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The benefits of small-area games

Small-area games are a cornerstone of hockey training, benefiting players of all ages and skill levels. These focused drills, conducted within confined spaces, facilitate comprehensive skill development while instilling critical aspects of gameplay. From puck handling and passing to defensive techniques and on-ice intelligence, these games provide a well-rounded platform for honing hockey prowess.

Small area games help improve reaction time

Additionally, they enhance physical play skills, teamwork, and a competitive spirit, making them an essential component of hockey practice.

Here is a breakdown of the advantages they offer:

  • Improved Puck Handling: Players develop the ability to control and protect the puck under pressure.

  • Enhanced Passing Skills: Accurate and quick passing is honed in close-quarters scenarios.

  • Better Hockey IQ: Players learn to make split-second decisions and anticipate opponents' moves.

  • Improved Defensive Skills: Defensive positioning, stick checks, and body positioning are refined.

  • Quick Transitions: Players adapt swiftly from offense to defense and vice versa.

  • Scoring Skills: Shooting and goal-scoring abilities are practiced extensively.

  • Competition and Intensity: Competitive edge and game-like intensity are fostered.

  • Increased Puck Touches: A small area leads to more puck touches for players and increased skill improvement,

  • Better Agility and Burst: Small area forces players to make quicker, more agile movements, increasing their overall agility and burst.

Incorporating small-area games into hockey training offers a holistic approach to skill enhancement and fosters a fun, competitive environment that keeps players engaged. It should be a regular staple in practice.


Coach Kevin

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