U10 - 4 Station Practice Plan #2

Practice Date: 
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Practice Length: 60 Minutes

Drills: 
Torpedo - Full Ice
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up
Gates, Tires, Triangles Station
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
1
Hand Soccer
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
3
Push & Pull Relays
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
4
2 vs 2 with Regular Nets - Station
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
2
Four Zones

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 small area activity allows players a chance to work on skating and stickhandling fundamentals in a creative way. It is a good station drill to compliment work on basic stick handling and control turns.

Setup

Use a combination of tires, cones, and sticks to create three types of obstacles. Cones will represent the gates and are to be placed in pairs. Tires can be placed on their own and the triangles are represented by a tire with a stick leaning on it. All of these objects are placed randomly throughout the station.

How It Works

All players will carry a puck and skate around the station. When they come to a tire they do a full 360 turn around the tire while controlling the puck. When they come to a gate (pair of cones) they do a figure eight around both cones. When they come to a triangle they slide the puck under the stick as if they are attacking the triangle of a defender.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
1

Hand soccer is a game that requires players to stay low because they have to use their hands to move the ball. While it does make the players bend over at the waist it also forces them to use more knee bend than they normally do. Players will be using their balance and edges to compete so just let them play!

Setup

Place two cones as goals at each end of the station that are 12 - 15 feet apart.

Objective

The objective is to score goals by getting the ball through the cones that represent the other team's goals. Players must use their hands to advance the ball.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
3

In these relay races players will be working on their forward strides. There are two variations and for each variation the players simply skate out around the tire and back to the goal line. Once they cross the goal line the next pair can go. In every race each pair will go two times so that players can switch roles.

Push Partner

In this version one player is backwards and one player is forwards. The players hold each others sticks at about shoulder height together. The player going forward pushes the other player, the player going backward just glides and tries to steer them in the right direction.

Pull Partner

This is also commonly known as the chariot race. The player in front will hold a stick in each hand while the player in back will squat down and hold the sticks under their arm by the stick blade. The player in front skates while the player in back is squating down low and enjoying the ride.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
4

This version of 2 vs 2 is played on a quarter ice station using regular nets. This station allows you to use goalies if they are available. This type of 2 vs 2 is great for this size of station. It allows each player to be fully engaged at all times. With only two players it is still mostly 1 on 1 play but some of the advanced players have opportunities to make plays. Each shift should be 60 - 90 seconds then blow the whistle and throw out a new puck for the next group of players.

Coaching Points

For the most part just let them play and try not to get too involved except for managing the shift changes. Compliment them on good plays but stay away from correcting them.

Credit: Diagram produced using Hockey Coach Vision.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
2