Hockey Session (Under 16s): Hawks Spring league drills

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Matt Sarmento
Name: Matt Sarmento
City: Vancouver
Country: Canada
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Hockey
Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Linear 2vs1

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Linear 2vs1

Player A passes the ball to B. B can take a few steps forward but cannot move past the dotted line. Once B receives the ball, their teammate on the baseline (player C) can move forward and help create a 2v1. Defensive player cannot move from the cones, only blocking the channel with their stick. Baseline player receives and shoots. 

PROGRESSION: The defender who is on the side that the ball does not go down joins as a second defender after the initial 2v1. The attacking player who receives the ball from the 2V1 must now look up and see if the new defender has blocked the path to the goal, resulting in the attacker passing to a new teammate coming from the other attacking line, or they can shoot directly if the defender blocks the pass. 


Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Shuttles

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Shuttles

Set up multiple shuttles. Should have 4-5 players per group but no more. 

Have 2 balls going per group: one player from each side goes at the same time. That means ALL players have to have constant awareness, not just the ones first in line. Timing is important! After each skill, the player should pass to the next player so as to practice passing skills. Player then follows their pass to the back of the other line. Vary the passing choices: push pass, snap pass off right foot, reverse sweep pass etc.

1. attack left cone, pull left to right

2. attack right cone, pull right to left

3. attack left cone, curl strong (wide)

4. attack right cone, curl reverse (wide)

5. attack right cone, left foot pivot (sharp)

6. V-drag from left

7. V-drag from right

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for older groups:

8. lift right

9. bopper left

10. spin right (ball in hook of stick)

11. spin left


Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Piggy in the middle 2

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3 teams. the middle team defends the yellow space. The two outside teams are working together to pass through the middle. They can pass amongst their own players too, but need to try to get it across the yellow box to get a point.

If the middle team intercepts the pass, they take the place of the team they intercepted from. 

Make it a competition:
The team that sends a successful pass across gets the point. First team to 5 points wins


Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Mirroring

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Start with sticks but no ball. Progress to lead player having a ball once footwork is mastered.

Player A leads and player B mirrors.

Focus is on defensive footwork. Ask player A to start slow so that player B can work on proper technique.

Footworks should be either sideshuffles or crossovers (in front only). One foot in front of the other, trying to force player A one way or the other. Player B needs to stay between player A and the endline.

*Make sure to maintain distance between players. Normal distance is a stick length + a step which is further than most players expect. COVID distance will have to be further but it will hopefully help teach players to maintain proper distance normally.


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