IDEAS FOR SMALL AREA GAMES

Examples of Games that

TEACH amd SUPPORT TEAM and INDIVIDUAL SKILLS

for ALL LEVELS

Coaches should adjust expectations for players' ages and ability level.  These are only IDEAS to jump start creative thinking in planning exciting and fun practices.  Games can get more complicated or easier depending on the skill level of players and the outcome sought.

Ringette

Games with different pucks/balls, etc.

British Bull Dog

All must face puck

3-4 quick strides to open ice

Wrist passes only

Backward passes only

Backward skating only

Only give and go passes allowed

No give and go passes allowed

Player must gain a zone before being allowed to pass

2-second touches

Only backward passes

Everyone must touch puck

Everyone must touch puck in each zone

Hold stick at half shaft

Hold stick at the top of the shaft

Hold stick with top hand only

Hold stick with bottom hand only

7 consecutive passes (award 1 point for 7 passes)

Must pivot to backward before making a pass

Skootering

Only handle the puck on the forehand side of the stick

Must be 1 pass before a goal counts

Must be 2 passes before a goal counts

Only allow 1 pass

No passes allowed

Gretzky turn before pass

Goal does not count unless everyone is in the zone

Goal does not count unless pass originates from behind the net

Board passes only

Goal does not count unless shot originated from the point (deflection, redirection)

Breakout routine

Middlebury 3 v 3

3 v 3 Defending team must skate backwards

Power Play game

Numbers games

Give and Go - players on the side join play after successful give and go

5 v 3 - 5 (x) and 5 (o) - 2 stay in zone