How To Run A Hockey Practice? [Answered!]

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The following editorial will explore the ins and outs of setting up and running a hockey practice – both in terms of what works and what doesn’t.

Getting Organized

One of the first things you need to do if you’re planning on running a hockey practice is to get organized. This means making a list of everything you need and keeping track of what you have. It’s a good idea to make a weekly checklist of everything you need to do, and cross things off as you go. Keeping track of what you need and what you have will help you keep on top of things and ensure you don’t run out of any essentials. It also means you can plan out each week’s session well in advance, which makes things easier for the coaches and players alike.

Seating Arrangement

Another important factor to consider when organizing a hockey practice is seating arrangement. You don’t want to have the parents and kids in the middle because it’s too close to the action, and you don’t want to put the coaches in the front because they might get hit by a puck.

A good seating arrangement will put the family closer to the middle, with a few bleachers or risers for the other team’s parents. This makes it easier for the coaches to spot subs and get the players ready for the game without needing to rush or search for a specific person. The students should have a good view of the ice too, which means they can always watch the game even if they’re not participating.


You’ll also need to determine what kind of equipment you’ll need for your hockey practice. This includes everything from sticks to skates, so make sure you have everything before you start using it. You might also want to consider buying a few extra pairs of skates, as well as hockey equipment for the other sports you play (like soccer or basketball).

As for the actual hockey equipment, you don’t need a lot. For younger players, you can get by with just a small net and a couple of hockey sticks. For older players, you might want to invest in a bigger net and some helmets for defense.

A Coach Or Partner

The next step is to decide whether you want to go the DIY route and hire a hockey coach, or whether you want to enlist the help of an experienced professional. Hiring a coach is a good idea if you’ve never done it before and don’t have the time to teach beginners how to play. The best coaches can usually get you on the ice in no time, and will show you the basics of skating and puck support.

On the other hand, getting a partner is a great idea if you’re looking for someone to help you practice with or if you’re just looking for someone to help out during practices. Having a partner means you can practice together and bounce ideas off of each other, as well as have someone to blame when things go wrong (like a missed shot or a blocked puck).

Deciding whether to go pro or amateur is all about you. You want to find a coach or partner that fits your needs, and remember: you’re the one responsible for bringing in the tuition money!


One last thing to consider when organizing a hockey practice is how much you’ll need to charge. The answer to this question depends on a few things. For starters, how many hours do you intend on putting in per week? Are you using public or private ice time? Are you going to be charging a fee? How much does it cost to park?

If you’re putting in 8 to 10 hours per week, then you’ll need to charge at least $200 per month. This could include everything from ice time to maintenance fees. You might also want to add another $25 per month to cover the cost of some skates that got damaged during practice. This is all dependent on how many hours you intend on putting in.

The Extras

Once you’ve got everything organized, it’s time to start thinking about the extras. These are the little things that make a hockey practice worthwhile – things like a TV, a projector, and a table or area for players to eat and/or drink. You don’t need all of these things to have a good practice, but they certainly make it more convenient. A few tournament organizers even have radios so the coaches can call plays over them, which is pretty awesome when you think about it.

The main thing to keep in mind is that just because you have all of these things doesn’t mean you need them. It’s all about what’s convenient for you and your practice. If you don’t have a projector, then you’re going to have to find a way to watch DVDs during the day. If you don’t have a TV, then you’re either going to have to borrow one from a friend or connect your cell phone to a projector via AppleTV.


The last thing you need is good ice facilities. This includes things like rinks with artificial ice, indoor pools, and outdoor rinks. If you don’t have any of these things, then the ice you make at home is going to have to do for now.


The best thing about having a hockey practice is that it doesn’t have to take place at a specific location. This means you can do it anywhere – provided there is ice available. As long as you can get access to a rink or outdoor space, you can set up shop there any time you want. If you don’t have a lot of space and don’t want to clutter it up with equipment, then you can always set up somewhere in a garage or basement.


Last but not least, we have practice times. You’ll want to choose a time that isn’t too early in the day, nor is it too late. Later in the day is often best to ensure you get a full practice, and mornings are the best for this too because it gets the kids out of bed early and lets the parents sleep in.

The important thing is to find a time that works for you. If it’s already too early in the day and you need to be up by 7:30 to make it to work on time, then choose an earlier time so you can get some morning practice in. Similarly, if it’s already past your bedtime and you have to get up at 5:30 to make it to work on time, then choose an earlier time so you can get a decent amount of sleep. This way, you’ll be better prepared for the day and have more energy for the practice.

It’s also a good idea to look for a time slot that doesn’t conflict with any other team’s practices or games. You don’t want to schedule your practice too close to a major game or event, otherwise, the ice might get damaged and you’ll have to find a replacement. This can be disruptive and make it harder to get a practice in.


One of the most important things to consider when organizing a hockey practice is the risks. You’re dealing with ice and water, which is always a risk, especially if it’s the first time you’re doing it. You’ll also need to make sure the space is big enough to accommodate the number of people you have, which can be a challenge if you have more than 10 people. You don’t want to get cut off from the space by any more than what you can comfortably handle. If it’s a small space, then you might want to look for another location – preferably one with a larger room.

Another risk is having the ice melt during the day. This can be problematic if you don’t have a lot of time to fix it or if it happens during a peak hour. In this case, it’s a good idea to either find a place that doesn’t mind putting down some extra padding or purchase some ice pans that are specifically designed for outside use. You can also buy ice packs and keep them in your freezer at all times – especially if you’re planning on doing any kind of aerobic activity during your practice.

There are risks associated with every sport. Running a hockey practice is no different. The most important thing for you to keep in mind is safety. Once you’ve taken all of these risks into consideration, however, it’s easy enough to set up a hockey practice and enjoy yourself while you’re at it.

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