U12 / Pee Wee Stations Practice #1

This is a station based practice plan for U12 / Pee Wee age levels. There are four stations and each station should be 12 - 15 minutes depending on the length of your practice. The four stations include:

  • Decision Time 2 on 1
  • Quarter Ice Angle 1 on 1
  • One Player Transition Drill
  • Skating Cross Progressions

One Player Transition Drill

One Player Transition Drill - Station Hockey Drill
Drill Description

This is a good drill for half ice practices.  It is geared towards for forwards but is not bad for defensmen either.  Place the two nest on the same goal line as shown in the diagram.  The coaches or extra players gather the pucks in the center of the zone.  Players line up just inside the red line about 10' off of the boards.  On the whistle P1 skates down inside the zone around the face off dot and transitions backwards to the boards to receive a pass from the coach. P1 controls the puck for a few strides as they skate up the wall and then they make a pass to P2 (the second player in line).  P1 continues forwards outside the blue line and then transitions backwards again to face P2 and receive the pass from P2.  P1 then skates in for a shot on net.  It is important that P1 moves their feet througout the drill. 

Decision Time 2 on 1

Decision Time 2 on 1 - Station / ADM Based Hockey Drill
Drill Description

This drill works on decision making in a 2 on 1 situation. The drill is great for station based or ADM type practices as it requires only one quarter of the ice.

Place two lines of players as shown in the diagram and place a border or obstacle just inside the blue slightly higher than the top of the circle. A coach should be placed at about the dot.

The drill starts with P1 carrying a puck straight ahead into the zone and then making a sharp cut towards the middle in front of the pad. Player two also skates straight ahead and then makes a sharpp cut towards Player 1 to receive a drop pass. Player 2 will receive the drop pass, go around the pad, and then make a decision to pass or keep the puck based on the coaches action. If the coach pressures Player 2 then they pass the puck. If the coach takes away the pass then player 2 carries the puck and shoots on net.

Coaching Points

  • Players should make sharp turns so they are moving horizontally across the ice when making the drop pass.
  • Drop pass should be to Player 2's forehand.
  • Player 2 needs to have eyes on coach to read the situation.
  • Make sure both players stop at net for rebound.

Quarter Ice Angle 1 vs 1

Quarter Ice Angle 1 vs 1 | Station Hockey Drill
Drill Description

This is a station drill that only uses 1/4 of the ice surface so it is great for station based or ADM practices. It is a simple drill but teach players about how to angle is very important and this drill set them up to work how to do this. The offensive players will start with a puck and slalom throught the cones and then try to attack the net. The defensive player will go around the cone and try to time it so that they are able to angle the offensive player to the boards.

Coaching Points

  • Use stick position to discourage offensive player from cutting back to middle of the ice.
  • Try to stay even with the offensive players shoulders with slightly more speed and check the hands into the wall.

Skate Cross Station Progression #1

Skate Cross Station Progression #1
Drill Description
The goal of this is a simple drill for the younger players that can used in a quarter ice station. The players will work on turning to both directions around the cones. After each cone the players should be able to take a couple of good strides before turning around the next cone. After the second cone the players shoul work on full length strides and try to get to full speed by the blue line.

Skate Cross Station Progression #2

Skate Cross Station Progression #2
Drill Description
This is a step up from the first skate cross progression. This adds a couple more cones so the players have to make sharper turns around each cone and stay engaged for a little bit longer. The fundamentals of the drill don't change. Players should work on good control turns and then a couple of good strides before the next cone. After the last cone the players should use full length strides to get to top speed by the blue line.

Skate Cross Station Progression #3

Skate Cross Station Progression #3
Drill Description
This variation requires the players to be ready to make turns quicker than the previous two variations. This time as players turn around the cone they may only be able to take one full stride before turning the other direction. After the last cone they players should work on using full strides to get to top speed by the blue line.