Hockey - Year 3-5 - Lesson 2 - Passing

Hockey - Year 3-5 - Lesson 2 - Passing

  • Cones
  • Hockey Balls
  • Hockey Sticks
  • Bibs
  • Tagging Spike

Lesson Video

Warm Up

Hockey Passing
1.  Hockey - Gateways
Set up a number of gateways in a defined playing area by placing two cones of the same colour about a metre apart. In pairs players will start either side of the gateway with a hockey stick each and one ball. The first person completes a push pass to their partner through the gateway. Their partner will then trap the ball and complete a push pass back to their partner. When 5 push passes and traps are complete, the player with the ball dribbles to another gateway.


Hockey Passing
2.  Hockey - Freeze and Thaw
This game is made up of three types of players: dribblers, taggers and savers. The dribblers will dribble the ball around the playing area trying to maintain control of the ball at all times. The taggers job is to run around and try and tag the dribblers (this person has no hockey stick or ball; they use a tagging spike to tag the dribblers). Once a dribbler has been tagged they hold their stick horizontally in front of their body to show they have been tagged. The savers job is to come and complete 2 passes with the dribbler, to free them. The savers wear a bib and only have a hockey stick not a ball. Taggers are not allowed to tag savers. When the coach blows the whistle the taggers and savers will swap roles with a dribbler. The ratio of each of the groups depends on the number and ability of the students you are working with. Generally for a class group of 25 you would start with 2 taggers, 4 savers and the rest dribblers. You may need to modify this; for example reduce the number of taggers and increase the number of savers.

3.  Hockey - Number Hockey
Split class into two even teams. Get the students to line up along the side of the court behind a cone. The coach will call a number, for example THREE, the first three students from each team’s line will run around a cone and then head towards their goal. The hockey ball is rolled in the direction of one team (avoid rolling the ball into the middle as students collide) the team that gathers the ball will try and score a goal. Sticks must remain as low to the ground as possible and no big hits. The game ends when either a team scores a goal or the coach blows their whistle. That group of students return to the back of their line and the coach will call a new number.

Skill levels: Hockey 3-4