Tag: Hockey drills

Advanced Hockey Drills – 101 drill collection

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Hockey drills are the backbone of a good practice. Coaches are always scouring for new drills to try to teach a certain point, or help their players develop and enhance their skills. There are a lot of drill resources out there, however most free sources lack organization and experience. By experience I mean a coach that has actually tried the drill, modified it, tried it again, etc.

Coach Jeremy Weiss has created a great collection of 101 advanced hockey drills

Coach Weiss runs Weiss Tech Hockey which is a blog dedicated to coaching hockey and hockey drills. In this e-book he shares his collection of his 101 favourite advanced hockey drills. The categories in the book include

  • Agility drillsadvanced hockey drills book
  • Angling drills
  • Competition / Competitive drills
  • Goalie drills
  • Passing drills
  • Small area games
  • Shooting drills
  • Skating drills
  • Station drills
  • Warm-up drills

Some sample drills

Here is one of the many drills from the competition section. I love competitive drills as the players almost always give 100% effort in these types of drills. I like this one as it’s an upgrade from a similar drill I already know and love. I could easily run the drill I normally run first, and then run this one next in the sequence.

competitive hockey drillThis is a good on ice agility drill to get the kids skating and performing a number of moves. You can always modify the drill by asking the players to perform reverse pivots, mohawks / spread eagle, 360 turn, etc
hockey agility drill

How much is the Advanced Hockey Drill Book?

The e-book is only $9.99 and you can also buy the Weiss Tech systems book which I highly recommend if you are interested in choosing and developing a system to run. You can download the e-book immediately after purchasing and then have a copy on your computer, tablet, and phone so it’s always available!

How to use the Drills

This sounds silly, but having the drills alone is not enough to run a good practice. I wanted to take a few seconds to re-iterate the coaches job.

  • Challenge
  • Motivate
  • Inspire
  • Provide feedback

awesome-hockey-coachA good coach will run drills based on what the team needs to work on. Pay attention in practice and use drills that will challenge your players and help improve their weaknesses and their strengths. While running the drills provide a lot of feedback. Have the assistant coaches work the whistle sometimes while you encourage and correct the players.

That’s all for now, check out the drill book, and I strongly recommend Coach Weiss’s hockey systems book which you can also find through the links provided above.

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Bantam Hockey Drills

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If you are a Bantam coach looking to give your players a good skate, challenge them, and also run a few fun hockey drills then you are in luck. I have found a number of great hockey drills put together by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. These are all available in PDF (download link at bottom of post) but I have also broken them down to be viewed online.

Drill Time Drill Description
 8 minute  Reverse A-B-C-D Drill
  • O1 skates to centre ice
  • O2 leads O1 with timing pass
  • O1 Accelerates onto puck, drives around pylon or coach applying pressure to shoot
  • O1 continues in front of net to opposite line
  • O2 now skates to get pass from O1

To encourage players to chase rebounds and drive net after shooting you can have them continue driving to net and tapping the post with their stick after each shot.

Hockey Drill Diagram
 abdc-drill

This is a simple overspeed drill that will help the players push their comfort limit and work on their edge control.

Drill Time Drill Description
 6  Crossover Snake
  •  Crossovers around pylons
  • Continuous Crossovers, no forward striding
  • Add pucks and repeat the pattern

A good way to challenge the players is to tell them they are not getting pucks until they skate the pylons with proper technique. This means continuous crossovers, no straight lines (all crossovers), controlling the stick around pylons, two hands on stick, lead with head and stick around the pylon, don’t let the stick go over top of the pylon, use both feet in the turn for maximum control (no dragging the feet), etc

Hockey Drill Diagram
 crossover-snake-drill

This is a good drill to help defense work on slapshots from the point and reinforce forwards to drive the net. Use this drill to teach the forwards to activate their defense. Coaches can apply some pressure in the passing lanes to the slot to show when forwards should be using defense and give the players some pressure when driving the net.

Drill Time Drill Description
 6  Bantam Goalie Drill – Telescoping
  • O1 Passes to O2
  • O2 drags to the middle, taking a slapshot on goal
  • O1 moves to the net for a rebound
  • After the play, O1 and O2 race to the opposite lines, alternate sides
Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-goalie-drill-telescoping

This is a fun drill that can be used to work on certain situations. The coach can reinforce coverage in front of the net, battling in corners, puck support, watching the slot, communication between defense, etc

Drill Time Drill Description
 7  Zone Games
  • Coach spots a puck and calls 2, 3, or 4 players
  • Players from each team enter for 45 second game
  • Coach whistles to clear the zone; next group is ready to go
Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-small-area-game

This is a good high intensity drill to work on back checking, break outs and offensive zone entry

Drill Time Drill Description
 8 minutes  Hound back 3 on 0
  • O1, O2, O3 hound back to defensive zone
  • O4, O5, O6 pass to O1, O2, O3
  • O1, O2, O3 breakout 3 on 0 with speed and variety
  • Variety of team tactics through neutral zone
  • Attack G1 using Principles of Attack
Hockey Drill Diagram
 hound-back-3-0-drill

This is basically a shootout with consequences, the consequence is not quite clear in the description, you can make your own.

Drill Time Drill Description
 8 4 corner Place your bet
  • 1 vs 0
  • Scoring team receives a point
  • Non scoring team skates over
  • Alternate sides for shooting
Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-shooting-drill

This one is a bit complex, but a great drill to work on shooting, skating, and timing the passes. Once the players get it they will move well in this drill

Drill Time Drill Description
 8 minutes  Swing Drill
  • O1 begins the first repetition only, with a shot on goal
  • After the shooter releases, retrieve a loose puck from the corner and pass to O2 swinging below the circle
  • O2 take 2 or 3 steps and then passes to O3 who swings from mid ice to the outside lane
  • Players advance to the next line
Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-swing-drill

This is a nice drill for offensive zone entry and breakouts. The diagram is not too clear so you will have to use your imagination a bit when thinking up the drill.

Drill Time Drill Description
 8 minutes  3 on 3 / 3 on 1 / 3 on 2
  • O1, O2, O3 attack 3 on 0
  • After play, O’s regroup with pass from O2 and go back 3 on 1 vs ▲1
  • After the play O’s regroup with pass from O4 and attack 3 on 2 vs ▲2 and ▲3
  • O1, O2, O3 go next
Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-3on3-drill

This is a nice passing and shooting drill for the defense and forwards

Drill Time Drill Description
 8  1 on 1 Transition
  • ▲1 receives pass from O1
  • Drags to middle and shoots
  • O1 skates to net for screen or deflection
  • Coach spots puck in the neutral zone
  • ▲1 retrieves loose puck, passes to O1 for shot on goal
  • Alternate sides at start, then both sides together
  • Add a 2nd ▲ to play 1 on 1 low and 1 on 1 attack
Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-transition-drill

I like stations to keep a lot of players active at once. You will need enough coaches to run each station

Drill Time Drill Description
 8  Powerplay Skills Stations
  •  O2 give and go with O1
  • O2 Passes to O1, attack net
  • 02 executes give and go with 01, 03 passes to 01 for low forward walk out
  • △1 drags puck to middle and shoots
  • △1 retrieves puck, passes to △2, shoots on net
Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-skills-stations-drill

This is a simple drill that players like. Each player gets to work on their shot, while the goalie can work on angling.

