U12 - PeeWee 3 Station Practice Plan #3

Practice Date: 
Monday, July 27, 2020

Practice Length: 60 minutes

Drills: 
Brittish Bulldog with Control Turns
Length of Time: 
10 minutes
Station Number: 
Warm Up
The Greatest Drill in the World
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1
Puck Tag - Stickhandling and Awareness Game
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
2
2 vs 2 Rebound Battle Drill
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3
Three 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
Players love this drill so much it was referred to as "The Greatest Drill in the World" within our team, hence the name. This drill is a variation of the typical 3 on 3 cross ice game. In this variation coaches, or designated players, are placed on each side as shown in the diagram. These coaches (or players) are used as outlets for each team. Therefore, when a team has control of the puck they will have a 5 on 3 advantage because they can use either of these outlets. When they receive a pass, the designated coaches (or players) must pass back to a player on the same team from which they received the pass. Encourage quick puck movement, moving without the puck, lots of talking, puck protection, and taking advantage of 2 on 1 situations.
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
1

This game is guaranteed to be loved by your players. It may involve some participation of your coaches but players can also be used as the "taggers". The game forces players to maintain puck control while having to be aware of what is going on around them.

Set Up

The game is best set up in a zone or station. Each player will start with a puck. Designate 2 or 3 players or coaches to be the "taggers". On the whistle players will skate around the zone while maintaining control of their puck and trying to not get touched by a "tagger". If a player gets tagged they must hold their stick in their top hand with the puck touching the blade of their stick and the bottom hand high up in the air and their feet spread to shoulder width apart. They cannot join the game again until another player attacks thir triangle by stickhandling through their legs or under their stick (triangle created by stickblade and feet). The goal for the "taggers" is to try and get all the players "frozen" at the same time.

Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
2

Winning loose puck battles is a major deciding factor in the outcome of a game. This battle drill challenges players to compete for a loose puck after a rebound and have the awareness to pass the puck to their teammate at the point. After the loose puck battle is won, the player passes it back to their teammate at the point, which will begin a 2 vs 1. 

Setup:

  • This can be setup to be a station, or a half ice drill. 
  • A coach or player dumps the puck on net and the goalie plays it to either corner.
  • 2 players are spread out and charge into the corner to compete for the puck. Whoever comes out with the puck must pass it to their point player to begin a 2 vs 1.
  • The drill is stopped after a goal, the goalie freezes it, or the puck is moved out of the zone.

Offensive Coaching Points:

  • Players who arrive at the puck first should work on deceptive fakes with their body to escape from the corner. Fakes with your hips and pointing your skates in the opposite direction are extremely effective in this situation.
  • Once you have the puck, protect it, get your head up and make a pass to the point.
  • The point should be active calling for the puck and moving to space.

Defending Coaching Points:

  • The defender should work on playing the body in the corner with stick on puck. 
  • When 2 vs. 1 begins, the defender should hold the middle and try to force a bad angle shot.
  • Have good stick position. Do not swing your stick as it will open up passing lanes and make you off balance.

Variations:

  • You can allow the point player that does not receive the pass to jump into the play so it is a full 2 vs 2. 
  • You can have only one point player, which is demonstrated in the 2 vs 1 Rebound Battle.
Length of Time: 
15 minutes
Station Number: 
3