U12 - Defensive Skills & Pressuring the Puck
This practice focuses are several defensive concepts, specifically when it comes to applying pressure on the puck.
- Taking Away Time & Space
- Stick Positioning
Spend 10-minutes working on the technical skating components, specifically transitions/pivots and transition backward to forward. This allows players to get "feel reps". Encourage good posture and footwork. Allow kids to get multiple reps of each skill and working on both directions. All of your athletes should practice these skills, regardless of the position they play.
Make sure D work on pivoting both directions and always pivot taking away the middle first.
Points for D: 1 point for successfully stealing the puck and skating it out.
Points for F: 1 point for SOG, 2 points for goal
Can progress to 2v2