According to Hockey Canada, “one efficient practice will give a player more skill development than 11 games collectively,” and a basic premise of USA Hockey's American Development Model is to make efficient use of the ice time available to our players. In a quality practice, expect to see:
- Individual skill work done in a high-activity environment.
- Plenty of repetitions for efficiently refining a player's technical skills.
- Skill development with an increasing degree of complexity and decision-making.
- Game situational play through small-area games to teach the skills, concepts and tactics of ice hockey, along with the ability to make quicker decisions.