Pee Wee / U12 Station Practice #1
This is a station based practice plan for U12 / PeeWee 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
Decision Time 2 on 1
Quarter Ice Angle 1 vs 1
Skate Cross Station Progression #1
Skate Cross Station Progression #2
Skate Cross Station Progression #3
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.
- Give target and communicate before receiving pass.
- Keep feet moving during drill!
Coach can chip puck behind net. D that is lined up next to the coach can pick up the puck, round the net and hit the forward breaking out with a pass. The D can then follow the forward up to the blueline, round a cone, pivot backward and it becomes a 1 on 1!
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.
- 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.
- Coach playing defense can be switched to be a player.
- You can remove the barrier to allow a defencemen to come up and pivot in that space.
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 teaches players about how to angle properly. The offensive players will start with a puck and slalom through 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.
- The defender should keep stick on the ice on the ice at all times.
- The defender should use stick position and proper angle to discourage offensive player from cutting back to middle of the ice.
- The defender should match the speed of the player they are chasing and check their hands into the wall.