U10 - 3 Station Practice Plan #1

Practice Date: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Practice Length: 
60 Minutes
Drills: 
Sharks & Minnows - Full Ice
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up Activity
Finders Keepers - Station
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1
Neutral Zone Puck Races #1
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
2
Neutral Zone Puck Races #2
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
2
3 vs 3 Cross Ice
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3
Three Zones

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.

Variation #1 - Power Turns

This variation makes is tougher by requiring players to do 2 power turns within the neutral zone. They are required to do one power turn at the red line and then another power turn at the blue line. Then they have to try and get to the far blue line without being tagged. Players can power turn in either direction so they need to be aware of which direction will give them a better chance to not get tagged.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up Activity

This is a great warm up hockey activity or station drill to incorporate into your practices. Players will love it and it helps ramp up the energy and excitement for practice.

How the game is played

  • Divide players into two sides.
  • Place half as many pucks as there are players along the center line.
  • On the whistle players will compete for posession of a puck.
  • After 30 seconds blow the whistle.
  • Players without a puck have to leave the game and/or do push-ups.
  • Repeat until you have a champion.
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1

Puck races are great for promoting compete level in the players. This is a simple one where players go around one tire, do a control turn around the second tire, and then race for the puck. The player that wins the puck gets to shoot on the net.

Setup

Place a mini net in the middle of the zone and inline with the dots. Place tires or cones as shown in the diagram including a couple cones at the start of each line to mark the starting line. The coach will have all the pucks on the far side. Try to pair up players of equal ability.

Credit: Animation and diagram produced using Hockey Coach Vision.

Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
2

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: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
2

This is a basic cross ice 3 vs 3. Depending on your numbers and the age level you can do 4 vs 4 as well. Keep in mind one of the goals is to get every player engaged and a lot of puck touches.

Set Up

Place two nets cross ice facing each other with three players from each team in the playing area. In this set up the goals are moved up to the face-off dots. This allows more space behind the nets and allows for more plays and shots on net. Allow the players to play for 60 - 90 seconds then blow the whistle for a shift change.

Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3