"I find it’s important to emphasize aggressive, hard play, while also reminding them you won’t tolerate dirty play."
Author - Dan Arel
Dan Arel is the Director of Coaching Education and Development for the San Diego Oilers and head coach of their 12U A team. He was also named the 2020 San Diego Gulls Foundation's Coach of the Year. You can email him at [email protected]
These four breakout drills will ensure that in the chaos of a game, your team is prepared for nearly anything.
Long lines and few repetitions are the enemy of a good hockey practice. Coach Dan Arel reworks some drills to include more players and shorter to no lines.
With these three hockey practice drills, we create a foundation that shows them the benefits of the system without forcing the complicated nature of it on them.
Creating space and solid decision-making without the puck increases a player's chances of scoring.
Recreate the speed of skating, the movement, and even the need for quick passing in a few simple drills.
Confining the area in which players can work shrinks the game down to a more realistic size.
These hockey practice drills teach a very fundamental aspect of playing the role of a defensive team for all players.