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05-12-2012, 08:29 PM
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Easy practice drills for an adult noob team?

I'm running a quick practice tomorrow for our D-league team of adults who've been playing less than 2 years. I need some simple half-ice drills to keep us occupied and help us improve a bit. A lot of the players really aren't comfortable handling/shooting the puck so some basic drills that incorporate passing/shooting would be great. Conditioning is important too. I'm sure all you guys who have played on organized teams have a lot of simple drills you take for granted - I don't know any of them off the top of my head. Suggestions? Much appreciated!

We really struggle to keep the puck in the offensive zone and break the puck out of the defensive zone. So yea, we pretty much struggle at hockey.

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A breakout, passing, shooting all rolled into one 1/2 ice drill.

http://www.jes-hockey.com/animated/d...variation.html

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Don't waste time on system or game play drills until your players are capable of executing the fundaments fairly well (skating, passing, shooting). Nothing is a bigger waste of time than running a breakout drill with players who can't make tape to tape passes. Time with that level of player is much better spent in small groups doing skill drills, working on edgework, passing, basic shooting technique, etc.

Put 6-7 players around a face off circle and have them pass to a player across from them and follow their pass right across and replace the player they passed to and so on and so on. Get them doing that fast. If they're good at that, do moving 2 man passing drills with cones, etc.

Run lines, but make them do them right, with the proper bend, and make them hockey stop at each end facing the same side of the rink, so they work on stopping both ways.

Run Russian circles to make them work on crossovers both ways.

Run simple C cut drills and lemon drills.

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skating with the puck, learn to find open space, and passing to an open man.

without the puck, learn to skate with/support your teammate, follow him, be ready to pick up if he loses the puck, anticipate his actions, give him options.

once the puck exchange takes place, roles change. you can construct any number of drills doing just this. use your imagination.

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Don't waste time on system or game play drills until your players are capable of executing the fundaments fairly well (skating, passing, shooting). Nothing is a bigger waste of time than running a breakout drill with players who can't make tape to tape passes. Time with that level of player is much better spent in small groups doing skill drills, working on edgework, passing, basic shooting technique, etc.

Put 6-7 players around a face off circle and have them pass to a player across from them and follow their pass right across and replace the player they passed to and so on and so on. Get them doing that fast. If they're good at that, do moving 2 man passing drills with cones, etc.

Run lines, but make them do them right, with the proper bend, and make them hockey stop at each end facing the same side of the rink, so they work on stopping both ways.

Run Russian circles to make them work on crossovers both ways.

Run simple C cut drills and lemon drills.

this x100 ... you wouldnt ask 8 yo to do systems, so why people learning the physical skills required. perfect.

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