Why small-area games?
Small-area games support development by scaling the game to the size of participants. Benefits of small-area games include:
- Each player being able to spend more time with the ring, leading to improved ring control, passing and shooting skills
- More opportunities to apply practiced skills
- More opportunities to accelerate/decelerate and change directions reinforcing fundamental skating skills
- Smaller nets provide an appropriate challenge for skaters and goalies
By changing the format of games, we hope to also influence the way practices are run. In essence, we’re changing the “test” games to better support development so that coaches who “teach to the test” will focus more on the right skills.