Drill Time Drill Description
 7 minutes  Goalie drill – 5 shots
  • 01 and 02 execute low walk-outs
  • 03 and 04 take slap shots
  • 05 executes in tight breakaway
  • keep rotating positions

Reinforce hitting the net from the blue line, and quick release from in close

Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-goalie-dill-shooting

Players like this drill and it will help them be stronger on their feet and use their weight more

Drill Time Drill Description
 5 Minutes  Sumo Agility
  •  Without sticks, players battle 1 on 1 in a circle with arms crossed
  • A winner is declared when an opponent leaves the circle, falls, or touches the ice with a hand or knee

Teach power stance and contact preparation. Coach should monitor safety, can be done in a tournament format

Hockey Drill Diagram
 bantam-agility-hockey-drill

This is another fun shooting drill with some defensive pressure mixed in.

Drill Time Drill Description
 10 Minutes  1 on 1 from corner with help
  •  △1 drags puck to center, shoots on goal
  • O1 skates to the corner and retrieves a loose puck
  • O1 plays 1 on 1 against △1
  • If O1 cannot penetrate to the net, O1 returns puck to the corner and calls for “help”
  • O2 joins for 2 on 1 play
Hockey Drill Diagram
 1on1corner-hockey-drill

A good high tempo drill for defense and forwards. Forwards can drive the net, or go for the wraparound

Drill Time Drill Description
 7 Minutes  Net Drive 1 on 1
  •  O1 Carries the puck around both pylons and drives to the net
  • △1 leaves at the same time and must go between the pylons and then skate backwards
  • O1 must drive to the outside

Teach quick feet, crossovers, transition skating and puck protection

Hockey Drill Diagram
 net-drive-hockey-drill

This is a great drill for the defense to work on coverage and support in the defensive zone.

Drill Time Drill Description
 8 Minutes  2 on 2
  •  △1, △2 start and return to front of net for each play
  • O’s pair up in 3 different locations
  • Coach passes to any pair of O’s, attack 2 on 2 vs △’s
  • △1 and △2 play all three 2 on 2’s
  • G2 plays wrap around and point shots with other players
Hockey Drill Diagram
 2on2-hockey-drill-bantam

I hope you can work some of these drills into your next practice. If you are looking for more drills and coaching resources take a look at my ultimate coaches resource guide.

If you want more than just a few drills I highly recommend the Weiss Tech Hockey drillbook and Systems book. There is a lot of great information in the e-books about systems, and the drillbook has lots of drills to enforce the systems.

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Drills to Train for Shooting Accuracy

Practicing your shot can get a bit old if you are shooting on a regular basis, so I made a video showing a few drills that will make shooting a bit more fun. These drills are meant to test your accuracy, and also give you a goal to try to beat. I have embedded the video below, and underneath the video I have summed up the drills and also have a link to a shot log that you can download and use.

Drills to Improve your Shooting Accuracy

Download – Download the shot log sheet to keep track of your best times and best accuracy for each day

Video Summary

  • Around the World Drill ( perfect)
    • The goal of this drill is to hit all four targets in four shots. If you miss one you need to start over until you go 4 for 4
  • Around the World
    • With this drill you see how many shots it takes you to hit all for targets, say it takes you 7 shots. Now that is your milestone and you goal is to hit all 4 targets in less shots.
  • Around the World (multiple)
    • With this drill you can hit each target 3 times, or 4, times or 5 times etc, or go “around the world” multiple times. See how many shots it hit all four targets 5 times, or see if you can go 8 for 8, or 12 for 12!
  • Time Trial
    • With the time trial you time how long it takes you to hit all four targets, then try to beat your time. You can use a time trial for any accuracy drill
  • Rocket Drill
    • Pick a target and try to hit it 10 times, shooting as HARD as you can

Improve your Shooting Accuracy

Here are some old videos I did with tips to improve your Shooting Accuracy
Shooting for the top corners

Tips for shooting low

Improve your slapshot accuracy

You can read more about improving your accuracy in my article on how to improve accuracy in hockey or how to improve slapshot accuracy

If you want an Ez Goal check out my EZ goal review

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Hockey Speed Training

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Speed is a major factor on the ice, have good acceleration and a good top speed will make you hard to catch on the ice and should help you get more shots on ice. If you feel like you’ve got rocks in your hockey socks try doing this exercise a few times a week over the summer. This is a special guest post from HockeyOT, they will be providing me with drills over the summer to add to the site and hopefully it will help you guys improve your game. If you are serious about getting fit for hockey check out there online hockey training program.

Get more Speed in your game Part 1:

For hockey you need to be more than just fast. You need to be able to repeat your fast performance on the ice again and again. Most players will play between 10-30 shifts in a game with each shift lasting 30-60 seconds. During each shift, you may reach top speed 2-5 times. Many players I have trained have good speed on a one-time blue line to blue skating test. When we make them repeat the test 10 times, however, their performance rapidly deteriorates as fatigue sets in. For these players, we focus on speed endurance training.

Speed endurance is the toughest aspect of fitness to train because the training hurts. You have to push until your muscles are loaded with lactic acid. Speed endurance training produces a hockey player who can go hard every shift of every period. A player with high levels of speed endurance becomes extremely valuable toward the end of each period, especially the third, and for overtime. One of the best ways to train for speed endurance is with interval training on the track in the off-season.

Interval training consists of short bouts of activity followed by short bouts of rest. For example, the athlete would run the straight away and walk the turn on a 400-meter track. We call this the variable acceleration 400-meter and the players hate it! For pro players, we will repeat this 5-10 times asking the players to try to repeat their performances as consistently as possible. This type of training requires the athlete to train with a lot of lactic acid in their muscles. Lactic acid is a by-product of the anaerobic metabolism required to do the variable acceleration 400-meter drill.

Hockey Speed Training Video


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The Ultimate Off Ice Training Combo

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I know that a lot of people will want to keep their hockey skills sharp over the summer. Every spring after a month or so without playing hockey I start to get the itch to play. I love hockey, and I not only want to play, but I also want to keep my skills sharp. I recently found a great combination of training aids that help me train, and get a bit of the feeling of hockey!

I have been using the Shooting pad and Slideboard combo for a few months now and LOVE IT. Hockey Shot sent me the slideboard to review and I thought it was pretty good to work the muscles involved with skating, but just sliding back and forth was not enough for me. In an effort to get the most out of the slideboard I put it in front of my shooting pad and started sliding while stickhandling. This combo gives me the sensation of skating while stickhandling while working my leg muscles and my stickhandling muscles! Then I thought what about using the slideboard while shooting? This was also a lot of fun and is a great way to hone your weight transfer and shooting skills.

How the Slideboard / Shooting pad Combo helps

Using just the shooting pad is a good way to practice shooting and stickhandling, but in hockey you are always moving. Using a slideboard gets your body moving in a similar way that your body moves on the ice. This will help train your muscles while you are off the ice so that you can move better while on the ice.

This combo will help with the following:

  • improve your stickhandling while moving
  • Practice moves that require lateral movement (dekes)
  • Bridge the gap between off ice practice, and on ice skills (more game like situation)
  • Build your skating muscles
  • Become a faster skater
  • Good whole body workout while improving your stickhandling, skating and shooting muscles!

I am a huge skeptic when it comes to products so that is why I only really review and recommend products I believe in on How To Hockey. I have been using this combo for a while now and definitely think it will help players improve. I actually told Hockey shot about it and they added a page to their site where you can buy the shooting pad and slideboard together and you save $10 by buying them both at the same time! You can also use our coupon code in the right sidebar to save another $10 off your order

What if I already have a slideboard or Shooting Pad?

