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Objectives:

  • To continue the development of backward skating.

  • To teach the coach how to use tournaments to practice skills. The coach can add a modified rule for each game. There is a half ice tournament with everyone playing and another tournament with extra players who rotate in.

  • To introduce the shootout format.

CARD 22 – D4 BASIC FORMATION

In the D4 formation the players either use one third or one half of the rink and both teams shoot on the same net as in half court basketball. In order to go onto offence the defense must carry the puck over the blue line and then turn back into the zone. If half of the rink is available the defense must carry the puck as far as the red line before turning back and attacking. All players must get on- side in these games, this rule promotes skating and much more realistic playing situations.

Activity: 20 minutes. Play a 4 team tournament using the D4 formation. Each team plays three five-minute games.

Game One

Game Two

Game Three

1 vs 4

2 vs 4

3 vs 4

2 vs 3

1 vs 3

1 vs 2

CARD 15 – BACKWARDS SKATING

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

  • Forward skating with extra long strides.

  • Backward skating one length of the ice.

  • Alternate front and back kicks between blue lines while skating backwards.

  • Swivel hips while skating backwards both feet on ice.

  • Two backward figure eights using toe out, toe in flat footed skating.

  • Four backward figure eights using toe out, toe in flat footed skating.

  • Skate backwards and glide between the blue lines, emphasize good posture; knees bent, seat down, head on top of shoulders and not hanging over the ice.

  • Skate backwards and concentrate on toeing in and toeing out, cutting half circles with each stride.

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

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