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Hockey Practice Guide provides Hockey Coaches Multi-Station drill layouts for hockey practices to maximize hockey player skills and coaching efficiency
Practice Do's and Don'ts:
Do
  • Make it FUN… If
    they are not having
    fun they will tune
    you out and you
    have lost their
    motive for being
    there.

  • Demonstrate the
    drill… have the
    players follow the
    example.


  • Keep the practice
    flowing… success
    should be
    measured on how
    little time players
    spend standing still.


  • Invest and use
    pylons to outline
    the flow and
    maximize the ice
    surface use.

  • Spend sometime
    investing in
    learning, there is a
    lot of information
    available in books
    and on the web.


  • Incorporate
    skating, if you can’t
    skate you can’t
    play… it’s that
    simple.  Work the
    fundamentals in a
    fun learning
    environment.


  • Be organized…
    players ready 10-
    15 minutes before
    the ice is ready.  
    Review the practice
    with coaches and
    players.
Don’t
  • Always assume it
    was a great
    players…
    incorporate the
    feedback into
    future practices.

  • Spend a lot of time
    explaining the
    drill… start the drill
    and correct on the
    fly.

  • Waste ice time
    stretching and
    discussing game
    strategy, ice time is
    valuable… spend it
    skating and
    executing drills!

  • Waste ½, ¾ of the
    ice by running/
    laying out drills
    that don’t utilize all
    the ice surface.

  • Over complicate,
    plan based on skill
    level.  If break-out
    drills involve
    passing and the
    players can’t pass
    the drill will fail.

  • Be intimated, enlist
    friends and
    brothers of the
    players to assist/
    demonstrate.  You
    need a coach/
    assistant per
    station to run an
    efficient practice.

  • Be unprepared and
    go out on to the ice
    without a practice
    plan.
General rule of thumb:
time per drill is no more
than players age.  
Example: 6 years old...
Station rotation every 6
minutes.
  • Allow the drills to
    drag on creating
    'bored and
    disinterested'
    players.
  • Have water bottles
    and 'aids' ready,
    minimum 2 pucks
    per player (3 or more
    pucks are better).
  • Forget 'aids' as it
    will throw off the
    flow of the practice
    and impact learning.
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