U8 - 3 Station Practice Plan #7

Warm Up

Sharks & Minnows (Full Ice) - 10 minutes

Station #1

1 vs 1 multiple games with mini nets - 15 minutes

Station #2

Neutral zone races #2 & #3- 15 minutes

Station #3

Greatest Drill in the World - 15 minutes

Sharks and minnows could be one of the most popular youth sports games around. In the hockey world you may know this as pom-pom-pullaway. It is a great way to start a practice session becuase it gets kids excited and engaged.

How to Play

All the players place their sticks down below the goal line and line up across the goal line. Select 3-4 players or coaches to be the "sharks". The "sharks" must stay between the blue lines at all times. On the whistle the players will skate from one side of the ice to the other. The object is to not get touched by a "shark". If they get touched then they join the "sharks" in the middle for the rest of the game. The last player to not get touched by a "shark" wins that round.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up

In this game the players play 1 vs 1 but there are several game going on at once so they need to be aware of their surroundings. It is up to the coach to decide how many games can be going on at one time. Three games is a good place to start and depending on how tired the players are getting you can adjust as the game goes on.

Credit: Diagram and animation produced using Hockey Coach Vision.

Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1

This is a good race to do as a progression from Neutral Zone Puck Race #1. This race requires players to use tight control turns around each tire.

Setup Up

Place a mini net in the middle of the zone inline with the dots. The coach has the pucks on the far side of the ice. Place the tires as shown on the diagram and animaiton. It is helpful to place two cones to mark the starting line for each line. Try to have players of equal ability go against each other.

Coaching Points

Give a good demonstration to the players on how to do a proper control turn. They should lead slightly with their inside skate, trust the outside edge of their inside skate, and rotate their chest and head to where they want to go.

Credit: Animation and diagram produced using Hockey Coach Vision.

Length of Time: 
7 minutes
Station Number: 
2

In this puck race the players we add a forwards to backwards transition and a backwards to forwards transition. The players also work on tight control turns.

Setup

Place a mini net in the middle of the ice inline with the dots. The coach is with the pucks at the far side. Please reference the diagram and animation for the positions of the tires / cones. Be sure to have players of equal ability compete against each other as much as possible.

Credit: Animation and diagram produced by Hockey Coach Vision.

Length of Time: 
7
Station Number: 
2
The Greatest Drill in the World
Players love this drill so much it was referred to as "The Greatest Drill in the World" within our team, hence the name. This drill is a variation of the typical 3 on 3 cross ice game. In this variation coaches, or designated players, are placed on each side as shown in the diagram. These coaches (or players) are used as outlets for each team. Therefore, when a team has control of the puck they will have a 5 on 3 advantage because they can use either of these outlets. When they receive a pass, the designated coaches (or players) must pass back to a player on the same team from which they received the pass. Encourage quick puck movement, moving without the puck, lots of talking, puck protection, and taking advantage of 2 on 1 situations.
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3
Ability Level: 
Advanced