CARD 22b – D400 VARIATION
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.
1 vs 4
2 vs 4
3 vs 4
2 vs 3
1 vs 3
1 vs 2
Activity: 20 minutes. Play a 4 team tournament using the D400 formation. Each team plays three six-minute games. Time shifts of 60 seconds.
CARD 26 – E1 BASIC FORMATION
E1 Exercises are meant to give the team a good way to finish the practice. Every player gets one shot at each net:
Score two goals - practice is over, hit the showers.
Score one goal - skate one lap, and go off the ice.
No goals, skate two laps.
Players can compete against each other or against the goalies. The goalies can also compete against each other.
Teaching points: Team contests like a shootout, where players take penalty shots are fun for the shooters and the goalies.
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HOCKEY COACHING: The ABC’s of International Hockey By Juhani Wahlsten and Tom Molloy