U16 Backchecking Practice
3 Speed Warm-Up Drill
Up and Back Progression Drill
Wallee 2 vs. 2 Scoring & Defending Game
Please Note: The Practice of the Week is designed to be utilized across multiple age levels. With that being said, we highly encourage you to adjust the drills based on your team's age and skill levels. These drills and practices can be modified to become more basic or more advanced.
This practice focuses on developing backchecking habits and technique. The drills and games in this practice put your players in different backchecking situations and require them to work hard to deny scoring opportunities. The drills and games also work on capitalizing on scoring opportunities while back-pressure is being applied.
Backchecking for Younger Age Levels
At the younger age levels you can keep it basic with some simple individual fundamentals:
- Determination - move your feet until you are on the defensive side of your opponent and have created equal numbers
- Funnel back through the middle with sticks flat on the ice - players should be inside the dots when backchecking to put themselves in optimal position
- Awareness - don't stare at the puck, look for open opponents on the weak side or the high slot
For some of the older teams, we have a breakdown of the roles and responsibilities for each position in the document below
The article below has more detail on backchecking with some animated breakdowns
More Advanced Drills (U16 Coaches)
For some of the older teams, you may want to add more advanced backchecking drills. Here are some options you can use to replace some of the more basic drills in this practice: