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Drills for beginners age 9-10?

HI, I'm an inexperienced hockey coach about to coach 9-10 year old kids at school. It's been 20 years since I played myself, so not always familiar with the drills I read here. Anyone has some tips for basic drills for kids to learn the basics? Thanks!

Hi Judikje,

The best place to start is to work on the players fundamental passing skills and develop their movement once they've passed. To make this a habit from an early age is vital and will stand them in better stead as they progress in hockey.

The main focusses for early passing and movement development are:

  • First touch, to space rather than stopping the ball dead
  • Pass to a player on an angle, aiming for their open stick side to make it easier for them to receive the pass
  • Movement once the pass is made to offer the next one.

Start with this simple drill and then build the fundamentals into unopposed practices that introduces patterns of play (ie. pass from center, to the half back positions, down the line to a player leading wide to deliver the ball into the circle for a shot). 

You can then begin to introduce defenders for opposed practices so players can begin to recognise how passes and angled runs can help eliminate defenders and create new attacking opportunities. 

Start with this drill to develop their basic skills before building up to conditioned games which keep them interested, yet maintains a high success rate to allow them to recognise how to be successful.

I hope this helps!

Two player square passing

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Description:

Moving back and forth between two cones players make straight and diagonal passes to each other while moving.


Coaching Points:

Players should time their passes so that it arrives at the cone just as the runner reaches the ball.

Look for good control, preferably using only two touches. One touch to bring the ball under and the other to set themselves up for the pass to the other player.

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