In this edition of Chalk-Talk, we introduce layered or combination drills for Peewee to Midget-aged players where they utilize multiple skills in game-like situations.
These drills provide an opportunity for players to understand and reinforce when and where to use the technical and tactical skills taught in practice.
One of the biggest challenges for coaches is not only to provide a solid foundation of technical skills in practice and repetition but at the same time provide game-like drills and situations. Too often, the answer is to go straight to full ice scrimmage or games. Before going this route, try to introduce layered or combination drills where the players execute more than one skill during drills—this provided an opportunity for players to understand when and where to use the technical skills taught.
This drill can be used as a dynamic warm-up drill or as a team tactic progression and includes all the following elements: Neutral zone regroup, quick puck movement, encouraging players to skate across the ice to support the puck, offensive zone entry, stopping at the net, puck retrieval in the corner, defencemen supporting the rush and generating offence from the point. Goaltenders must track entry into the zone, track puck movement from below the goal line to the blueline, face multiple shots, layered screens, tips and rebound recovery.
All this in one drill – it could only have one name …the All Purpose Drill!
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