Rule Adjustment – Offside and Icing
As players begin to experience hockey on a full ice surface they need to be aware of two (2) specific gameplay rules which will now be called during their games. These are offside and icing. While many players would be aware of these rules from watching higher levels of hockey and playing video games, the following information may assist as experience these calls first hand.
The icing rule states that should any player of a team, equal or above the numerical strength of the opposing team, intentionally shoot, bat or deflect the puck from their own half of the ice, beyond the goal line of the opposing team, play shall be stopped and a faceoff will take place at the end zone faceoff spot of the offending team.
An offside happens when both skates of an attacking player cross the blue line into the attacking zone before the puck, unless the puck is sent or carried there by a defending player.
Rule Adjustment Drills
Drill Name: Skate, Pass, Shoot
• Players in each corner with pucks, coaches at the centre ice red line along the boards.
• On coaches’ signal, three (3) players leave the corner, transition skate around the dot and skate towards blue line, making a pass to the coach on the boards.
• After making the pass, skate into the neutral zone and receive pass from the coach on the opposite side and go in for a shot on net.
• Stay onside.
Drill Name: Passing Warm Up
• Players line up on the blue line on both sides of the ice.
• First players in line skate backwards and touch pass to the second player in line.
• At the bottom of circle, first player stops and skates forward, still one-touch passing.
• Player then swings into the neutral zone and second player passes cross ice to far blue line, first player then skates into the zone, receives a pass from far side and finishes with a shot on net.
• Stay on side.
Drill Name: Puck Support 1-on-1, 2-on-2
• Defense starts in corner with the puck, forwards on dot outside blue line.
• D skates forwards with puck then pivots and skates backwards, forward skates toward defense, then pivots toward boards giving D a flat passing option. D passes to forward who skates into neutral zone, then regroups and attacks 1-on-1.
• Player must remain onside.