Coaching Tips and Practice Planning
Coaching small-area games is not much different than coaching a traditional game and players will quickly adjust. Here are some tricks to help you prepare.
- Use small-area games in practice, don’t wait for a tournament
- Start with simple rules that reinforce skill development and promote inclusiveness, then build on them. For example, every player must touch the ring, then make three passes before taking a shot etc.
- Get quickly into action, then provide feedback
- Keep it fun and be creative
Divide the ice into two, three, four or more sections, with sections dedicated to skills and others to small-area game. Choose game rules that reinforce the skills that you are teaching during the practice.