U8 - 3 Station Practice Plan #8

Warm Up

Torpedo (Full Ice) - 10 minutes

Station #1

1 vs 1 in a box - 15 minutes

Station #2

Neutral zone races #3 & #4 - 15 minutes

Station #3

Greatest Drill in the World - 15 minutes

Torpedo is a great warm up activity for young hockey players. It is most appropriate for U8 & U10 but even U12 players find it fun and engaging. The game gets players warmed up, excited, and raises the excitement level for practice.

How to Play

All the player will throw their sticks down behind the goal line so they are out of the way and line up all the way across the goal line. The coaches will collect as many cones as the can and station themselves along the wall. On the whistle the players will try to skate from one end to the other without getting hit by a "torpedo" (cone). If they get hi they have to take a knee until the game is over. The last player to get hit wins that round.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up

This version of 1 vs 1 allows players to play in a tight space. The small space allows them to start developing puck protection instincts, winning 50/50 races for pucks, and how to take pucks away. There is really nowhere for players to hide so they have to be engaged.

Set Up

View the diagram and animation to show you how the playing areas can be setup. The coach will have the pucks just outside the box with players split up on both side. Try to match players of similar ability together. The coach will throw a puck into the box and the next to two players in line will play 1 vs 1. Once a goal is scored the coach plays a new puck into the box and the next two players go.

Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1

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 minutes
Station Number: 
2

This puck race requires quick, tight control turns in both directions. It is a nice progression from the Neutral Zone Puck Races #1 & #2.

Setup

Place a mini net in the middle of the station and inline with the dots. Please reference the diagram and animation for the placement of the tires / cones. It is also important to try and pair players of similar ability level to compete against each other.

Credit: Animation and diagram produced using 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