Hockey December 4, 2018


SMALL-AREA GAMES – OFFENCE TO DEFENCE

Setup and execution:
Three players line up on offence and three players line up on defence. All
play is confined to one zone. If the defensive players get the puck out of
the zone, the offensive players then play defence against three new
offensive players. If the offensive players score, the defensive players
have to play against three new offensive players.

Key teaching points:

  • Smart, efficient plays on defence.
  • Defence must carry the puck out of the zone, not shoot it.
  • Don’t get caught on long defensive shifts.
  • Offensive and defensive awareness.
  • In addition to a diagram and written explanation, each drill available
    through the Hockey Canada Network includes a video showing how it works,
    and a clip showing exactly how the drill can be beneficial in a game
    situation.

    The Network app allows coaches to filter through hundreds of drills, select
    which ones they want for practice, and share the drills with their team.
    Players and other coaches can now step on the ice already knowing what the
    drills look like, meaning that less time is spent explaining, and more time
    can be spent practicing.

    At the start of every month, Drills of the Month will be posted on the
    Hockey Canada Network for coaches of every level. The drills will be shared
    through teams within the Network; follow the instructions below to join a
    team.

    If you already have a Hockey Canada Network account,
    select the link that corresponds to your program level to join and receive
    the Drills of the Month. You can join as many teams as you would like.

    Initiation Coaches
    Novice Coaches
    Atom – Peewee Coaches
    Bantam – Midget Coaches
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    Parent Information

    If you are new to the Hockey Canada Network,
    follow these instructions to set up your free account. The Hockey Canada
    Network is available to Android and iOS users. Any smartphone, Android
    tablet or iPad user will be able to download the Network and become
    familiar with the digital resources available to coaches.

    The free version of the Network app will allow users to receive “shared
    information” from coaches or MHA administrators. Anyone with the full
    account can push any of the content to someone with an account.

    For more information, check out

    HockeyCanadaNetwork.com
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