Having to come up with a hockey practice plan can be fun, frustrating, daunting, exciting, and so much more. There is a lot of information out there and there are many different points of views on how to do things.
How to plan a practice plan
When I first set out to create a hockey practice plan, I first need to set my goals for the plan. Am I going to focus on skating, shooting, penalty kills, power plays, transitions drills. I usually determine this based on obviously the skill level of the player and based on what we need to work on from the last practice or game.
It is important to understand the drills you are going to have the players do and to be able to show the players the drills on a board before they attempt it on the ice. I usually do this before in detail in the dressing room and then quickly go over or demo it on the ice in between the drills. I use this coaching board while I am on the ice.
Sample Hockey Practice Plan
Practice Plan 9: (60 min less 10 flood total 50 min)
Warm Up 5 – 8 Min (switch sides half-way)
Players go from both corners at the same time, as first player comes around player with puck moves out and makes a hard pass to the player skating then follows him and does the same. Coaches are strategically placed to feed players puck as passes are missed to keep the flow going.
3. Figure 8 Shooting & Deflection:
1. Forwards line up in corner with pucks.
2. Three defensemen across the blue line. Two have pucks, one doesn’t.
3. First forward passes to the defenseman without a puck then skates around the top of the circle and drives the net.
4. Far defenseman times it and fires a low, hard shot that arrives just as the forward gets to the net.
5. Forward deflects the puck then continues down around the other circle.
6. Forward continues up around the top of the circle then drives the net again.
7. Defenseman who received the initial pass times it and fires a low, hard shot that arrives just as the forward gets to the net.
8. Forward deflects the puck then stops in front of the net to screen the goalie and get ready for the third shot.
9. Middle defenseman fires a low, hard shot. Forward deflects it then drives in any rebound.
1 on 1 Variation 2
2 groups of 2 go at the same time, 1 on 1 in the circle focusing on puck protection while moving in the circle, the players around the circle keep the pucks in play. On the whistle (10 -15 seconds) break out for the goal on a 1 on 1, finish with shot and rebound.
2 on 1
F1 – Starts drill, makes pass to D1 and swings underneath him. F2 – Swings above D1.
D1 – Receives pass from F1, passes to either forward as they turn up ice, then closes gap. F1/F2 – Receive pass from D1, one pass made in neutral zone to other forward, and then pass made to D2. Whoever made the pass swings underneath D2, other forward swings above. D2 – Receives pass from forward then passes to either forward as they swing back up ice. F1/F2 – attack D1 2 on 1.
Drill then starts with F3, F4, and D2 heading the opposite direction.
Focus on Timing of passing and timing of your position, Forwards Hitting the Net, Defenses Gap in neutral zone Take player at right time
3 on 2 5 on 2 – 10 Min
Center goes into the corner picks up a puck, goes around the net and starts the breakout; 2 d skate to the blue line and defend a 3 on 2. When finished forwards go to opposite line, next line goes on coaches whistle. Next 2 D jump into the play to make a 5 on 2 (forwards start to think to use your Defensemen cycle down low) those 2 d start when the next group of forwards go.
Slow it down first 5 minutes