The video section has many other exercises that can be done using this circuit. The ABC cards, the Minnesota and other video's have many balance and agility exercises.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20100403075259345 for the video of the forward stride.


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A - Backward Striding - Gaston Schaeffer

Key Points:
Players work on the forward and backward skating stride. Maintain good body position with the knees bent and weight transfer from side to side.

The toes are pointing out a little in the forward stride and in while striding backward.

Gaston Schaeffer's two skating videos give a great explanation and demonstration of the proper mechanics in English.

Description:
1. One leg push to the side with good posture and finish with a push. Do this when practicing both the forward and backward stride.
2. Long strdes forward with good weight transfer, then long strides backward.

*The video section has many other exercises that can be done using this circuit. The ABC cards, the Minnesota and other video's have many balance and agility exercises.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20100403075402691 for video of the backward stride.


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A5 - Backward Crossovers in 5 Circles - Gaston Schaeffer

Key Points:
Back is upright, stride out with the toes pointed a little in. Transfer weight one side to the other.
Skate one direction and then the other.
A great explanation on technique is in Gaston Schaeffer's videos in the skating section.
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Description:
1. Focus on striding with outside leg.
2. Skate using each leg.
3. Hold partners sticks and face in.
4. Two skate across then around.
5. Skate the five circles 4 at a time.

Video of this circuit: http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=2010040408031239


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A3 Backward to Forward Pivots and Starts

Key Points:
Knees must be bent and the hip open for the turn. Practice in both directions.

Description:
1. Start skating backwards with a few crossovers before striding.
2. Skate the full lenght of the ice alternating back to forward.
3. Skate figure 8's going sideways to forward.
4. Skate circles forward to facing the inside. Switch directions.
5. Skate the 5 circles.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20100405064612224


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A200 - Swedish Stick Handling Circuits

This is a pdf that Joachim Holst posted in the hockeycoach.com forum when it was very active. 11 different diagrams.


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D2 - Cross Ice Game 1-1 to 5-5 Sw - Youth

Key Points:
Start practice with a game. Use full sized or small nets, tires, pylons for goals.

Description:
Play a cross ice game to warm up. Encourage the players to want the puck and try moves to create space for themselves.
http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20100414094539964

The video is in the small area games section of videos.

**I took my college women's team to Scandanavia in 2006 and we played teams from Finland and Sweden. Anders drove across the country to meet me and discuss coaching ideas. He was asked to run a skills practice while there and I filmed it. I have the entire practice in the video section but am breaking down the various ideas the next few days to show how skills can be learned using games, drills, instruction, transition games, etc. and to demonstrate how a small country with not that many players produces such skilled players who often lead the NHL in scoring (Sedin, Forsberg)


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T2 B5 5-0 Breakout Practice - U18

Key Points:
Breakout from both sides and practice all the options including D to D passes.

Description:
1. Coach dumps the puck in.
2. D go back and get the puck, move between the dots and pass or go D to D.
3. Forwards break out.
4. Pass the puck to the coach.
5. Coach dumps the puck in the other corner for another breakout.
6. Do all of the options, go, counter, wheel, reverse, reverse to wing, over.

Option: do a third breakout and the forwards skate to the red line and turn back attacking 3-2.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?s=20121101085219680


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B - Puckhandling and Passing Skills Practice

College women puck handling and passing practice Tracey Luhowy.

This practice focuses on handling the puck all around the body in drills and then in game situation.

1. Nervous system overload A300 stickhandling both a puck and tennis ball at the same time, then one with the stick on one with the skates.
2. B500 Chaos stickhandling in the nzone with a tennis ball with speed intervals.
3. B202 passing and puckhandilng tasks.
4. B5 pass and shooting from 3 lanes.
5. D400 games in each half of Perry Pearn 2 on 2.

It is in the video section under Puck Handling
http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080721043951794

The photo is at Lake Louise where we went to a mountain hostel to develop the Core Covenant that the team developed to create goals for play and behaviour. This is a very important thing to do as soon as you chose your team. The example is from a pro team in Germany that Bob Murdoch coached.


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A2-A200 Puck Handling and Skating Practice from Finland

1. A200 formation and Yashin leads the big moves warm demonstrating the skill and the kid's follow.
2. A2 skating drills for balance and edge control.
3. A200 Russian Big Moves exercises. Pro player demonstrate the big moves and the players follow.

