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3 station drills
3 stations x 6-7 minutes
Break up into Three groups of 4-5 players.
Players try to shoot the duck when moving to the next activity. If that is too easy, try it backwards.
Coaches distribute water at each station as kids arrive.
Station 1: Give-Away Game
Players split into 2 teams with one team on each side of the line. Players must stay on their own side. The players attempt to shoot as many pucks as possible into the other team's zone. On the whistle to end the game, the team with the fewest pucks in their zone wins.
Station 2: Pass between the cones
Divide players into two teams. Teams score by making a pass through the cones that a team mate receives. If only 3 players play 2-on-1 and switch around. Goal is to teach kids to create passing lanes. Get a point each time players are able to make a pass between the cones. The pass has to be a completed pass.
Station 3: Loose puck race w/ puck carry and Pass
On coaches whistle, players skate with puck around first three cones. After third cone, player immediately passes puck at the cone next to barrier. If player hits the cone with the pass they get 1 point. After passing the puck, players continue around last cone and race to the puck in the center that the coach placed there. First player to the puck tries to score and second backchecks. If player scores, they get another point. Try to keep score. Focus on making pass right after going around the cone and on moving feet after pass. They should use their backhand if they come around the cone on their backhand. Players should change lines after each race.
Designating Forwards as F1, F2, and F3
Recently more coaches are designating forward positions as F1, F2, and F3 rather than Left Wing, Right Wing, and Center. These flexible designations are used when forwards change spots based on the events in the game. The F3 forward specializes in reading the game adjusting his play based on how the other forwards position themselves. The number associated with each forward indicates the order in which they enter the zone. F1 enters first, then F2, and finally F3. Each forward has a different role based on the order they enter the offensive or defensive zone. A player can change his designation and may be F1 on offence but not on defence. In the offensive zone F1 carries the puck towards the net. F2 supports F1. F3 hangs back to so he can quickly transition to defence in the event of a turnover. The F3 on offense becomes the F1 on defence as he is the closet forward to the defensive zone and moves into the zone first. The F1 on offence will become the F3 on defence and will be up high covering the other team’s defenceman.