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10 Hockey Video games To Play With No Goalies


No Goalies? No Downside! We’ve all been in that state of affairs earlier than… present as much as a rink and you discover out some dangerous information… no goalies had been in a position to make it. As a substitute of simply enjoying “publish” or simply going via repetitive, boring drills, the workforce at IHS assembled an inventory of 10 video games to play with out goalies. These video games will interact gamers, work on fundamentals and hold competitors ranges excessive. Plus gamers will love them!

These video games are nice for when:

  • There aren’t any goalies accessible
  • The goalies want a break
  • The goalies are working with a goalie coach
  • Small ability teams
  • If the observe is damaged up into stations and also you don’t have sufficient goalies for every group
  • You wish to assist your workforce observe good habits (enjoying with head up, transferring to area, stick on the ice, speaking)
  • Pond hockey, ball hockey, curler hockey, and many others.

The video games under are nice for any state of affairs, any age, and any ability degree. On the backside of this record of 10 video games, we may also offer you 4 vital habits that gamers ought to work on in every of those video games.

10 Hockey Video games to Play With No Goalies

1) Hit The Tire / Nook Tires

Hit The Tire is so simple as it sounds! As a substitute of capturing at nets with goalies, a participant scores a purpose by hitting a tire on the ice. Coaches can substitute nets with tires or you’ll be able to add a few tires on every finish. This sport will encourage consciousness, puck safety, transferring to open area and creativity.

Hit The Tire Variations:

  • Coaches can place 1, 2 or a number of tires within the enjoying space.
  • Can play with any quantity of gamers (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, 5v5).
  • Could be full ice, half-ice, or station.
  • The smaller the tire, the tougher it’s to hit! You shouldn’t have to make use of a tire. Any object (cone, rubbish can, rock, and many others. will do).
  • You possibly can permit gamers to attain targets by hitting a specific tire, or any tire.

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2) Maintain Away Recreation

Maintain Away is simply because it sounds, hold the puck away from the opposite workforce. Within the video above, we’ve got 3 vs. 1 Maintain Away from The Battery Hockey Academy. Gamers that hold their head up, talk with teammates and transfer to open area might be profitable.

Maintain Away Variations:

  • Can play with any quantity of gamers (2v1, 3v1, 3v2, 4v1, 4v2, 4v3, 5v1, 5v2, 5v3, 5v4)
  • Could be full ice, half-ice, or station.
  • The smaller the tire, the tougher it’s to hit!
  • You shouldn’t have to make use of a tire. Any object (cone, rubbish can, rock, and many others. will do).
  • Can require a workforce to hit a sure purpose (instance – 3 passes in a row = 1 level, or you need to move the puck off of the boards at the very least as soon as, and many others).

Maintain Away Recreation Particulars

3) Again to Again Nets

1 vs. 1 Again to Again Rating on Both Recreation was first posted on Twitter by Dave Breen (view the unique publish right here). We tried this sport after we noticed Dave’s publish and seen that the children liked it and that the setup of the sport inspired puck safety, edgework and creativity.

Again to Again Nets Variations

  • Can play with any quantity of gamers (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, 5v5)
  • Could be half-ice, or station.
  • On this sport you’ll be able to add goalies when you’ve got them. 

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4) 1 vs. 1 vs. 1 Gates Battle Recreation

The 1 vs. 1 vs. 1 Gates Battle Recreation is a aggressive sport the place 3 gamers go in opposition to one another and battle to get the puck via a gate. This sport is hard as a result of it’s a 3 particular person battle sport. The character of the sport will encourage puck safety and creativity as a result of two gamers might be coming to take the puck from you!

1 vs. 1 vs. 1 Gates Battle Recreation Variations

  • Can play 1v1v1, or 2v2v2
  • Is usually a station or half-ice
  • Could make the gates massive or small. The smaller the gate, the tougher it’s to attain.
  • You may make one “heart gate” price 2 factors.

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5) Gates of Buffalo Passing Recreation

The Gates of Buffalo Passing Recreation is a enjoyable sport the place gamers work to attain as many targets as they’ll by passing via the “gates” earlier than the coach blows the whistle. You can’t move via the identical gate twice in a row. Groups want to maneuver to open area, hold their head up and talk to achieve success. 

Gates of Buffalo Passing Variations:

  • Could be half-ice or station.
  • Could make the gates larger or smaller. The smaller the gate, the tougher it’s to move via.
  • Can add objects within the enjoying space to encourage gamers to skate and move round. 

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6) Gates of Buffalo 3 vs. 3

The Gates of Buffalo 3 vs. 3 Recreation is a enjoyable sport the place gamers work to attain targets by passing via the “gates” in opposition to one other workforce. You can’t move via the identical gate twice in a row. Groups want to maneuver to open area, hold their head up and talk to achieve success. 

