U12 - PeeWee 3 Station Practice Plan #2

Practice Date: 
Sunday, July 26, 2020

Practice Length: 60 minutes

Drills: 
3 Player Passing Series Station
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up
Offensive Advantage 3 vs 3
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1
Finnish Skills Series
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
2
1 vs 1 in a box
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3
Three Zones

Set Up

Place players into groups of three. They can be lined up all the way down the length of the ice using the dots as a guide. Two of the players from each group can be on one side and one player straight across lined up with the dots on the other side. The first player on the side with two players will start with the puck. There are three variations to this passing station as follows: 

Variation #1

Players skate at the player in front of them making one-time passes to each other for a total of 3 passes.  After the 3rd pass the next player does the same thing towards the player on the other side. Encourage players to not slap at the puck but have soft hand and receive and pass.

Variation #2

This vaiation begins the same way with the moving player makeing three one touch passes with the player in the line straight across from them. This time the do a control turn around the player, receive the puck back and then do teh same series of passes back towards the line they started in. They do one more control turn in the opposite direction, receive the puck back, and do another 3 one touch passes back towards the other line. Now the player from the other line begins the same routine.

Variation #3

The thrid variation has the players make a pass, skate towards the player that receives the pass, and then transition backwards then pivot to forwards back towards the line they started. This will receive the pass back after they are headed back towards their line. Therefore they will always be facing the puck and never have they back turned to it. They do this 3 times so they end up in the opposite side. After 3 repetitions the player from the opposite side does the same thing.

Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up

This game is a typical 3 vs 3 small area game but with a slight twist.

Setup

Place two nets facing each other as though you were playing a normal 3 vs 3 game. Create a center line with a marker, spray paint, discs, or cones. The coach will have pucks on one side of the playing area with players split into two equal teams on both sides.

How To Play

The coach will dump a puck into play and 3 players from each team will compete for the puck. All three players from one team are allowed to be in the offensive half, however, only two players are allowed in the defensive half. This creates a 3 vs 2 situation for the offensive team in the offensive half.

Key Points

  • Players have to recognize and be aware of how many of their teammates are in the defensive half and adjust.
  • The offensive team needs to be aware of when they may lose possession of the puck and think defensively so they do not allow an easy break for the opponent that not allowed in to the defensive half.
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1

This is a great setup for a warm-up skills series that uses progressions appropriate for novice to elite skill levels. Ben Eaves demonstrates all 26 skills and progressions of this skills series he learned while playing professional hockey in Finland for 8 years. This progression involves 5 tires or cones that do not have to be moved at any time. Coaches can make the series as simple or as complex as they would like.

Repetitive practice of these skills can help with muscle memory so they can be applied in practices and games. As time goes on, work on performing the skills with your head up, and then apply more speed. To view the second part of this video, please click the Finnish Skills Series: Part 2

Here are the skills demonstrated in this video:

  • Inside edges with puck
  • Outside edges with puck
  • Tight control turns with puck protection
  • Pivots facing one direction
  • Pivots facing the opposite direction
  • Inside / outside pivoting
  • Mohawk turns
  • Forehand only puck control
  • Expansion of reach (long reach)
  • Single shift - fake left pull right
  • Single shift - fake right pull left
  • Backhand to forehand puck flip
  • Forehand puck flip
  • Push and pull puck
  • Backwards - forehand only puck control
  • Backwards - backhand only puck control
  • Backwards - underhandling and cradling puck
  • Between legs around tires
  • Scooting 360 degrees around tires
  • Tight turn Russian touch
  • Tight turn Russian touch - one hand off stick
  • Backwards to forwards pivoting figure eghts
  • Edgework stickhandle
  • Howie Hips (puck to the opposite side of tire)
  • Fake shot - forehand
  • Lateral pull around
  • Mohawk skating and puck protection

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Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
2

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: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3