a confined space.
They may be played in any area of the ice...
Inside a face off circle, cross ice (below the blue
line, between the blue lines), between the face
off dots and in a corner are some examples.
The key is the number of players can be reduced
by incorporating small games as a station(s) on
the ice allowing smaller numbers of players per
game situation... Greatly enhancing the amount
and length of time the players are in contact with
the puck and play. Studies show, in a game,
contact with the puck is measured in seconds,
with stations and small games this can increase
2, 3 or 4 nets in play, with no or multiple goalies,
with pucks, balls, multiple pucks or balls or
special rules: forehands only, backhands only,
skates only, have the players hold the stick in the
wrong hands ('lefties' play right handed and
'righties' play left handed), 2 passes before a
shot, must be a bounce pass off the boards, some
players have to stay in a specific area, etc.
Be creative place the nets on angles in different
locations and at different distances apart. Be
careful to not create an unsafe environment...
Example: 2 nets back to back with 2 goalies will
by a puck. However, nets back to back with one
goalie protecting both nets is a great way to
encourage quick movement of the puck,
'one-timers', not to mention a great work-out for
the goalie with lots of sliding pad saves. With the
nets back to back: As your goalies get
stronger/better you can increase the distance
between the nets, this also gives the players
another playing option between the nets.
Players love to play!! ... So let them, as part of a
controlled environment that forces them to be
creative while reinforcing game skills.