U14 - Down Low Play & Wall Play Skills
The focus areas in this practice center around wall play skills and offensive/defensive play below the tops of the circles. 80% of the game of hockey is played along the walls. This practices emphasizes the skating, puckhandling and decision making skills that improve the ability to improve puck conditions and make plays in tight areas.
Talk to the players about exposing versus protecting the puck and the associated skills.
Encourage players to work on using their eyes to show deception (faking that they're looking to pass to the point or the middle) before cutting back each time.
Progress to adding in an option for a pass to the slot.
Can start this as a 1v1 or 2v2.