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COACH ENIO: 2 Players, 2 Pylons and 3 Fundamental Passing Drills

By Enio Sacilotto on April 17, 2014

Passing is one of the most important fundamental skills for players of all levels. The ability to pass and receive the puck is the difference between a good player and an elite player. In terms of team play, a team that is efficient in passing will be able to get the puck out of their end, attack the opponents and have a great power play.

A couple of key points in passing receiving include:

  • Keep your head and eyes up (maintain eye contact)
  • Keep your stick blade on the ice, 
  • Make sure your blade is square to the oncoming puck, and 
  • “Cushion” puck when receiving (soft hands).

With young players, we like to emphasize the sweep pass where we use the following: puck behind the back foot/look/sweep/point (roll wrist pointing blade at the target).

Here are three simple drills coaches can do with their teams or players can do at extra ice sessions.

AGILITY PASSING: Player 1 leaves for the pylon on his right, upon passing the pylon he pivots backwards, as he is going backwards he receives a pass from player 2 (#1), takes the puck backward, clears the pylon, pivots forward and passes back to player 2 (#2). Player 1 then repeats the sequence on the other side (passes #3 and #4). Have players pass and receive on their forehands and backhands. You can have players make 10 passes or go by time. Insist on proper passing technique and quick feet.

TIGHT TURN PASSING: Player 1 leaves without the puck and does a tight turn around the cone. On the way back he gets a pass from player 2 (#1), he carries the puck doing a tight turn on the other side, then passes the puck to player 2 (#2). After some time or number of reps, player 1 repeats the other way. The other option is to have player 1 and 2 exchange touch passes when player 1 is in the middle. Players change position.

LATERAL QUICK FEET PASSING: Player 1 is facing player 2 and leaves to his right moving laterally with quick feet. When he clears the pylon, he stops then exchanges a touch pass with player 2 (#1 and #2). He then moves laterally with quick feet to the other side of the pylon and exchanges touch passes (#3 and #4). Again, we can do this by reps or by time. Players switch positions.

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By Enio Sacilotto| April 17, 2014
Categories:  Performance
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