If you want to pick up any of the products mentioned and used in this article / video here are the links

Slideboard / Shooting Pad Video

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20 Off-Ice Stickhandling Drills

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Hey guys, I have had a lot of requests for off-ice stickhandling drills. There are a lot of great stickhandling drills out there and I could probably make about 20 videos, but luckily for me somebody already did! I would have loved to make these myself, but I figured the sooner I share them with you the quicker you can start practicing!

Update: I have made a collection of stickhandling drills, but also much more than that. I have written an e-book with 18 pages explaining all the fundamentals of stickhandlind. I also have a half hour off-ice video explaining everything you need to know about controlling the puck with a number of great drills, and a half hour on-ice video troubleshooting all the most common problems players have with stickhandling and how you can fix them. If you are interested check out my Complete guide to stickhandling

20 Stickhandling Videos by USA Hockey

I really have to hand it to USA Hockey here for making a great series of videos. You can see the original page here and I have included the videos below. You can download each video to your computer and watch them whenever you want. I also included the youtube videos below (all the videos combined to a 2 part series) if you want to browse through them and see some of the drills.

What You Need

In the video they use a nice smooth surface and a stickhandling ball. You can find these online at Hockey Shot or check your nearest hockey store. I find most stores have stickhandling balls, but a good hockey shooting pad is hard to come by in the stores. If you don’t already have a shooting pad my favourite is the extreme passing kit.

Youtube Videos

Part 1

Part 2

If you are looking for more instruction, tips and advice check out my Complete guide to stickhandling it’s basically my 20+ years of knowledge of stickhandling all put into one easy to read e-book and two half hour instructional videos

Recommended Products

Check Out the Kwikhands

I found some other stickhandling videos that I thought were cool so I figured I would add it here. With the Kwikhands you get a number of stickhandling balls that are all different weights and an instructional DVD set with a bunch of other goodies!

  • 1 – Level 1 – 4 pound ball
  • 1 – Level 2 – 2 pound ball
  • 1 – Level 3 – 1 pound ball
  • 1 – Level 4 – 8 ounce ball
  • 1 – Instructional DVD
  • 1 – Instructional Booklet
  • 1 – 3 foot by 2 foot high resistance mat
  • 1 – Extra Stickhandling Ball for your hockey bag
  • 1 – KwiK-Set Swedish Stickhandling Balls

I thought that this was pretty cool because you get a schedule and program to follow with all the different weighted balls. You can work on your stickhandling and it also includes a number of drills that will teach and encourage you to continue practicing. Check out the videos below to see how it worked for one person.

First attempt at the Kwikands (not my video but I thought it was interesting!)

After using the Kwikhands for two months

It seems like the person in the videos made some notable improvements in his stickhandling! Keep in mind that in the first video he is using a device like the softhands to help teach his top hand to control the movements, so that would make his stickhandling look a bit worse.

Where to Buy the Kwikhands

Here is the link for the Kwik Hands package it sells for $99.95. You can also get stuff like stickhandling balls, weighted pucks, the Green biscuit and other cool training aids on Hockey Shot.

Remember, the only way you are going to improve your skills is to practice a lot so keep on practicing!

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Peewee Hockey Drills OMHA

I have found a bunch of Peewee hockey drills that I wanted to share. The drills focus on puck control, stickhandling, shooting, skating, acceleration, agility and more. These drills were developed by the OMHA and posted on home town hockey . These drills are republished with permission from the OMHA

Drill Time Drill Description
15 Puck Control
  • Players weave through pylons, carrying the puck, then take a shot on net
  • Players stickhandle through zone, performing different moves
  • On coach’s signal, players weave through pylons, racing for the puck
    • First player takes a shot
    • Second player tries to prevent shot
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee puck control drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Shootout
  • Two lines facing each end of the ice
  • Line on left has players down on one knee
  • Line on right is a player with puck
  • On coach’s signal, player with puck skates towards the net for a shot, player on one knee has to play the back checker, and try to catch the puck carrier
  • Switch lines after each attempt
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee shootoutdrill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
10 Pond Hockey
  • 2 games of 3 on 3 cross ice
  • On whistle players playing switch with players in neutral zone
  • Use 1 puck, or two pucks, tennis balls, soccer balls
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee pond hockey drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Chaos
  • Players skate all over the ice stick stickhandling
  • On whistle, all players move to one half of the ice
  • On next whistle, all players move inside the blueline
  • On next whistle, all players move inside the goal line
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee chaos hockey drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Short Pass /Long Pass
  • Players partner up
  • One player has puck
  • Short pass
  • Long pass
  • Alternate until coach signals drill is over
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee passing drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
20 3 station move
  • Players start in each corner
    • 01 makes bank pass off boards to 02
    • 01 skates through pylons
    • 02 hits passer in the slot for a shot on net
    • Alternate sides
  • Players start on red line, carry puck to first coach / player
    • Put puck under stick, skate around the coach / player to pick up puck again
    • Perform the same move at next coach / player
  • 01 performs a flip pass over the stick to 02
    • 01 then skates behind the net
    • 02 passes to 03, who passes to 04
    • 04 then passes to 01
    • 01 shoots on the net
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee hockey drill stations

 

Drill Time Drill Description
10 4 line puck control
  1. Players make bank pass off boards at each pylon
  2. Players skate to second pylon
    • Pivot, skate backwards to first pylon
    • Pivot, skate forward to 4th pylon
    • Pivot, skate backwards to 3rd pylon
  3. Skate forward to next line
    • Skate forward doing 360’s around each pylon
  4. Skate forward, make move on each pylon and skate to start line again
Hockey Drill Diagram
puck control dill peewee

 

Drill Time Drill Description
15 Pass / Receive Circuit
  • Station One
    • 01 passes to 02, then begins skating
    • 02 passes to 03, 03 passes to 04
    • 01 skates towards the blue line, turns and skates between 02 and 03 to get a pass from 04
    • 01 then takes a shot on net
    • Make sure all the players get to be skaters and passers
  • Station Two
    • 3 players for 4 pylons
    • As one player passes the puck, the player without the puck must move to open pylon so that the puck is always with the middle person
  • Station Three
    • Pig in the middle
    • 2 players pass the puck to each other while the 3rd player tries to stop the pass
    • If the player in the middle stops the pass then he / she switches with the player who gave up the puck
  • Coach works with goalies
Hockey Drill Diagram
passing drill for peewee hockey

 

Drill Time Drill Description
5 1-2-3 on 0
  • Move nets to each end, on goal line, beow face off dots
  • Players line up outside the blue line, each with a puck
  • 1st player goes in for a shot, keeps going until goal is scored
  • After goal, player skates back outside blue, next player joins in for a 2 on 0
  • 3rd time through, 3 on 0
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee hockey drill

Peewee Level Practice Plan

Objectives:

  1. Asses and improve acceleration
  2. Assess and improve agilitiy
  3. Assess and improve puck control skills and puck handling
Drill Time Drill Description
8 Butterfly Warm-up
  • Coach demonstrates or calls out skating actions
  • 1 foot / 2 foot / squats
  • Left / right / both knee touches to ice
  • Mohawk turns / 360’s
  • Backwards
  • Sprints
  • Dive roll
  • 360 spin on knees
  • Progress to with puck
Hockey Drill Diagram
peeweewarmupDrill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
10 Three Line Wave
  • 01 starts the drils, 02 then follows, then 03. Continue this rotation until all players have gone.
  • Players carry the puck through the neutral zone and take shots on goal.
  • Players wait until all have completed, then return in the other direction
  • Weave – Follow your pass
  • Weave – drop pass only
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee hockey drills

 

