Wednesday Drill of the Week: 1v1 Conditioning

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A cross ice conditioning game for this week.

Players start off playing 1v1. When the offensive player gets a shot on goal, he/she changes with their line. Each line shoots at the net closest to their line. This creates a constant pressure situation as well as the potential for a conditioning element for one side. It is a continuous game.

This game can also be done in a 1v1 situation where you add a player on a shot on goal, maximum of 2 on either team. This further creates a conditioning scenario, where one player often gets stuck out on the ice defending. It becomes a change on the whistle game.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: 3v3 on the Circle

Harff 3v1

A simple and competitive tight area drill that is good for all players – goalies can get as much out of this as skaters.

Players can play any position, for explanation the positions are marked differently. The drill is 3v3 on the circle. Only the two players in the circle can play inside of the circle, the other players have to stay on the perimeter. There is a center line that the players cannot cross (blue dashes). When the puck is in play, the X’s attack the net on the right, the O’s attack the net on the left. If the X’s have the puck, the two XF’s and the one XD are playing together in a 3v1 – the one OD is attempting to use his stick/body to defend. On possession, the OD combines with the OF’s to attack the one XD and the net on the left.

The objective is puck movement and quick transition. The ability to get shots off quickly and/or make a quick back door play. Goalies are tested in their ability to compete and battle for pucks around the net and back door.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: Warmup Series

This year, we tried a new concept in starting our practices with a three zone warmup at least once per week. The drills would differ, but the format would remain the same.

Warmup Series

In this example, we would start with three players stationary on each circle in one zone and have them pass (3 Man Passing). We would do variations such as backhand only, catch with forehand drag to backhand and pass, catch on backhand pull to forehand and pass, saucer passes, etc. In the middle, we had 2v1 keep away with the same three man group that did the passing. All six would skate around the neutral zone, but you would do keep away just with your three guys. In the far zone we did 3v3 cross ice. Whistle blows every 60-90 seconds to advance to the next zone, and we would work each zone anywhere from 3-5 times per group.

Generally, we would do a passing drill in the first zone, a skill drill in the middle and a game in the far zone. There are a number of variations that are possible in each zone – be creative!