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CARD 21 – D3 BASIC FORMATION

In the D3 formation, the ice surface is divided into a full ice game across two zones and a cross-ice game at one end. This formation is very useful if the skill levels or size of the players vary. More advanced players can use D1, while the others play in D2 formation. This formation is very helpful when one end is needed to practice skills that don’t have much movement. The game can go on in two zones, techniques can be taught in the third zone.

Activity: Teach the formation by playing two games using the D3 formation. Have the players rotate and play in the different areas.

CARD 17b – CROSSOVERS

Have all players perform the following skating exercises using formation A2:

  • Spread around the ice and walk around a partner backwards one way, and then the other.

  • Skate around the same partner. Glide on the outside skate with the weight on the inside edge. With the inside skate reach and plant the blade on the ice and then pull in using the outside edge. The outside skate stays on the ice and the inside skate does a series of plant and pull.

  • Skate fast down the ice using back crossovers. Start with the toes in and make a stride under to the inside with one skate, reach over this skate with the other skate and make and stride. Do three of these strides and then reach under to the inside with the other skate. These crossovers are used for quick acceleration.

  • Skate backwards down the ice using crossovers for the first six strides and then making alternating C cuts with bent knees, back straight and seat down. Push using the middle of the skate blade.

  • Skate backwards down the ice doing a figure eight in the neutral zone.

  • Skate backwards down the ice with the stick held over the head in order to practice skating with the back and head up.

  • Skate backwards the length of the ice with a figure eight on each side of the red line. By doing this in a group it forces the player to keep her head up so she won’t collide with another skater.

CARD 21b – D300 VARIATION

D300 formation is similar to D1 and D2 formations except the extra players are lined up either on the boards or the blue line.

Activity: Use the D300 formation and time shifts of 60 seconds. When the coach blows their whistle for a shift change the player with the puck should pass to a teammate coming into the play.

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HOCKEY COACHING: The ABC’s of International Hockey By Juhani Wahlsten and Tom Molloy

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