Practice Notes

This practice plan is focused on developing skills, both without and without the puck, for quick transitions -- from defense to offense and offense to defense -- in various situations all over the ice.

Key Coaching Points

  • Mindset: Encourage players to anticipate and react quickly on turnovers or takeaways to quickly transition offensively and defensively. Finding openings, seams, and space to quickly take advantage of advantage situations is a key awareness and decision-making skill.   
  • Technical Skills: The focus areas are to develop skills to quickly transition with skating, puck control and passing execution.  
  • Tactical Skills 
    • Defense to Offense: When your team regains possession of the puck, players looking to recognize and create 2v1 situations through passing and player movement.   
    • Offense to Defense: When a puck is turned over, quickly sorting out defensive positioning and making reads on what the situation is, where your teammates and support players are, and looking to limit scoring chances while trying to get the puck back as quickly as possible. 

Practice Diagram

Full Ice

Drills

Length of Time: 
5-min
Length of Time: 
5-min
Length of Time: 
8-10min

One option is to start this drill as a quick 2v1 battle where the 2Fs have to win the puck from a D right outside the center circle and then quickly transition back the other direction. The opposing D cannot activate to defend the 2v2 rush until the 2Fs win possession of the puck. 

Length of Time: 
10-min
Length of Time: 
10-min
Length of Time: 
8-10min
Length of Time: 
10-12 min

Systems

No systems have been added to this practice

Exercises

No off-ice exercises have been added to this practice.