The CMHA is the premier youth hockey organization in the Charlotte Metro area. Its objective is to provide ice hockey programs focused on helping youth of all ages and skill levels to learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, commitment, self-esteem, d



Practice Preparation and Planning
A certain amount of planning is necessary to ensure a successful practice.  In order that 100% of your ice time is put to good use, and the objectives for each lesson are met, the following guidelines are provided:
• Objectives of the practice must be clear in your mind and on paper
• Make sure the content of the practice is appropriate for your players
• Review all the teaching points to ensure you are familiar with the practice
• Break skills down into the smallest possible parts
• Check the amount of time for each drill to be covered
• Keep explanations very brief
• Have a copy of the practice with you to refer to during the practice
• Make sure the necessary teaching aids are in place
• Explain to any assistant coaches their duties and the overall practice

Click here for the CMHA Practice Plan Drill Sheet

Tips for a successful ice session
• Arrive early
• Greet all your players by name
• Be positive and in a good mood
• Put the players at ease by talking with them
• Start with a group activity to generate a feeling of togetherness
• Keep your starting activities fairly constant so as to set up a routine
• Progress from simple to difficult,
• Use of humor is a way of "breaking the ice" and building up coach/player relationships
• Identify improvement in your players' performance and say something positive
On-ice Safety
During ice sessions you have a responsibility as a coach to be prevention-minded about injuries.
The following safety precautions should be observed:
1. Ensure properly fitting protective equipment is worn at all times
2. All coaches must wear a helmet while on the ice
3. Ensure all doors to the ice surface are closed prior to players starting any drills
4. Do not permit any "horse play"

5. No spectators in the player bench area.
6. Care should be taken to ensure that shooting/contact drills are conducted in as safe a manner as possible
7. Remove any foreign materials from the ice immediately.
Other Points to Remember
 Individual learning:
•Use more assistants
• Teach in smaller groups
 Use Off-ice
• Explanation of practice in the locker room
• Warm up and cool down off-ice
 Use simple to complex exercises
• Exercises should be demanding in coordination aspects
• One exercise should develop a variety of skills

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for more information about Season Planning and Practice Planning