U10 - 3 Station Practice Plan #5

Practice Date: 
Friday, June 19, 2020

Practice length: 60 minutes

Drills: 
Puck Tag
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up Activity
Coach's Call - Third Ice Station
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1
Neutral Zone Puck Races #5
Length of Time: 
7 minutes
Station Number: 
2
Neutral Zone Puck Races #6
Length of Time: 
7 minutes
Station Number: 
2
3 vs 3 Cross Ice
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3
Three Zones

This is a great warm up activity for the younger players (U12 and younger). Depending on the amount of players you can set the bouldaries for this game to be played in half ice, inside the blue line at one end, or in the neutral zone. This game will help players develop awareness while maintaining control of the puck. It will require them to have their head up and find players that are "frozen".

Setup

In this game every player will have a puck. The coach will define a boundary based on the amount of players in the game. At the start of the game you must identify 3 players or coaches to be “IT”.

How to play

  • On the whistle the players will skate within the boundary while controlling the puck.
  • The players (or coaches) that are “IT” try to tag as many players as they can by touching them.
  • When a player is touched they must stand with one hand on their stick, feet apart, and the other hand up in the air like they are raising their hand.
  • In order to get back in the game another player must attack their triangle by stickhandling through their legs or the space between their feet and stick.
  • Play for about 3 minutes or until all of the players have been tagged and are standing still.
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up Activity
Coach's Notes: 

Use full ice or divide players into three groups right away and have each group play in their starting stattion.

This cross ice small area game allows the coach to decide how many players from each team will play in each round.

Setup

Place two nets (mini nets if no goalies) facing each other like you would in regular 3 vs 3 cross ice. The coach has the pucks in the middle of the ice at the edge of the zone (blue line). The players are split into two teams on each side of the coach. La

How to play

The coach starts each round by calling out a number for each team and dumping a puck into the zone. That number of players from each team will jump into the game. The teams play until a goal is scored or the coach blows the second whistle. Then the coach will call out new numbers for each team and a new round begins.

Credit: Animation and diagram produced using Hockey Coach Vision.

Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1

This neutral zone puck race focuses on cross-overs and control turns.

Set Up

Place two equal lines at the starting line marked by a couple of cones next to the face-off dots (see diagram). Place cones or tires in a square as shown and make sure to keep them out of the middle so they are not in the way as players are racing for the puck. Place another tire or cone on the opposite face-off dots. A coach will have the pucks along the wall on the opposite side. A net can be placed between the lines. If you have a goalie then use a regular sized net. If not, a mini net will work fine.

How to Play

Players will do forward cross-overs around the four tires. They do one full lap making sure they do not run into each other. Then they skate out to the far cone/tire do a tight control turn and race for the puck that the coach has placed into play.

Credit: Diagram and animation produced using Hockey Coach Vision.

Length of Time: 
7 minutes
Station Number: 
2

This puck race focuses on quick forward to backward and backward to forward transitions. Players work on these skating fundamentals in the context of competition.

Setup

Please refer to the diagram to see where the tires/cones should be placed. The coach will have the pucks along the far wall.  Try to match up players of equal ability. You can use mini nets or regular nets depending on if you have a goalie available.

How to play

On the whistle the first player from each line skates forwards to the tire, transitions backwards towards the other tire, and then quickly transitions forwards around the 2nd tire. Then they skate forward to the next set of tires and do the same thing. After the 2nd set of tires they skate forward to far tire do a tight control turn and race for the puck set out by the coach.

Length of Time: 
7 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