Drill Time Drill Description
8 min Full ice Backcheck
  • Both ends go on whistle
  • 01 on the hash marks, Δ1 has one skate on the goal line
  • On the Coach’s whistle, Δ1 pursues 01
  • At the completion of a repetition, switch lines
Hockey Drill Diagram
peewee backcheck drill

Peewee Hockey Practice Plan

Session Objectives

  1. Teach individual offensive tactic: net drive
  2. Reinforce net drives with 2 man attack option
  3. Refine defensive tactice: defend against mid lane net drive
Drill Time Drill Description
8 3 Line Warm-up
  • First player in each line skates to the second pylon and performs a two foot stop; skates back to the first pylon and performs another two foot stop, continues on to the fourth and back to the third and finished at the opposite end of the ice
  • Second player in the line leaves when the first player stops for the second line
  • Key execution points

    • Quick feet out of the stop
    • Face both directions
Hockey Drill Diagram
Warm up hockey drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
8 Net drive 1 on 0
  • 01 skates cross ice and receives pass from 02
  • 01 executes drive skate by staying wide around pyon, before accelerating to the net
  • Alternate sides go at the same time
Hockey Drill Diagram
Peewee net drive drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
8 Net drive 2 on 0
  • 01 skates cross ice and receives pass from 02
  • 01 executes drive skate by staying wide around pylon before accelerating to the net
  • 02 skates inside and drives to the net for a return pass or a rebound
Hockey Drill Diagram
net drive drill peewee

Peewee hockey practice plan

Session Objectives

  1. Assess checking skills
    • Angling
    • Stick checks
    • Body contact
Drill Time Drill Description
8 3 line warm up
  • Players line up in 3 groups to allow for 3 wide lanes
  • Players execute a series of skating skills without pucks and with pucks
    • Skate forwards and backwards
    • Striding and tight turns
    • Crossovers
    • Transition forward to backward to forwards
Hockey Drill Diagram
Hockey warmup drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
8 Angling Gate Drill
  • 01 and 02 begin on the whistle
  • 01 picks up loose puck and skates behind the net and must skate between the for a shot on goal
  • 02 closes the gap, before angling toward 01
  • 02 attempts to force 01 outside the pylons, not giving up the middle lane
Hockey Drill Diagram
Hockey Peewee drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
14 Checking stations – Peewee checking drill
  • Station 1 – Continuous Bumping
    • 01 moves slowly along the boards while _1 angles, closes the gap and pins 01 against the boards
    • The two players continue around boards to other side
    • Switch roles the other way
  • Station 2 – Open Ice Contact
    • 0 skates forward as _ skates backwards
    • _ initiates shoulder to chest contact and then continues backwards repeating action across the ice
    • Switch roles on the return across ice
  • Station 3 – 1 on 1 Angling
    • 01 moves slowly along the boards while _1 angles backwards, closes the gap and pins 01 against the boards
    • The two players continue around the boards to the other side
    • Switch roles the other way
Hockey Drill Diagram
Peewee Checking Drill

Hockey – Peewee Practice Plan

Session Objectives

  • Refine the ability to read and react to defensive reponsobilities
  • Refine individual defensive tactic: Defensive side positioning
  • Refine team defensive tactics: Support through awareness and communication

 

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Three Man Weave with Regroups
  • 01 passes to 02 and follows the path of the pass changing lanes
  • Passes continue through the neutral zone, eventually passing to C1 for a regourp
  • Regroup with C2 and attack the net
Hockey Drill Diagram
Hockey Drill

 

Drill Time Drill Description
8 Pressure Forecheck
  • 01 drives to the corner and pins an imaginary opponent “A”
  • 01 spins off check and goes to the net for a feed from the C
  • After quick shot, 01 moves to the opposite corner and pins opponent “B” and spins for 2nd shot
  • Key Execution Points
    • Transition
    • Control
    • Readiness
    • Quick shot
Hockey Drill Diagram
hockey drills

 

Drill Time Drill Description
6 Center Line Drill
  • 01 and Δ1 are facing one another
  • 01 goes one ay or the other and Δ1 must react and cover 01
  • C can either pass directly to 01 or shoot on goal with 01 driving for the rebound
  • All players play offence and defense
Hockey Drill Diagram
Peewee Hockey Drill

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Fun Hockey Drills

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I found this great list of the top 10 fun hockey drills. I thought I would share it on our blog for any coach that is looking for some fun hockey drills.

A lot of hockey coaches want nothing more for their kids to win the championships, but a lot of hockey players want nothing more than to have fun. In most cases winning the championship is the most fun they will ever have, but it doesn’t hurt to have some fun along the way. Here is something that every coach should consider, if your players don’t show up to practice, they won’t learn much!

I know there are different rules at different levels of hockey, but I think that players will learn A LOT more if they enjoy practice, want to come, and want to learn. One of the best way’s to help players have fun at practice, and develop their skills is with fun hockey drills. That is why I have posted this article with the top fun hockey drills (according to the OMHA)

    1. SCRIMMAGE
      Scrimmaging is a great way to develop teamwork. These scrimmages can take place with any number of players on each side. (3 on 3, 5 on 5 etc) To further develop skills like passing, speed and teamwork, try playing cross ice 3 on 3.
    2. SHOOTOUT
      • Option 1:
        • Your standard player going in on his/her own against the goalie. The shootout helps to develop breakaway skills along with stick handling, puck control and shooting. This drill is also designed to help goalies challenge players approaching, square up to the shooter and build confidence. The player would come down on the goalie from centre ice. It is important to encourage creativity and more importantly, FUN!
      • Option 2: Relay – Passing / Scoring Skills
        • Divide players into 2 groupsshootout fun hockey drill
        • On whistle first player in each line goes in for shot on net,
          keep shooting until goal is scored.
        • After goal, player skates outside blue line, picks up another
          puck and goes in with 2nd player in line for a 2 on 0.
        • Continue 3 on 0, 4 on 0 until all players in line have gone.
        • Relay is won by first team who slides over blue line after last goal is scored.
        • Each player must touch puck before shot on net follow
    3. TWO ON ONE
      • This drill is designed for both forwards and defence. Its purpose is to develop defensive skillstwo on one fun hockey drill along with offensive skills. There are many variations of this drill. Ex. Have a defenseman breakout from behind the net and pass to a winger on the boards at the hash marks. The winger then makes an outlet pass to the centre who is skating up the middle. They both clear the zone and turn around to produce a 2 on 1 on the defenseman who started the play. Depending on skill level, a coach could dump the puck in and have the goalie stop it behind the net for the defenseman, then continue as stated above.
    4. ONE PUCK HORSESHOE
      • Using one offensive zone only, split the team into two lines and have them line up in the corner. The coach fun horshoe hockey drillwill set up one puck centred midway between the top of the circle and the blue line. On the coach’s whistle, the first player from each line skates out of the corner, around the neutral zone dot and competes for the one puck. This now becomes a one-on-one drill. Play until a goal is scored or until the goalie controls the puck. Designed to develop both offensive and defensive skating and turning. This also develops the goalies ability and confidence on one-on-ones.
    5. PASSING HORSESHOE
      • Players line up in both corners in one zone. fun passing horshoe drillThe first player from one line will skate out and around the neutral zone dot, and receive a pass from the first player in the opposing line. The
        player who just made the pass will skate out and receive a pass from the opposite corner. Repeat. This is common for pre-game warm-ups. This drill gets the legs moving and allows all players to control and pass the puck.
    6. RELAY RACES
      • Create 2-4 groups. Each group competes against one another. The relay race can consist of anything from turns, jumping over sticks, sliding under objects or scoring goals. The idea is to create a fun way for players to skate as fast as they can while performing other tasks (i.e. stick handling, turning etc).
        This will create better balance and agility. Competing against team mates will push them to try harder and will create friendly competition.
    7. BRITISH BULL DOG
      • Designed to be a fun way to develop agility and lateral movement. The object is to have one player, “The Bull Dog” catch/touch the other players. Once a player has been caught by the “Bull Dog”, they become a Bull-Dog. Have all players put their sticks behind the goalie line. Select a Bull Dog, who will line up at centre ice. The rest of the players start on the goal line and their objective is to make it to the opposite goal line without being caught by the bull dog. The game begins each time the coach yells, “British Bull Dog” This process is repeated at each end until there is one player remaining. This person shall be crowned the winner.
    8. SHOOTING
      • fun shooting hockey drillA wide variety of options. A player favourite is the “Clover Drill”.
        This drill is a combination of pass receiving and quick releases. Pylons are set up on four “corners” of the offensive circle with a net directly in front of the circle. Players will start from the circles centre dot and move around a pylon and return to the centre point to receive a pass for a quick shot. The player must
        always face the passer/net. Players will go around all four pylons for four shots. Then the next player in line takes the starting position.
    9. PASSING
      • Encourage players to try forehand, backhand and saucer passes. Have them pass over, under and around obstacles. A fun game could be monkey in the middle. Here is a great passing & receiving circuit:
        • Montreal Drill
          04 passes to 01, 01 – 02, 02 – 03, 03 back to 04 in the slot (rotate)
        • Pass with Accuracy
          Move laterally giving and receiving passes on the outside of the cones
        • “Pig in the Middle”
          One checker between 3 players, with players continuously passing the puck until the checker intercepts. Checker then trades places and becomes a passer
        • Figure 8 Passing
          One player passes to partner who performs figure-8 pattern around pylons. Pass receiver must maintain eye contact with the passer at all times. One touch passes or puck control around pylons before return pass is made.

