Hockey Practice Plans – Midget Sample

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







Coaching Board


  1. Love this! makes planning hockey training very easy you give so many great ideas! Actually i think you make me want to create my own hockey team!

    I absolutely loved hockey in high school because our training lessons were so fun and diverse, a variation of skills practised in training made us a great hockey team in our borough!

  2. I have a young son who is starting hockey soon and this post will be an amazing resource for me as, even though I grew up with 3 brothers who played hockey, the dynamics and drills involved in the sport escape me and now I have a very useful guide with descriptions and even diagrams!  Awesome. The visual aids, the listed instructions and the coaching board will allow me to better understand the role his coaches play in this particular sport.  Thank you for the helpful and informative post!

  3. Hi,

    Thanks so much for sharing a good article to read for a friend of 3 young boys (8 years old, they are triples).

    As they are just starting to learn how to play hockey here in Southern Quebec, they have many questions about how to play and what to do before, during and after their hockey class.

    I was looking to find a website where I could learn something about hockey so I can give some good information to these three young boys who are already interested to know more about it. I’m happy I found your site and I’m sure I’ll learn more about hockey.

    I will forward your site to the boy’s parents, I’m sure they will love to read your articles!

  4. Hello Mike. I hope you are having a good time with the season. Thank you for sharing this article to help guide on Hockey practice plans. I must say I think this is a well organised plan for practice. I’m not pretty much a hockey player but I think the game is great and exciting to watch too.

  5. This is great!  It’s good to have plans for play.  These are some good plans for practice.  I don’t play hockey myself, but I do enjoy watching it.  I do like the way you help get others prepared for making the plans for their practices.  The drawings are really good as well.  Really well done!  Thank you!

  6. Hockey is one of my favorite sports and although I have not really gotten the chance to play it really can be fun to watch. Every game does involves strategizing and hockey is no different. From this post it seems strategizing and learning how to properly play the game seem rather complicated but when watching everything looks so easy that we forget a lot of practice was put into the game to make the play seem so smooth. Thanks for sharing 

  7. I wish I would have had more articles like this in the way, way back in the day before, the internet was an integral part of life.  I was never great on skates unless they were quads or, ice-hockey skates!  Floor and street hockey was one of my biggest joys growing up.  

    When you set your goals for the practice plan do you explain to your team what certain drills you demonstrate will be strengthening?  I ask because the marked difference between the way I was taught and the way I teach today (qi-gong, yoga, pilates & various disabled/elderly assisted exercise) is that I let them know WHY we are doing the movements and what muscles in the body we are stretching/strengthening to prevent injury and hone skills.

    I haven’t taught midget-leagues for quite a while.  I was just curious the extent of your discussion before classes.  I know you have to hold their attention as well and that’s no small feat!  

    I’m curious also, for athletic coaches these days, if full-body awareness is an integral part of your system.  For example: asking your team what muscles they think they are using and why they think it’s important to keep those muscles limber and strong.  For my midget-aged kids in gymnastics I would have them point to muscles etc.  

    Thank you for this article!  Apologies, for the ramble.  I am always researching different teaching methods.  Sometimes making the practice plan, as you stated, can be as daunting as having 20 kids in your care for a few hours 🙂

    • Hi Frye,

      Thanks for the reply! I always have a teaching point in each drill, and something key they need to focus on. I have not asked much questions around muscles during drills on the ice, but I have used fitness centers with instructors in the past for our Dryland training.

      • Most excellent! I made the mistake once, trying to joke around when a young one was doing a handstand against the wall and not keeping proper form “what muscles are you using?” Luckily I was holding her by the ankle when she tried to point to one arm with the other arm ha! The great thing about teaching is that we are forever students as well!

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