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Drill of the Week: 1-on-1 to 2-on-2 Transition

By CoachThem, 10/20/23, 11:30AM EDT


Small area game that teaches switching from offence to defence


  • Small Area Game starts with 4 players partnered up in the middle of the neutral zone - O1 vs. X1 and O2 vs. X2.
  • Each pair has a puck.
  • On the whistle, each pair starts to play 1-on-1 by trying to score by shooting/passing the puck at one of the pylons.
  • After 15-30 seconds, blow the whistle to reset.
  • Players will reset in the middle of the neutral zone with one puck.
  • On the whistle, 2-on-2 begins (O1 and O2 vs. X1 and X2).

Key Points

  • "Players will need to compete in a game like scenario.
  • When the drill becomes a 2-on-2, players will need to read and react off one another by getting open for a pass or staying on the goal side on defence.
  • Gain puck possession from the other team and maintain control.
  • Use strong skating and puck protection skills.
  • This game is great for U9 & Below to teach team tactics and transition from offence to defence but can be used by all ages to reinforce concepts and provide a small area competitive scenario.

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