U10 - 3 Station Practice Plan #3

Practice Date: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Practice Length: 60 minutes

Drills: 
Brittish Bulldog with Control Turns
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Full Ice
Back to Back 3 vs 3
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1
Neutral Zone Puck Races #3
Length of Time: 
7 minutes
Station Number: 
2
Neutral Zone Puck Races #4
Length of Time: 
7 Minutes
Station Number: 
2
The Greatest Drill in the World
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3
Three Zones

This is a great worm up activty, it is a variation of the original Brittish Bulldog. In this version the players must do two control turns within the neutral zone and escape without getting their puck knocked away.

Setup

Place all the players on the goal line with a puck. Choose 3 or 4 players or coaches to be the "bulldogs".

How to Play

On the whistle, the players on the goal line will try to skate through the neutral zone without getting their puck knocked away. In this variation players must do a control turn at the red line and again at the near blue line before escaping the neutral zone. Players can control turn to either side depending on what they read gives them the best advantage.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Full Ice

This is a great small area game for working on net front battles from an offensive and defensive point of view.

Set Up

This game can be played in the offensive/defensive zone with two nets placed back to back in the middle. The coach has the pucks in the center of the ice at the blue line with each team lined up on each side of the coach.

How The Game Is Played

The coach will dump a puck into the zone. Three players from each team will jump into the play. One player from each team will be designated as the point player and they are positioned out in front of the opposing goalie. While they can go up and down the wall they cannot go closer than the hash marks on the outer edge of the circle. The other two players from each team can go anywhere. If the forward score without using the point player it is counted as 1 point, if a goal is scored as a result of a shot from the point player, screen, or tip then it counts as 2 points.

Coaching Points

  • Defensively in frontof the net make sure to block out and take care of sticks.
  • Offensively try to take space, get in front of the goalies eyes, and keep your stick available.
  • Point players need to keep shots low, look for stick blades, make sure you hit the net.
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.

How to play

The coach blows the whistle and the first two players in each line do tight control turns throught the tires. Then they skate forward to the far tire, do a tight control turn, and race for the puck thrown into play by the coach.

Credit: Animation and diagram produced using Hockey Coach Vision.

Length of Time: 
7 Minutes
Station Number: 
2
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