How do you teach being first to the puck?
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06-17-2013, 11:12 AM
Join Date: May 2010
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i have gone as far as saying in practices and in the room that "the other team should NEVER have the puck" if they have the puck we get it back asap, never watch them skate and never let them get the puck first.
keep away drills in practice are good for this. have 2 coaches with stop watches and play 3 on 3. seclude them to one section of the ice and let them play keep away. time how long each team of 3 holds the puck. who ever gets to 2mins first wins. then the next group of 3 challenges them. the losers wind sprint down the ice and back and then wait for their next turn. most kids are natually competitive so making it a competition takes away the drill aspect and encourages puck possesion.
We do this in our pickup games at our local roller rink. Since the rink is the size of half a zone(blue line to goal line) there is very limited room and makes you read plays quicker and forces you to work on passing and reading what one another does. This also allows players to focus on protecting the puck and working on the boards. When we go and play our games you see the improvements in how everyone works together.
Our guys stay out there until the goalie freezes the puck/ball or a goal is scored. Because guys don't want to get off too early it forces them to use each other and pass to one another.
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