Some coaches like me to do a diary each year and post our practice plans which are based on the ABC philosophy. This year I am coaching a U18 Midget Elite Girl's AA team that plays in the Alberta Provincial league consisting of 12 teams.
The purpose of this site is to continually update the coaching manual and add ABC coded practice activities.
The code key:
A - Individual skills and skating.
B - Partner and team skills with no opponents.
C - Game situation drills where you are trying to score vs. opponents.
D - Games to teach the game.
DT - Transition games where the C drills are practiced as continuous games with no whistles.
E - Shootouts and contests.
F - Fitness skating.
G - Goaltending.
O - Off-ice training.
T - Coach directed training.
T1- Individual offensive skills.
T2 - Team offensive skills.
T3 - Individual defensive skills.
T4 - Team defensive skills.
The coding also tells where the drills are done on the ice and can be combined. This makes it easy to find practice ideas.
I will post the practice plans as the year progresses.
I have attached the pdf. with youtube video of most of the drills up to the start of drill section 15. The playlists have the new drills. YouTube video hockey drill and game playlists by country and level of hockey.
We had a pre-season tournament to finish choosing our team. Played 4 games and won all 4. Lethbridge, 4-2, Team from Northern Alberta 9-1, Okanagan Hockey Academy 3-1 and Edmonton 2-1. We had to go from 7 to 6 D and 13 F to 11 F. Not fun for anyone but we cut down to the required numbers and now have our team. The players not chosen are our affiliates.
The games showed us what we need to focus on in practice and let us get to know the players better. Great group.
This is a review of Team Play using table top hockey players with magnets for skates and a metal rink about the size of a kitchen table. I got the board at a Hockey Canada coaching symposium in Toronto in 1996. The company doesn't make them anymore but it is a great 3D way to go over team play.
By: TomM (offline) Tuesday, October 31 2017 @ 04:33 AM GMT
Fire White Practice Plans 10 - 24/25/26 - 17
AAA/AA Special Teams Scrimmage - Oct. 24, 2017
Format of scrimmage: It was a 75' ice time. 10' warm-up, 10' 5-4, 10' 4-5, 10' 5-3, 10'-5-3, 10' 6-5, 10' 5-6. After each segment the clock is reset and the players come to the bench for a 3' review with the coach and then play for 7'. Straight time.
By: TomM (offline) Friday, November 17 2017 @ 04:35 AM GMT
Fire White Practice Plans 11 - 16 - 17
Lots of skill work then Wally Kozak did a lot of work on defensive zone coverage using the Bob Murdoch sequence starting with a tight 2-1-2 with two strides and stop then progressed to aggressive dzone.
Fire White Practice Plan 11 - 22 - 17
Power Play Review and focus on the slap shot as a fundamental skill for the one timer.
By: TomM (offline) Friday, December 08 2017 @ 04:56 AM GMT
Fire White Practices 12-5-7-17
We also practiced Dec. 6 but I was sick and stayed home and my assitant coaches ran a practice where they focused on puck handling, passing, power play and quick puck support.
Dec. 7 Wally Kozak did a great breakout sequence again for the players who missed it last week. We have six injuries and some are coming back. I will put it together when I get a chance but it is very workthwhile.
Played an away game Friday night. Won 1-0 with only one goal on 30 shots. Shots were 30-18 and we didn't put in most of our chances. So Saturday's practice 12-9-17 had a lot of focus on scoring and attacking with speed.