Gates of Buffalo 3 vs. 3 Recreation Variations:

  • Could be full-ice, half-ice or station.
  • Could make the sport 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4.
  • Could make the gates larger or smaller. The smaller the gate, the tougher it’s to move via. 
  • Can add objects within the enjoying space to encourage gamers to skate and move round.
  • You may make one of many gates price 2 or 3 factors. You’ll be stunned at how the groups attempt to creatively go for extra factors!

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7) Angles With Gates Aim

Angle With Gates Aim Recreation is a sport the place defenders work to retrieve a puck and skate the puck via a “gate” whereas a forechecker is coming with stress. The forechecker ought to work on taking a correct angle with their stick on the ice whereas the defender ought to use tight turns, and deception to make a transfer to the gates!

Angle With Gates Aim Variations:

  • Could be half-ice or station.
  • Could make the gates larger or smaller. The smaller the gate, the tougher it’s to skate via.
  • Can provide the forechecker a smaller or larger head begin.
  • Can chip the puck in reverse corners.
  • Can even require the defender to make a move via a gate to a coach or different participant breaking out.

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8) 4 Corners Possession Recreation

4 Corners Possession Recreation is a enjoyable sport the place groups work collectively to move the puck to their teammates in a set nook. This sport promotes consciousness as gamers must work with their teammates within the enjoying space and within the corners to attain factors. 

4 Corners Possession Recreation Variations:

  • Could be half-ice or station.
  • Could make the “corners” the place the opposite gamers are small or massive.
  • Could be 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4.
  • As a substitute of the “level gamers” being within the corners you may make one heart ring that solely has two gamers (one participant from every workforce).

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9) Knockout / King or Queen of The Hill

Knockout, often known as King or Queen of the Hill, is a enjoyable manner to assist gamers observe puck safety. The purpose is to guard your puck whilst you attempt to knock out different gamers pucks from the enjoying space. Final participant standing wins!

Knockout Variations:

  • Could be half-ice, station or inside a circle
  • Can have as little as 1v1 video games or have a full workforce enjoying.

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10) Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers Recreation is a enjoyable sport the place gamers work to get a puck and shield it till time known as. After time known as, the gamers with the puck keep within the sport and the gamers with out the puck are out. The sport retains going spherical by spherical till there’s only one puck left for 2 skaters. Encourage teammates watching to cheer! 

Finders Keepers Variations:

  • Could be half-ice or station.
  • Can begin with smaller teams or a full workforce.

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BONUS GAME) When you solely have one goalie: Picket Fences

Solely have one goalie however wish to play a sport? We’ve you coated!

When you solely have one goalie however you need to hold the sport aggressive, make certain to offer the workforce that’s not capturing on a goalie a difficult strategy to get factors and a serious reward in the event that they do get factors. For instance, the Picket Fences video above, it exhibits the offensive workforce capturing on a goalie, whereas the defensive workforce works to skate the puck via a “gate.” This little modification encourages the defensive workforce to work simply as onerous because the offensive workforce and never simply flick the puck out of the zone.

The additional reward for the defensive workforce might be, if the defensive workforce scores 2 factors, your workforce will shoot on the goalie and the opposite workforce switches to attain on the gates. This may also encourage the offensive workforce to not permit the defenders to skate via the gates to allow them to hold capturing on a goalie!

Picket Fences Variations:

  • Could be half-ice or station.
  • Could be 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4.
  • The workforce that doesn’t have a goalie can rating factors by skating via a gate, passing via a gate, hitting a tire, hitting a cone, or hitting a publish. For additional encouragement, if the workforce scores two occasions that’s not capturing on a goalie, have the groups swap in order that they shoot on a goalie. 

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Further Credit score: Draw & Share Your Personal Recreation

Click on on the picture under to attract and share your personal sport totally free! Be sure to incorporate two groups and a manner for every workforce to attain factors. Get inventive!

Habits To Work On Throughout All Video games:

  1. Head up
    • So you’ll be able to see your whole choices and know the place the defenders are. You’ll make higher choices for those who perceive the place the gamers are.
  2. Stick on the ice
    • This permits forwards to speak the place they need to move too and permits a defender to angle or intercept passes.
  3. Transfer to open area with or with out the puck
    • When you shouldn’t have a puck you will need to be an outlet to your teammate. When you do have the puck and also you skate to area you should have extra time to make a greater choice with the puck and you can begin to dictate the play.
  4. Talk
    • Hockey is a workforce sport! Talk verbally (on ice speaking) and non-verbally (stick on the ice, eyes, physique language, tapping stick) to let your teammates know the place you’re and how one can work collectively.

Modifications you may make to ANY sport for those who shouldn’t have goalies:

Each full ice, half-ice and small space sport will be modified for those who shouldn’t have goalies. Listed below are a number of notes and concepts to maintain your sport going with no goaltender:

  • Add a shooter tutor to the web.
  • Take away nets and solely have a small object that have to be hit (this could be a tire, cone, rock, rubbish can, weighted puck, and many others).
  • Have “gates” of two tires that gamers should skate via.
  • Flip internet down so gamers can solely rating by hitting the highest of the web.

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