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Neutral Zone 4-Dot Warm-up

10/08/2013, 11:15am EDT
By Ontario Minor Hockey Association

An effective warm-up can consist of various skills such as skating, puck control and puck movement, shooting as well as movement and save drills for goaltenders.

An effective warm-up can consist of various skills such as skating, puck control and puck movement, shooting as well as movement and save drills for goaltenders.

The 4-Dot Warm-up has all of these elements and can be used by teams from Novice to Midget and can even be used by two teams in a shared-practice format.

Drill Set-Up:

Players on all four neutral zone dots with pucks; opposite sides (O1 & O4; O2 & O4) go at same time on whistle

4 dot warm up

Drill starts with Player - O1 skating up across centre and cutting across ice and receives pass from O2. O1 then drives wide into zone for shot on goal. On whistle, opposite sides go (O1 & O4; O2 & O4). Player skates the following pattern: Up, across, up 

4 dot warm up

Progression:

Player O1 starts the drill by passing laterally to O2 then skates same pattern – Up, across receives return pass from O2, and up – driiving wide into zone for shot on goal (O4 would go at same time)

 

Bonus Progression:

4 dot warm up

Player O4 starts the drill by passing laterally to O3 then transition skates around centre circle pivoting backwards at top of circle and then opens up to receive return pass from O3 (O4 would go at same time)

 

KEP (KEY EXECUTION POINTS):

  • Deliver, flat crisp passes
  • Keep stick on ice providing target
  • Maintain eye contact with passer
  • Only pass puck when player is available to receive puck
  • Move puck & move to space quickly
  • Communicate verbally
  • Goaltenders should be working on angles and smooth motion across the crease to face alternating shots from each side of the ice

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