Coaches this is a tool to help plan practice.
Coaches, here is a link to a few diagrams (600 or so). It is a quick way to scan the drills and games as they are organized with our coding system of ABCDEFG - DT - T which makes it a lot easier to find drills on;
A - individual skills and skating.
B - partner skills.
C - game situation skills where you are trying to score vs. an opponent.
DT - Transition games which take the C game situations and turn them into games using one puck where you must play both offense and defense. (this is where most practices are lacking at both the youth and pro levels.)
D - games for skill and team play.
E - shootouts and contests.
F - fitness focused activities.
G - goaltending
T - coach directed team play activities (mostly for the highter levels.)
https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=bd6fa116988317e9&resid=BD6FA116988317E9!3274&parid=BD6FA116988317E9!111&authkey=!AOgs6KyWsmPjpZI You can right click on the diagram and copy it to your hard drive and then insert it into the TCW practice template.
You can scan them by putting the cursor over them and the title is there. Most are written up with pdf's on this site and over half have video demonstrations. To find them on the site, use the search function at the top of the homepage.
The last one is a practice planning template that is a Word document. TCW Practice outline. You can insert any diagram over the empty diagram to design a practice plan and then Save As whatever you call it and the original template will stay intact. I will post a pdf example.
Ability Appropriate Practices:
I don’t say age appropriate because there are exceptions. I had an 85 born group for two springs where we practices 40 times each year for 90 minutes over 12 weeks and went into two tournaments. These boy’s were 11 first year and 12 the next. I could do anything with this group that a U20 team could do. Four of them are still playing pro. One was in the Stanley Cup finals last year, one is up and down from NHL to AHL, one who won the Hobey Baker is back from Europe and playing AHL and one is in the CHL. All but one played at least Jr. A (he quit at 14). So in the first years up to about 10 it is Age Appropriate but after that it is Ability Appropriate where the practices have to match the ability or as Juuso says; ‘Too easy bores and too difficult frustrates.’
Guideline to Practice Progression For Practice
13-16 A-B-C-D-DT-E-F-G-T The A is for warm up and the B at higher speed.
Above 16 A-B (warm up and review) C-D-DT-E-F-G-T (there will be more focus on team play)
PDF's of Drills and Games:
The benefit of the diagrams is they can easily be inserted into the practice planning template. The pdf's give the description, diagram and most of the time a video link and the coding makes it easy to find and do a progression according to the level a team is playing.
Drill and Game PDF's: All of the drills and game practice PDF's are organized with the ABC coding system along with an explanation of the codes. I update the folder with the new material:
This is a PRACTICAL coaching tool that is easy for coaches to use. I find it a great planning tool and way to plan practices and then share them with my asst. coaches and players as well as to keep a record of practices.