Coaching Youth Hockey: From Mites to PeeWees

by Patrick Burke
Coaching Youth Hockey: From Mites to PeeWees


In Coaching Youth Hockey: From Mites to PeeWees, Coach Patrick Burke presents over 50 hockey drills, skill demonstrations and practice ideas developed specifically for teaching young hockey players how to play the game. Starting with basic skating, passing and footwork skills and progressing to more advanced techniques and age-appropriate games, this plan is ideal for first, second, and third year coaches. 


Hockey Basics
1 Introduction to Hockey Basics 2 The Language of Hockey 3 The Hockey Ready Position
Skating and Footwork
4 Introduction to Skating and Footwork 5 Edge Awareness 6 Jump Sticks Drill 7 Inside Edge Awareness 8 Outside Edge Awareness 9 Getting Up 10 The Superman Slide 11 Walk Like a Duck 12 Forward Stride: C-Cut Drill 13 Push-Pull Drill 14 Push Net Drill 15 Snowplow Stop 16 Transitioning to a Hockey Stop 17 Snowcone Drill 18 Drop Your Gloves Drill 19 Red Light, Green Light 20 Chair Sit C-Cut 21 Forward to Backward Pivot 22 Backward to Forward Pivot 23 Backward Stop and Explode 24 Triangle Drill 25 Stationary Crossovers 26 Lateral Crossovers 27 Crossover Circle Drill 28 Weave Drill
Stickhandling 101
29 Introduction to Stickhandling 101 30 Holding Your Stick 31 Carrying the Puck 32 Underhandling 33 Lateral Dribble 34 Skating Lateral Dribble 35 Open Ice Carry 36 Kick-Ups
Passing Basics
37 Introduction to Passing Basics 38 Stationary Passing 39 Backhand Passing 40 Moving Passes 41 Box Passing Drill 42 Indirect Passes: Using the Boards 43 Calling for the Puck
Shooting Basics
44 Introduction to Shooting Basics 45 Teaching the Wrist Shot 46 Backhand Wrist Shot 47 Moving Shot Drill
Goaltending 101
48 Introduction to Goaltending 101 49 Goaltending Stance 50 Goaltending: Shuffle-Step and T-Glide 51 Goaltending: Freezing the Puck 52 Goaltending: Figure Eight Drill 53 Blind Goalie Drill
54 Introduction to Skill-Building Games 55 Freeze Tag 56 Sharks and Minnows 57 Circle Chaos Drill 58 Pass Keep-Away Drill 59 Two-on-Two with Nets Back-to-Back

The Coach


Patrick Burke

USA Hockey & American Sport Education Program-Certified Hockey Coach


Patrick Burke, the principal of Vermont's South Burlington High School, is a USA Hockey- and American Sport Education Program-certified hockey coach and a USA Hockey ACE (Association Coaching Education) Director.

Burke has coached at nearly every level from mites to college and has served as the head  varsity coach at three New England high schools: St. Bernard (Conn.); Champlain Valley (Vt.), where he led his team to a state championship; and South Burlington (Vt).

He has coached U-18 all-star teams in Vermont and in the New England Yankee All-Star Festival, and now is coaching on the youth level with the Essex (Vt.) Sting and the Vermont Shamrocks. His focus has always been on player development, hard work and fun. He has been recoginized for coaching excellence by the Positive Youth Sports Alliance and was Vermont's principal of the year in 2006. 

As a player, Burke played AAA and junior hockey for the Ramapo (N.Y.) Saints and the New Jersey Rockets, as well as college hockey for Connecticut College.

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