U12 Half Ice Practice

This is a practice that consists of all half-ice drills appropriate for Pee Wees and/or U12 age levels.
Footwork Shots - Ice Hockey Drill

Here are two hockey drills that work on footwork, passing, and shooting.  It is good for half ice situations or stations. In one drill the cones are set up parrallel to the goal line and in the other one they are set up perpendicular.  In both drills the players start outside the zone and inline with the face off dots.  There is one player that starts in the corner with the pucks.  On one side the players do a figure eight while receiving passes from the corner and shooting.  On the other side they are going around the cones while transitioning forwards and backwards and making passes to the player in the corner.  After two shots the player goes to the corner and becomes the passer for the next player.

Eagles Half Ice 1 on 1

Great half ice drill here!  It incorporates passing, shooting, moving your feet, breakout timing, gap control, and 1 on1.  The forwards all line up in the corner without pucks.  The defense line up just inside the forwards with the pucks as shown in the diagram.  To start the drill F1 skates up along the boards and receives a pass from D1.  F1 receives the pass, skates around the circle and takes a shot on net.   F1 transitions around the bottom of the other circle so they are always facing the play. After F1's shot, D1 takes a puck and skates around the net to give F1 a breakout pass.  F1 receives the breakout pass and skates up near center ice and around the cone or tire closest to the red line.  D1 follows the play and tranistions around the cone closest to the blue line to play F1 in a 1 on 1 back towards the net.

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Eagles Half Ice 2 on 1

This is a variation of the Eagles half ice 1 on 1 drill.  Now we add a forward to make it a 2 on 1. The forwards all line up in the corner without pucks.  The defense line up just inside the forwards with the pucks as shown in the diagram.  To start the drill F1 skates up along the boards and receives a pass from D1.  F1 receives the pass, skates around the circle and takes a shot on net.   F1 then continues around the circle.  F2 follows F1 out of the corner and also receives a pass from D1 out of the corner.  After their shot, F2 tranisions around the bottom of the other circle to receive a breakout pass from D1.  F1 times their break into the slot to receive a pass from F2.  F1 and F2 then continue outside the blue line and transition back against D1 in a 2 on 1 situation.

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Cross Ice 2 on 1

This is a good drill for all ages and can be especially good for younger ages.  It is very useful for practices in which stations are used because it only used one zone.  If needed this drill can be run in the neutral zone as well.

Have players line up in two teams along the blue line.  The coach has the pucks in the middle of the ice at the blue line.  Place a cone on the side of each net as shown in the diagram.

On the whistle two players will take off from the green line.  The first player skates around the net and looks to receive a pass from the coach.  The second player skates up to the cone and does a tight control turn and then heads up ice with F1 (cones may need to be adjusted so that F2 is even with F1 when he gets the puck).

At the same time D1 from the blue line skates around their net and takes on green F1 and F2 on the 2 on 1 rush.

On the next whistle two players from the blue line go on offense and 1 player from green will go on defense.  The 2 on 1 plays alternate back and forth.

This drill does not restrict players to offense or defense.  Players play both offense or defense.

A fun way to keep score is award 1 point for the offense if they score and 3 points for a defender if they create a turnover and score on the other net.