U10 - 4 Station Practice Plan #4

Practice Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Practice Length: 60 Minutes

Drills: 
Brittish Bulldog with Control Turns
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up
Back to Back Small Area Game
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
1
1 vs 1 in a box
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
2
Quarter Ice Obstacle Course #2
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
3
Forehand Shooting Fundamentals #2
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
4
Four 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: 
Warm Up

In this small area game you will place the nets back to back in the middle of the playing area. This version is played in small areas so it is intended for quarter ice or sixth ice stations. Depending on the amount of players you have you can do 3 vs 3, 2 vs 2, or even 1 vs 1.

How the Game is Played

Divide the players up equally and have them start on their own side. The coach will play a puck into the playing area and players compete for the puck. In this version there are no rules as to where players can go. They are simply trying to score on the opponents net. When a goal is scored the coach plays an new puck to the team that was just scored upon and they begin play. Play for about 90 seconds and blow the whitle for a shift change. If all the players are able to play then allow a 20 - 30 second rest and start another 90 second shift.

Credit: Animation and diagram produced using Hockey Coach Vision

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
1

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: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
2

This obstacle course is geared for advanced players at the mite / novice (u8) age level. It includes the following skating fundamentals:

  • forward to backwards transition
  • backwards skating
  • backwards to forwards transition
  • two foot jumps
  • cross-overs
  • one foot step overs
  • forward stride

Set Up

To view the layout of the objects be sure to view the diagram. Place a cone about 20 feet straight in front of the line and a second cone slightly staggered almost back at the goal line. Then slightly after the first cone place two borders about 5 feet apart. Next place 4 cones in a square far eough apart so that players can do cross-overs around them. Then place 4 sticks about 3 feet apart at the outer edges of the station as shown.

It might be best to allow players a few test runs before you start the actual races. This way you can have several players going at once and they get more repetitions.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
3

This drill also works on basic fundamentals of the forehand shot. The players will collect the puck at about the top of the circle on their forehand. As they continue around the pad they will keep the puck on their forehand and take a shot once they are clear of the pad.

Set up the drill with the left handed players in line to the goalie's left and the right handed players to the goalie's right. The coach will start the drill by placing a puck at the top of the circle. Take turns alternating lines and make sure the goalie has enough time to recover.

Coaching Points

  • keep the puck in shooting position as you go around the pad.
  • keep puck back in stance as mush as possible.
  • use good weight transfer, weight should be on foot closet to the goal after the shot.
  • use inside edges as you collect the puck and skate around the pad.
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
4