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Mini games I could use in a school enviroment?

I help out at local skill teaching children from yr 1 to yr 7 the skills of hockey. I am always looking for fun mini games which encases all skill types. This is from non hockey to excellent hockey players.

my 3 favourites are

- Netball rules - no dribble no tackle - encourages passing and spacing

-  4 goals - one in each corner encourages holding possesion and switching sides

-  limited zones - 3 zones attack, midfield and defense -players  split between each  so players dont bunch and move to support each other

we play as game called steal a goal, play with5/6 aside, both teams have 3 goals behind them on the base line, play normal hockey rules, but when the attaching team scores in the other side goals, the play who scores the goal, picks up the cone and places it on their line, this now mean the team who just scored the goal is now defending 4 goals, this helps both sides as children of this age all like scoring goals, you keep the game going until one team has all the goals behine them. this can be played on any size school yard. 

this also helps the children play together, and work as a team. 

Hockey Wales have lots of small sided games, it is called the 4689 route to hockey :)

 

Hope that all makes sense and helps you.

Here's one of my favourites - simple rules and promotes forward play. Might be a little advanced for your younger players but would work well with intermediate levels.

It's not Rugby - Final Game


Description:

Finish with an equal-sided conditioned game.

The condition is that players are only allowed to pass forward or sideways, but not back (essentially the passing rules are opposite to those in rugby).

A goal is scored by a player receiving the or running the ball in the end zone.


Coaching Points:

Players should not look to support behind the player only to the side or in front - promoting positive forward play.

With older players you can make it more challenging for players to score by only allowing the point to stand if players have stopped the ball dead inside the scoring zone.

Notes:

Players on the ball can run back if they wish but they can't pass backwards.

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