This is a great demonstration of the Russian Big Moves Warm-up by one of the best players in the world at that time.

This practice was done at Juhani's hockey school in Mikkeli, Finland. It is beautiful lake country where he has his summer place. The focus is on Big Moves with Good Hard Fakes when puck handling. Many pro's including Yashin helped with his camps. Juhani is in the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame and is a legend in Finland.
Another IIHF hall of famer Vladimir Yursinov is the one who developed this big moves warm up. He is a Russian hockey legend as a player and coach. Between them they have developed about 70 NHL players.

In my coaching experience these puck handling exercises are the most effective way for players to develop good hands. They can be done off ice as well. Big moves and handling the puck all around the body with big fakes and protecting the puck with the body are the essentials to being a good offensive player.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080722140651119


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A300 Multiple Puck, Ball Nervous System Overload

Key Points:
Use two or more balls, pucks of different sizes, weights, bouncyness to overload the nervous system.

Description:
1. Skate around the ice and control more than one puck, ball or combination of balls and pucks.
2. Use items such as: tennis balls-light, racquet balls-bouncy, heavy pucks, light pucks, soccer balls, waffle balls-light, squash balls-small. The nervous system has to adjust to each weight and size and control the amount of pressure applied on each object.
3. Progress in the amount and variation of objects and then reduce the number every few minutes until the player is handling one puck.

- A routine I have a pro player do is; skate around the ice with a tennis, racquet and hockey ball. After one lap I take away the hockey ball and replace it with a puck, another lap and I replace the tennis ball with another puck, third lap I take away the racquet ball and now he has 3 pucks. After a lap two pucks putting them back to the skates and on the stick. Then one puck doing the Russian big moves all around and thru the body.

Three videos that show examples of this warm up are:
http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080722204545165
http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080722190819598
http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20080721043951794


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C3 - 2 on 2 Forwards Attack Wide - RB Pro

Key Points:
Defense must keep their heads on a swivel and sticks in the passing lanes and communicate. Control the attackers sticks in the slot. It is a battle to gain the net side between the attackers and defenders.
Attackers protect the puck and use quick turns, picks and pivots. Defenders stick on the puck and body on body always fighting to maintain the defensive side.

Description:
Practice the offensive and defensive skills of a 2-2 with the forwards wide and starting above the circles. The D has to communicate while seeing the puck and their man. Forwards protect the puck, cross and fight for rebounds.
1. Forwards start from the wide lane along the boards. The wide forward come from behind the net for a pass.
2. Defense start from the middle lane above the circles.
3. Play until a scoring chance and rebound. If the puck is shot out the coach puts in another puck.

http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20140609101353976


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D200 - Tournament with Three Cross Ice Games

Here is an idea of how to use the ice to play tournaments on one sheet.

Incorporate one tournament per week. Two or three teams could share the ice and set up everything before so they don't waste time. I have included a diagram. Use hollow 4x4 boards, hose or rink dividers. Add rule modifications and keep score.

Use foam pads, wooden or thick hoses to divide the rink into three sections and 3 benches. Play 5-5 with 5-7 year olds and 4-4 with 9-10 year olds. A 60 minute ice time could be a 6 team round robin tournament of 10' games. 5 min. warm up and 1 min. between games to switch rinks. Continuous. After a goal take the puck out right away and go. Opposition can't pressure until one player crosses the mid line.


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I was invited to be do a hockey camp for the HC Dukla organization in Jihlave, Czech Republic. It was a great experience and a challenge to my teaching skills as only one coach, ex NHL Maple Leaf Petr Svoboda spoke english. I would meet with Petr before practice and go over everything I planned. We would then meet with the other coaches to do the same and then go on the ice. There were about 30 players from 7 to 14. We put them into a younger and older group and then divided these groups into two more groups. There were a lot of goalies so we used 4 nets and divided the ice into quarters and also cross ice into 4 groups with one coach each for the skills practice. It was a great experience and they offered me a job to be coach mentor and help Petr with the U20 team. The funding didn't work out but that is life.
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B5 - Shooting on 4 Nets - Czech Youth

Key Points:Follow your shot, rebound, practice one timers, Set up two nets on each goal line.

