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Chalk Talk | Off-Side Game (Initiation and Novice)

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 03/31/17, 1:00PM EDT

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Age-appropriate skills, drills and progressions

In this edition of Chalk-Talk, we look at game-like drill which teaches players the concept of off-side.  

This is a great game to get players familiar with the off-side rule, especially those who are preparing to transition to full-ice hockey. It’s also an excellent refresher drill to open the hockey season and a quick teaching game that helps players learn a simple but important concept.

Additionally, because the drill is executed cross-ice, it sustains a high tempo and engagement for every player, as well as providing more opportunity for shooting, passing, receiving passes and performing quick changes of skating direction.

Drill Description:

  • Position one net in each face-off circle and play 3v3, cross-ice
  • Use a large, heavy-duty marker to create a blue line from the end boards to the blue line
  • Cones can also be placed at the opposite ends of the hand-drawn blue line for an added visual cue
  • Coach shoots a puck into the zone area to begin play
  • Progression - A variation is to make the attacking team complete a pass before crossing the midline on-side.

Key Teaching Points (KTP):

  • Before an attacking team can attack the other team’s goal, the attackers must regroup in their defensive half
  • Once they regroup in their own zone, they can attack the opposing team, but they must attack staying on-side at the hand-drawn midline. If they go off-side, blow a quick whistle to signify a turnover. The defending team then becomes the attackers, regrouping in their own zone before attacking on-side.

This edition of Chalk-Talk used video featuring the Dundas Blue Tyke MD team. Big thank you to Head Coach Chris Popek and coaching staff along with the entire Blues team – good luck with the rest of your season and have a very Merry Christmas!

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