fun hockey passing drills

  1. PULL DRILL
    • A great drill to develop leg strength and skating power. Have two players stand one in front of the other facing the same direction. Each player will hold their stick in one hand and hold onto the other players stick in the opposite hand. The player in the back can go down to their knees and hold the sticks. The player in front will pull the other player the length of the ice. Then the players will switch. Players in the back can also lie on their stomachs.

hockey-drill-bookFor more drills I recommend the Weiss tech hockey playbook and hockey Drillbook, you can buy them separately, or together as a bundle Learn more about the playbook and drillbook here. If you don’t know Jeremy Weiss you should definitely follow his blog as he is a very smart coach, and he is always sharing new drills for all age levels.

You can also take a look at the drill collection from HockeyShare.com

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Atom Hockey Drills OMHA

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Hockey Drills for Atom Level

Here is a great set of hockey drills for atom coaches and players. These drills focus on skating, shooting, checking, evasive maneuvers, team tactics, crossovers, stickhandling, passing and net drives. These drills were produced by the OMHA and are re-published with permission from home town hockey.

Feel free to print off these hockey drills and use them in your practice. You can mix any of the drills for a great Atom practice plan. The drills are added in order, so some may fit well with the ones above or below them.

This first drill is a good warm up drill for atom hockey players.

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Back alley warm-up
  • Players take off one after another
  • Backwards between blue lines
  • Two foot jump over each line
  • Touch toes, trunk twists, leg kicks
Hockey Drill Diagram
back alley atom hockey drill

This drill is a great way to evaluate the skating ability of your players.

Drill Time Drill Description
20 minutes Atom skating evaluation
5 minutes at each station

  • Station One
    • Player performs crossovers around the circle
    • Second player goes once first player passes
    • Do backwards on second time through
    • Use pucks on the 3rd time through
  • Station Two
    • Players weave through pylons, and goes back in line.
    • Next player goes when first gets to 2nd pylon
    • Second time through use a puck, 3rd time through do 360’s around each pylon
  • Station Three
    • Player skates forward to pylon, perform a two foot stop, then proceeds forward to next pylon, etc
    • Second time through do it backwards
  • Station Four
    • Player skates forwards to blue line, backwards to pylon, forwards to blue line
    • Second player starts once first player gets to blue line
Hockey Drill Diagram
Atom skating evaluation drill

This is a good passing drill for atom players.

Drill Time Drill Description
5 minutes Pairs Passing – Atom passing drill
  • Players partner up, skate around the ice surface passing back and forth to each other
  • after a couple laps, change sides so that both players get to pass on forehand and backhand
Hockey Drill Diagram
Atom pairs passing drill
Drill Time Drill Description
10 minutes Pairs passing 1 on 1 – Atom passing drill
  • Players start out at each end, forming two lines in the corner
  • Players pair pass back and forth down the ice between boards and pylons
  • At the last pylon the player with the puck is on offence, the player without the puck is on defence and come back down the middle lane 1 on 1
  • Put pylons down the middle so players don’t run into each other.
Hockey Drill Diagram
atom pairs passing drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Shootout
  • 2 lines facing each end of the ice
  • Line on left has players down on one knee
  • Line on right is player with puck
  • On coach’s signal, player with puck skates towards net for shot, player on one knee has to play the back checker and try to catch the puck carrier
  • Switch lines after each attempt
Hockey Drill Diagram
Atom shootout drills

Here is another fun warm up drill which involves stick handling and puck control.

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Atom Warm up stick handle drill
Razzle Dazzle

  • Players skate around the ice 1/4 speed
  • On whistle players stay in confined space moving puck in any direction quickly
  • On next whistle players return to 1/4 speed
Hockey Drill Diagram
skickhandling drill for atom level

The next drill, and a few more drills a bit further down, focus on driving the net, this is important to teach at a young age. Players need to learn where to go after shooting, or when they are in the offensive zone. By teaching the players to go to the net they will end up scoring more rebounds, and getting more goals.

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Atom Warm up net drive
Four corner drill(review net drive skills)

  • 2 and 3 reveive passes from 1 and 4 in neutral zone. Execute net drives around C
  • 1 and 4 repeat receiving passes and executing net drives
  • Alternate diagonal sides
Hockey Drill Diagram
atom warm up drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Checking – Stick check
Atom Checking Drill

  • Demonstrates stick checks (stick lift, press, poke, and sweep check)
  • Mark 8 zones for 1 on 1’s (spray paint)
  • Players play 1 on 1 keep away with emphasis on checking skills
  • Goalie zone with C
Hockey Drill Diagram
atom checking drill
Drill Time Drill Description
15 Minutes Atom Puck Control Evaluation
3 Stations

  • Station One
    • Stick handling course
  • Station Two
    • Forward and backward skating (telescoping) while passing and receiving
  • Shooting
    • Shooting (wrist forehand and backhand) add passive defensive side pressure from C
Hockey Drill Diagram
Atom puck control evaluation

This is a great drill that involved passing, shooting and skating.

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Combo Skating / Passing / shooting drill
  • 1 Skates around pylon and receives pass from 2
  • 1 Completes evasive move on C in the neutral zone and skates to offensive zone for shot
  • 2 repeats in the other direction
Hockey Drill Diagram
Atom hockey drill - passing skating shooting
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Shoot out Competition
Team Shoot Out Relay

  • Move nets to the blue lines
  • First team with all players scoring is the winner
  • After each goal, player scoring passes puck to the next player in line
  • After making saves, goalie can clear pucks away from shooters
Hockey Drill Diagram
atom shoot out drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Net Drive Progression – Technical Level
  • Have players skate around pylon protecting the puck
  • Goalie zone with C
Hockey Drill Diagram
net drive drill atom
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Net Drive – Tactical Level
  • Player from corner passes to 0 for “give and go”
  • Puck carrier drives with speed, executing net drive at the blueline
  • C offers passive pressure
  • Alternate sides
Hockey Drill Diagram
atom hockey net drive drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Net Drive – Efficient Level
  • Δ skates to blue line with puck
  • Δ passes to 0 and defends 1 on 1
  • 0 reads gap on Δ
    • Tight gap – Drive outside
    • Loose gap – Drive middle
  • Alternate sides
Hockey Drill Diagram
atom hockey drill net drive

Here is a great 2 on 2 drill, this is a great tactical drill.

