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:
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
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
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.
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.
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