FHIT Clinics – Defensive Skills

FHIT Clinics - Defensive Skills

FHIT Defensive Clinic Procedures


Prior to session

  1. Check GEMS to find out how many players will be attending 
    1. Use your GEMS login username and password that you made when you started working
    2. Find the FHIT/MAP/MEGA dropdown at the top of the page 
    3. Find the “Schedule” tab in the dropdown
    4. Click Schedule
    5. Find the corresponding link on the schedule for the correct class, day, time, and location
  2. Find out the age and level of players attending
    1. Once you click onto the event page, you should see a roster of players attending
    2. Click player name on the roster
    3. On the left side of the screen, click the “My Account” link 
    4. Scroll down until you see the “player information” tab 
    5. You should be able to see basic info (age, level, team, organization) to better plan the practice
  3. Make sure to have the equipment rack at the rink for passers, pucks, sticks if necessary


During session


  1. First 15-20 min
    1. Defensive Skating
      1. Backward stride
      2. Backward crossovers
      3. Pivots
      4. Transitions
    2. Could add pucks for more advanced players
  2. Remaining Time
    1. Defensive drills
      1. Puck retrievals
      2. Gap control (coach may need to skate as forward)
      3. Stick positioning
      4. Quick passing while skating backward and transitioning
      5. Escapes
    2. Defensive shooting drills
      1. Shooting from the point
      2. Walking the line
      3. Shooting through objects
      4. Blocking attempts to clear the puck
      5. Sneaking in from the point for closer shots

Try to change drills or locations in the zone 3-4 times. This will keep the players engaged and look good to the parents.


***Remember, many of these players are not currently members but could become members in the future. This is the best way to introduce them to our programs and our way of coaching. Be energetic, don’t just stand in the corner. Connect with kids, joke around with players, and use a lot of tires, cones, or pads in creative ways. Also, chat with parents before and after sessions if they are around. If they can see that what we do is different than they get at their regular practices, they will keep coming back, and possibly sign up for one of our full membership programs.