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Team Tactic 2 on 2 Atom drill
Tactical Level Drill: Cross

  • 01 and 02 skate circle clockwise then cross before blueline in high slot
  • Option to exchange pass
  • Δ1 and Δ2 skate forward to blueline, pivot and retreat to defend against 2 on 2
Hockey Drill Diagram
2 on 2 atom hockey drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes 1,2,3 Principle of Attack
Assess Trinagulation

  • C passes to 01, 02, or 03
  • Δ1 and Δ2 skate to redline, pivot and retreat, defending against 3 on 2
Hockey Drill Diagram
atom hockey drills
Drill Time Drill Description
10 Minutes Shoot out Competition – Full Ice Drill
  • Pucks clustered in center circle
  • On whistle, first player on each team picks up puck and goes on breakaway
  • Play until goal is scored, at which time next player goes
  • Goalie can clear loose pucks
Hockey Drill Diagram
atom hockey shoot out drill

I hope these drills will help you out. Don’t forget to subcribe to my posts as I am always looking for more great hockey drills and posting them on the site.

hockey-drill-bookFor more drills I recommend the Weiss tech hockey playbook and hockey Drillbook, you can buy them separately, or together as a bundle Learn more about the playbook and drillbook here. If you don’t know Jeremy Weiss you should definitely follow his blog as he is a very smart coach, and he is always sharing new drills for all age levels.

You can also visit the HockeyShare.com Drill collection  and Hockey drill software

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OMHA Novice / Squirt Hockey Drills

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Hockey Drills for Novice / Squirt players

These drills are great for any coach who is coaching novice hockey players. These drills focus on team tactics, individual tactics and technical tactics as outlined in the Skills Guide. The drills also focus on passing, skating, agility, and stopping.

This is a good warm up drill for novice players

Drill Time Drill Description
5 minutes Back Alley Warm Up Drill
  • Hockey players take off one after another
  • Backwards between blue line
  • Two foot jump over each line
  • Groin stretch between blue lines
  • Touch Toes, trunk twists, leg kicks
Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice warm up drill

The hockey drill below is a really good fun hockey drill for novice players. I still remember playing this game when I was at hockey practice and it was a lot of fun, and also taught the players puck control if you have the puck, and defense if you do not.

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Diminishing Pucks – Fun Novice hockey drill
  • Players skate around the neutral ice zone, each with a puck
  • As players are stickhandling, they try to knock the puck off each others sticks. If a puck goes outside the blue lines into one of the end zones it is out of play
  • Players that lose their puck have to try and knock pucks off of the sticks of remaining players
  • Keep going until the last puck is knocked out of the zone
Hockey Drill Diagram
Fun novice stickhandling drill - Diminishing pucks

This is a great skating drill because there are four different stations that will focus on many different areas of skating. This novice drill focuses on crossovers, skating, puck control quick starts and quick stops.

Drill Time Drill Description
20 Minutes Novice Skating Evaluation
Four stations, five minutes at each station

  • Station One
    • Player performs cross overs around circle
    • Second player goes, once first player passes
  • Station Two
    • Player weaves through pylons and goes back in line
    • Next player goes when first one gets to second pylon
    • Second time through use a puck
    • Third time through do 360’s around each pylon
  • Station Three
    • Player skates forward to pylon, performs a two foot stop, then proceeds forward to next pylon, etc
  • Station Four
    • Player skates forward to blue line, backwards to pylon, forward to blue line again
Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice skating evaluation drill

This is a great puck control drill for novice hockey players. By breaking the drills into 3 stations every player can participate, and you will also keep the players attention by changing up what they are doing.

Drill Time Drill Description
15 minutes Puck Control Circuit
Three stations, five minutes at each station.

  • Station One
    • Players weave through pylons with puck
    • Pass to coach
    • Receive pass form coach
    • Take shot on net
    • Skate to pylon, pivot, skate backwards to next pylon
    • Pivot, skate forwards back to end of line
  • Station Two
    • Players perform stationary stickhandling moves (figure 8’s, side stickhandling, through legs)
  • Station Three
    • Player does crossovers around circle with puck
    • Next player goes after first player goes by
    • Player then proceeds to next circle, does crossovers around circle, and then proceeds to take a shot on net.
Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice puck control drill

This is another fun hockey drill. This drill teaches lateral movement, speed, and evasive maneuvers!

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes British Bulldog Hockey Drill
  • Players line up on goal line
  • One player at center yells British Bulldog
  • Players then try to skate to other end without being tagged. If a player gets tagged then that player has to help the person in the middle catch the rest of the skaters
  • Play until last skater gets caught
Hockey Drill Diagram
British Bulldog, fun novice hockey drill

Pond hockey is a great drill to use instead of a full game. By breaking the ice in half more players can participate.

Drill Time Drill Description
10 Minutes Novice Pond Hockey Drill
  • Split the rink in half and play 2 games of 3 on 3
  • On whistle players playing switch with players in nuetral zone
  • Use 1 puck, or 2 pucks, tennis balls, soccer balls etc
Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice pond hockey drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Chaos
  • Players skate all over the ice stickhandling
  • On whistle, all players move to one half of the ice.
  • On next whistle, all players move inside blueline
  • On next whistle, all players move inside goal line
Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice chaos drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Indy 500
  • Divide players into two groups, half on each side of the red line. Move nets up to hash marks
  • Players partner up, front player bends down into sitting position, second player pushes from behind
  • Players start on whistle, doing one full lap of ice (allowed to bump other teams in corners)
  • Once players get around the ice, and back to finish line, next group goes
Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice hockey drill Indy 500

This is a good novice shooting drill. The drills is broken into three stations to allow players to work on a new shooting skill at each station.

Drill Time Drill Description
15 Minutes Shooting Circuit -Novice Shooting Drill
Five minutes at each station

  • Station One
    • 1 passes to 2
    • 2 passes to 3
    • 1 skates around 2 and then between 2 and 3, receives pass back from 3
    • 1 takes shot on net
    • Make sure players are both skaters and passers
  • Station Two
    • Players line up along side boards
    • Practice wrist shots, and backhand shots
  • Station Three
    • 2 passes to 1, who then skates out around pylon, and takes shot on net.
    • Next player in line behind 1 passes to 2, who then skates out around pylon for shot on net.
Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice shooting hockey drill

This is a good novice hockey passing drill. There are four stations, with 5 minutes at each station. Don’t be afraid to change up the drills and add or take things away, that is what keeps practice fun and exciting.

