Two-on-two: Continuous conditioning
Hockey moves fast and players often find themselves playing positions they don’t usually play. Because of this, it becomes important for players to have some understanding of all of the positions, opposed to just their own.
In the Two-on-Two Continuous Conditioning drill, skaters will lead a two-on-two rush as well as defend a two-on-two rush. This exercise can be done in both ends of the ice, but for clarity it is explained when performing out of only one end.
Divide the group into two lines, starting at the red line, and have two players standing stationary inside the blue line.
On the original whistle, F1 and F2 begin skating towards the center of the ice. F1 leaves a drop pass for F2 and they turn to head into the zone as they reach the neutral zone face-off dots.
The four players play a two-on-two in a zone until a goal is scored, the puck is covered, or the puck leaves the zone.
Once the play has ended, the two defensemen hustle out of the zone and back into line.
F1 and F2 need to skate to the neutral zone to establish a good gap on the next two forwards, who should now be completing their drop pass and turning into the zone.
It is important to remind players to always skate all the way around the neutral zone face-off dots as well as to hustle out of the zone. If done properly, the drill will run itself and players will get a great conditioning skate out of it.
Please click on the link to the left to see a diagram of this drill.