U14 - Offensive Zone Skills & Game Play
The focus of this practice is gaining and maintaining possession of the puck in the offensive zone, while also highlighting skills to generate scoring opportunities. The practice balances skill work and game play to encourage players to improve their recognition of plays at the offensive blue line, below the goal line, and the quiet areas for quick shots.
Key Coaching Points:
- First Touch - The first touch of the puck is crucial in dicating if, and how, your team's possession will continue in the offensive zone. Working on players' skill set for first touch on wall play is highly worth the time and repetitions.
- Creating 2v1s - With cycle players or small area games, encourage players to recognize how they can create 2v1 situations with good puck support and player movement in order to isolate a defender and create a scoring opportunity.
- Mobility on Blue Line - Encourage defensemen to get more comfortable moving along the blue line, receiving pucks in different ways, and getting shots on net or shooting for tips/redirects.
Discuss this skill and corresponding habits with your players before getting on the ice, when possible.
Ensure players get 2-3 reps on each side of their zone before switching ends.
Progress to adding in a defender to create 2v1 situations off the rush and in front of the net.
Have both defenders and forwards work on this skill of moving laterally along the blue line. Player in front of the net is working on screening the goalie and redirects.
Progress to 2v2 and add player to get up to 3v3. Award points for cyle plays, shots on net, and goals for.