Drill Time Drill Description
20 Minutes Passing Circuit – Novice Passing Drill
Players spend 5 minutes at each station

  • Station One
    • 1 passes to 2, then begins to skate
    • 2 passes to 3, 3 passes to 4
    • 1 skates towards blue line, turns and skates between 2 and 3 to get a pass from 4
    • 1 then takes a shot net
    • Make sure all players get to be skaters and passers
  • Station Two
    • Three players for four pylons
    • As one player passes the puck, the player without the puck must move to the open pylon so that the puck is always with the middle person.
  • Station Three
    • Pig in the middle
    • Two players pass the puck to each other, while a 3rd player tries to stop the pass
    • If the player in the middle stops the pass, then he / she switches with the player who gave up the puck

Coaches should work with goalies while players are doing the passing drills

Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice Hockey Passing Drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Shootout
  • 2 lines facing each end of the ice
  • Line on left has players down on one knee
  • Line on right is player with puck
  • On Coach’s signal, player with puck skates towards net for shot, player on one knee has to play the back checker, and try and catch the puck carrier
  • Switch lines after each attempt
Hockey Drill Diagram
Fun novice hockey drill - shootout

This drill is good for building players balance and agility. Players learn well by dropping to one knee, diving and rolling, and jumping, they also have a lot of fun too! I remember always being the fastest on my belly and back up again back when I played novice!

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Novice Balance and Agility Drill
Players are divided into two groups and follow the patch as indicated in the diagram

  • Perform the following exercises
    • Drop to knees at blue line
    • Dive and roll at red line
    • Jump at each line
    • Backwards between blue lines
    • Glide on one foot between blue lines
    • Shoot the duck between blue lines

Key execution points: Change direction after three minutes

Hockey Drill Diagram
Novice hockey balance and agility drill
Drill Time Drill Description
15 Minutes Novice Skills Station Drill
  1. Players Weave Through Pylons
    • First time through using one foot, inside edge only
    • Second time though using one foot, outside edge only
    • Third time through using both feet, leading with front foot
    • Fourth time through use pucks
  2. Push and Glide
    • Players line up along boards, and perform t-pushes across ice, change leg on the way back. Try to do 3-4 pushes
    • Players then do the same going backwards, using C-cuts of backwards cross over start to begin, and finishing with c-cuts to far boards
    • Repeat four times
  3. Crossovers
    • Players begin in one corner and work on crossovers forwards and backwards.
    • Concentrate on full crossover (outside foot) and cross-under (push through of inside skate for power

Key Execution Points: Switch stations after 5 minutes

Hockey Drill Diagram
Skills station drill for novice hockey

This is another fun hockey drill for novice players. For this drill players will develop speed, acceleration, tight turns and winning the race for the puck!

Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Mill Drill – Fun Novice Hockey Drill
  • Divide players into four teams, one at each blue line as shown
  • Place all of the pucks in the center circle, on whistle the first player from each team begins by doing a 360 around the pylon, then gets a puck, and takes the puck back to the end circle nearest the team.
  • Once the puck is in the circle, the next player from that team can go
  • Once all the pucks are gone, each team counts how many are in their circle, the team with the most pucks wins
  • Can do more than once, change things up by making players skate backwards to the circle once they get the puck.

Key Execution Points: Teams cheer for their players, lots of pucks in the middle.

Hockey Drill Diagram
fun Novice hockey drill, mill drill
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes Moe Mania
  • Players line up as shown. Spray paint lines half way between all cones so that players have a mark when to make their pivot.
  • Player skates forward toward first cone and at spray paint line pivot to backwards. Continue this the entire way through the set-up.
  • Players should always pivot so that they never lose eye contact with the cone in front of them.
  • Ensurte that players lead with their stick to maintain good balance on the pivot
  • Start with no pucks and add in pucks once players are ready
Hockey Drill Diagram
novice hockey drill moe mania
Drill Time Drill Description
5 Minutes 3 Station Passing Drill
  • Montreal Drill
    • 1 passes to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, 4 back to 1 in the slot (rotate)
  • Pass with Accuracy
    • Move laterally giving and receiving passes on the outside of the cones
  • Pig in the Middle
    • One checker between 3 players with players continously passing the puck until the checker intercepts. Checker then trades places and becomes a passer.

Key Execution Points:Change stations after 5 minutes, Players need to think

Hockey Drill Diagram – Novice Hockey Passing Drill
Novice passing drill for hockey
Drill Time Drill Description
10 Minutes One Man Drive
Introduce the one man drive but focus on principles that will be important for net drive and triangulation

  • Start with the player on the left boards. Player accelerates and receives a pass from the coach in stride. Once the pass has been received the player drives hard to the net, takes a shot from the circle and attacks for the rebound
  • As soon as this player has completed the drill the player from the centre takes a pass and drives straight down the mid-lane to the net, repeat with player off other boards. Continue sequence
  • Run out of both ends of the ice
  • Spray paint circles where shown to encourage players to drive to the net and attack for rebounds

Key Execution Points: Players must be ready to go, Keep drill going to keep players moving

Hockey Drill Diagram
One man drive novice hockey drill

I hope these drills will help you run a good practice, and help your players develop. If you are looking for more drills then punch your email address in the box in the left sidebar and you will get notified when I post something on the site! I am working on a lot more articles, and drills that you can share with your hockey team.

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Mite / Initiation Hockey Drills OMHA

Initiation / Mite Level Hockey Drills

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The following drills were designed by the OMHA for initiation level hockey players. These are great drills for beginner hockey players, or young hockey players. These drills were created to help coaches build their players hockey skills, and also have diversity in practices. Hockey players sometimes learn more if they are having fun (especially at young ages) because they will try harder, and want to learn more in order to improve. The following drills are from the OMHA drill book which can be found on the website at Hometownhockey. These youth hockey drills focus on technical skills and individual tactics as these are the skills that should be worked on the most at the initiation level.

This drill is designed to be a fun drill and is a good drill from young hockey players. Fun drills are usually good drills to start with as the players will enjoy them and it will help the players warm up.

Time Description
5 Minute Drill Chaos – Free Time
  • Players skate all over the ice, stick handling the pucks
  • Coaches interact with the players passing the pucks back and forth
  • Encourage kids to hand the pucks, forehand, backhand, kick the pucks with their skates, no shooting against the boards
Drill Diagram
Initiation Hockey Drill Chaos - Free time

The point of this drill is for the players to practice many of the fundamental hockey skills in 10 minute sessions. This is a good drill to have because players can move quickly from one station to the other and little time is wasted explaining and setting up new drills.

Time Description
50 Minutes 5 Station Skills Circuit – 10 Minutes at each station
  1. Skating
    • Forward stride and bend, stop at blueline
    • Forward jump stride, stop at blueline
    • Forward crossovers
    • Backward c-cuts
    • backward striding
    • backward crossovers
  2. Puck Control
    • Stationary puck control
    • Figure eights
    • Toe drag
    • Partner puck control
  3. Pond Hockey
    • 3 on 3 cross ice
  4. Passing
    • Stationary forehand passing / rec
    • Stationary backhand passing / rec
    • Telescope passing / rec
  5. Balance and Agility
    • Stationary balance 1 leg
    • Stationary deep knee bends
    • Inside / outside edges
    • Gliding on one foot
Drill Diagram
Initiation Hockey Drill Circuit

This is a great drill for players to practice their skating and stick handling abilities. By providing the players with different equipment it allows them to develop different motor skills and also adds a fun element to the drill which will keep them focused.

Time Description
5 Minutes Free Skate
  • As each skates steps onto the ice they are given either a puck, tennis ball, or street hockey ball
  • Skate in any direction on the ice
  • On the whistle the player must exchange their item with another piece of equipment
  • No shooting allowed, only puck control
Drill Diagram
Hockey fun Drill - Initiation free skate

This is a great drill for players to practice their balance and agility. Stations are kept at 5 minute intervals in order to keep the players attention and work on many different skills in a 20 minute time frame.

Time Description
20 Minutes Balance and Agility
Four stations, five minutes at each station. Change stations on a determined signal.