Description:
Players shoot on 4 nets, two on each goal line. Shoot 1-0, 2-0 or do passing low for one timers etc. You can also do up to a 2-2. Always follow the shot for a rebound and then circle back for the next players rebound.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20100818155314680


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C3 - Breakout - 1 on 1 – Regroup - RB Pro

Key Points:
Forward give a target for the pass. D drive skate behind the net then close the gap as quicly and tight as possible.

Description:
1. D1 pass to D2 on the whistle.
2. D2 drive skate behind the net and pass to F1.
3. F1 skate around the middle circle while D1 close the gap to defend.
4. F1 attack vs D1 and try to score.
5. If coach blows the whistle F1 skates around the entire circle then attacks.
6. D1 has to adjust his skating to keep a tight gap.

http://hockeycoachingabcs.com/mediagallery/media.php?f=0&sort=0&s=20090823124422369

C3 Breakout and 1-1 then Regroups - RB Pro https://youtu.be/NvnduXn18Eg


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Daily Drill Section Four – Table of Contents

A - Forward Skating Stride Video - Gaston Schaeffer
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=549#549

A - Backward Striding - Gaston Schaeffer
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=550#550

A2-A200 Puck Handling and Skating Practice from Finland
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=586#586

A3 Backward to Forward Pivots and Starts
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=559#559

A3-B500 - Skills Warm up Routine
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=475#475

A5 - Backward Crossovers in 5 Circles
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=554#554

A200 - Russian Puck-Handling Warm-up with Shots
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=477#477

A200 - Swedish Stick Handling Circuits
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=570#570

A300 - Multiple Puck, Ball Nervous System Overload
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=587#587

B - Puckhandling and Passing Skills Practice
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=585#585

B5 - Driving the Net from the Corner
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=463#463

B5 - Options Using One Quarter Ice
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=471#471

B5 - Shooting on 4 Nets - Czech Youth
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=710#710

B6 3-0 With Multiple Pucks
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=454#454

B6 - Puck Handling Skills - Pro W
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=460#460

B6 - Exchange Pucks Passing
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=466#466

B6 - Breakout and Regroup with Defense
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=498#498

B500 - Puckhandle or Pass and Shoot
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=533#533

B600 - Shooting:- Pro
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=543#543

B600 - One Touch and Shoot Warm-up
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=517#517

C1 - C600 1-1, 2-1
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=455#455

C1 - 1-1 or 2-1
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=456#456

C1 - Regroup and 1-1 or 2-1
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=457#457

C1 - Flow with Breakout Timing 1-0, 2-0
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=464#464

C2 - Continuous Flow Breakout Drill
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=469#469

C2 - Game Situations 1 on 1 to 3 on 3
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=524#524

C3 - 2 on 2 or 3 on 3
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=470#470

C3, Low 2-2 F from Corner - RB Pro
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=547#547

C3 - 2 on 2 F Attack Below the Hash - RB Pro
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=548#548

C3 - 2 on 2 Forwards Attack Wide - RB Pro
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=593#593

C3 - Breakout - 1 on 1 – Regroup - RB Pro
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=892#892

D - Round Robin Tournament
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=545#545

D2 - King's Court Tournament 1-1 to 5-5
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=544#544

D4 - Two Pass
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=468#468

D5 - 3 Small Area Games
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=449#449

D7 Formation
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=451#451

D100 - Game with One Goalie - Alternate Ends
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=474#474

D200 - Jokers in the Middle
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=458#458

D200 - Jokers at Both Ends 1-1 to 3-3
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=459#459

D2 - Cross Ice Game 1-1 to 5-5 - Sw Youth
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=571#571

D200 - Players Joining After a Give and Go 1-1 to 5-5
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=473#473

D200 - Tournament with Three Cross Ice Games
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=647#647

D500 – Baseball
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=481#481

DT100 - Game with D Joining the Attack and F Backchecking 1-1 to 2-2
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=479#479

T2 B5 5-0 Breakout Practice - U18
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=579#579

T2-4 - D100 Controlled Scrimmage – RB
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=546#546

T4 - Forechecking Practice 1-2-2 Hard Trap
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=461#461

T4 - 1-3-1 Torpedo
http://www.hockeycoachingabcs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=449&topic=516#516


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