Practice Evaluation Checklist:
- Are there goals and objectives set for the
- Have a plan for what you would like the players
- Is the practice designed to reflect the skill
and age of your players?
- Are you teaching a breakout and the players
can't pass or receive a pass...
- Are you practicing passing and shooting and the
players can hardly balance on their skates...
- Have a specific purpose and meet the practice
- Invest in a stop watch and hold yourself to a
time-line. Avoid doing one drill for 1/2, 3/4 or all
- Did you use the entire ice surface available to
you? ( Full or half ice)
- Break your players into groups (skill or line
based) and get help out on the ice to run and
manage multiple stations.
- Do the drills flow and add incremental skill
- Start simple when introducing a new drill and
slowly build on the drill basics. Add extra
passing, shooting, crossing, etc.
- Do you teach a new skill and drill early in the
- Get the players attention early when they are
- Do you teach a new skill and drill in every
- Avoid the habit of having 4 or 5 drills only,
expand your drill library to keep the practices
challenging and interesting.
- Do you keep all players moving and active?
- You should gauge your practice by how active
the players are vs standing around (for any
- Do you demonstrate skills and drills clearly?
- Skip the verbal instruction... Jump right to a
demonstration (coaches and/or players)
- Do you use all your on ice help effectively to
keep the practice running smoothly?
- Put the on ice help to work running the stations,
if you can, the coaches work with the players re:
skills and tactics.
- Do you observe, evaluate and give POSITIVE
feedback throughout the practice?
- It's easy to give negative feedback, work to
provide a positive learning environment. Find the
positive and work in what needs to be corrected
in a constructive way.
- Do you keep the drills effective, competitive,
active and challenging?
- Players love a challenge... Encourage the
players to practice with intensity
- Do you listen and talk with all your players?
- Be attentive and list to their question then
respond in a positive manner. If it is a general
team question make sure the team knows the
question and the response. If you are working
with smaller players get down to their level...
Drop to a knee to look them eye to eye.
- Do you include a warm-up and cool down in
- Get the players skating and moving right away
and give them a few minutes to cool down if they
have been skating hard at the end of practice.
- Do you include at least 1 fun drill per practice
(as simple as a small game station, stick tug-
a-war, own the dot, sharks and minnows,
- It's easy to incorporate a 'FUN' station that
works specific or general skills anytime in the
practice flow... Be creative!
- Do you stop drills when they are not doing it
properly or there is a general a lack of effort?
- If your players are goofing off and they will from
time to time. Reset the drill and emphasis what is
to be accomplished and the importance of
executing at game speed.
- Do you emphasize fun in a positive learning
- As a coach of 'Minor' hockey your goal should be
to make sure each player develops to their
individual potential. Hockey is a marathon and
not a sprint, by keeping the players in the
game... Only then do they have a chance of
reaching their potential.
- Do you ask the players for feedback re:
positives about the practice?
- Make them part of the practice process, they will
be more engaged and receptive.
- How about asking the players about areas
that could be improved...
- Modify the practice to take into account their
feedback. At the start of the year, ask them to
all design a drill (age dependent) and try to work
one in for each practice.