  • Station 1
    (one of the end zones)

    • Players do crossovers around circle 1 (two and a half times) and then around circle 2 (two times)
    • Send 2-3 players at a time
    • Repeat 2-3 times
    • Do same as 1, but with pucks
  • Station 2
    (Between blue line and red line)

    • Players run over agility boards. Execute a glide turn at pylons 1 and skate to pylon 2. Stop using tow foot front stop facing boards. Skate backwards from pylon 2 to pylon 3 and stop. Do lateral crossovers back to original position, repeat.
  • Station 3
    (Between blue line and red line)

    • Group one skates backwards to pylon and pivots backwards to forward, then accelerates out of turn, skating forward and execute two foot stop at boards, then go to end of group two line
    • Group two skates forward to pylon and pivots forward and backwards. Skating backwards to sideboards and stopping. Go to end of group one line
  • Station 4 (one of the end zones)
    • Player controls puck while weaving through pylons
    • Player performs glide turn at last pylon, skating forward for ten metres before stopping. Face boards when you stop
    • Skate backwards to opposite side of rink while controlling the puck
Drill Diagram
Hockey Initiation Level balance and agility drill

This is a good drill to use to help develop puck control among initiation level players. This drill adds some friendly competition and also puck control in the feet.

Time Description
15 Minutes Puck Control Stations
Three stations, 5 minutes each, change stations on a determined signal

  • Station 1: Tight Turn Competition
    • Arrange players into two groups
    • Arrange pylons as shown, and have players race for a spotted puck and finnish with a shot on goal (add a second puck for second player if needed)
  • Station 2: Control puck with feet
    • Players cross the ice using feet to control the puck
    • Options are keeping the puck in feet at all times, or kicking puck slightly ahead (1 metre) alternate skates
  • Station 3: Chaos
    • Have each player skate randomly with a puck throughout the zone
    • Coaches add pressure to check and encourage to keep head up
Drill Diagram
Puck control stations hockey drill
Time Description
5 Minutes Fun Time
Players skate to the blue line and…

  1. Coast on both skates, jump the red line and blue line. Take off on two feet and land on two feet.
  2. Coast on both skates. Jump the red line, turn 180 degrees in air and land backwards. At the blue line jump and turn 180 degrees and land going forwards. Always take off on two feet and land on two feet
  3. Coast on only one skate. Jump red and blue line on one skate. Do not put other skate down
  4. Repeat last point with other leg

Do these 2 or 3 times each

Drill Diagram
Fun hockey drill for initiation level hockey players

This is a good alternative to a scrimmage. By breaking the players into three groups in three sections on the ice, more players will be involved in the practice at one time.

Time Description
5 Minutes Pond Hockey Drill
  • Use a puck
  • Use three areas and play cross ice
  • Use pylons as goals (instead of nets)
  • To score puck pust hit pylon
  • No goalies
Drill Diagram
Pond hockey drill in Initiation

This is a fun skating drill that is also good to use as an opening drill to warm players up.

Time Description
10 Minutes Free skate
Players skate clockwise around the ice. At blue line they perform four warm-up exercises

  • Touch toes
  • Squat low
  • Pull knee to chest
  • Touch one knee to ice

Between the blue lines: Skates stay on ice at all times, spread legs wide and then bring them in together.

Drill Diagram
Initiation Level free skate hockey drill
Time Description
20 Minutes Balance and Agility
  1. Cross ice touching knee on ice after each stride. I.e drive with left skate, touch left knee to ice and get up. Drive with right skate, touch right knee to ice and get up, repeat across ice. Do three times
  2. Cross ice doing forward alternate leg crossovers
  3. Players skate forward and perform a task at each section of ice.
    1. Jump over agility board
    2. Dive under obstacle (set on two high pylons)
    3. Jump over agility board set on pylons
    4. Dive under obstacle set on two pylons. Player gets up and turns 360 degrees around pylon, skates forwards (six metres) pivots forward to backwards and skates backwards to boards. Lateral crossovers back to original postion. Repeat
  4. Same set up as 3. Players can carry puck with them. Must slide puck under obstacles on pylons, skate around and puck it up. Perform an open ice carry on the return to position.

Repeat using route-2 as players should do on forehand and backhand

Drill Diagram
Initiation level balance and agility hockey drill

This is a good passing and skating drill. Half the players line up and practice passing and the other half practice skating with the puck. If desired the entire team can practice passing, and then the entire team can practice handling the puck

Time Description
10 Minutes Stationary Passing / Receiving and Stopping with puck
Review and demonstrate key points

  1. Players partner off approximately six metres apart
    • Practice forehand pass and receive
    • practice backhand pass and receive
    • Alternate with players spaced ten metres apart
  2. Players practice stickhandling across the ice stop and repeat.

Repeat 6-7 times

Drill Diagram
passing drill for Initiation hockey

More Initiation Hockey Drills – Small area games

Check out this PDF that includes a lot of small area games that are great for younger hockey players.

hockey-drill-bookFor more drills I recommend the Weiss tech hockey playbook and hockey Drillbook, you can buy them separately, or together as a bundle Learn more about the playbook and drillbook here. If you don’t know Jeremy Weiss you should definitely follow his blog as he is a very smart coach, and he is always sharing new drills for all age levels.

I hope these drills will help you come up with some effective practices for your players. I am working on putting a post together for Novice level hockey drills and Novice level Practice plan. If you would like to get more posts like this sent right to your inbox then feel free to subscribe to this blog by entering your email address in the box to the left.

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Power Skating Drills

Power Skating

Power skating is very important if you want to build your strength, acceleration and technique. If you are serious about playing hockey then you should implement many power skating drills into your practice. All of the power skating techniques shown in these videos are for on ice development, however this does not mean you have to rent a rink to practice! Shovel your pond off, find an out door rink, shovel off the ice on the lake, or build a rink in your backyard! (for us in the northern climates) Power skating is crucial to improving your game, after all the easiest way to get past the defense is to skate right past them. Stickhandling is great when you need it, but why stick handle around 3 players and risk losing the puck when you could possibly skate past them for a one on one with the goalie?

I will save the rants for some of my stickhandling articles. This is the 3rd video of 3 about power skating

You should try to power skate anytime you can. If your hockey team is leaving the ice after a practice, or the guys are getting off the ice after shinny and the zamboni is not coming on the ice yet, grab the net and push it as hard as you can around the ice a few times. Power skating is a great way to improve your game!
I hope you enjoyed the 3 power skating videos, and feel free to share this site with friends. Also thanks to CoachWalt on youtube for putting these videos up.

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Elite Power Skating Video

This power skating video is part 2 in the series of 3. This video show’s power skating drills that incorporate stick handling and puck control. Incorporating stick handling into power skating drills is a good way to build a players ability to control the puck in many situations. While most power skating drills should focus on skating, technique and power, it is important to also include some puck control in order to help the player become more rounded.

This series of videos show’s helpful power skating techniques, these drills are important for elite hockey players to help bring them to the next level.  To see more power skating drills for hockey you can view the next, or previous posts.

The bands that the hockey player is wearing help keep the stride even, and build power. This is a common resistance training technique.

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Advanced Power Skating Drills Video – Canadian

Power Skating Drills

Here is a power skating drill video. This is part 1, these hockey videos outline some advanced power skating drills. This is a great power skating video for players who would like to raise their game. Utilizing these power skating techniques will improve your skating, speed and acceleration.

POWER SKATING VIDEO – PART 1

This is a great video if you are looking for adult power skating, young and old hockey players will benefit from these hockey drills.

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