Back Check Transition/Support Drill

back check transition support drill

This week we focus on the Back Check Transition/ Support read drill, courtesy of Hockey Coach Vision


The Back Check Transition/Support Drill is an excellent one-puck exercise that works on low zone coverage.


  • F1 starts play by chipping a puck to either corner. The player then jumps in to support and create a quick 2 on 1 out of the corner.
  • F3 moves to high slot to provide support and pass option. D1 and D2 must always force the puck carrier.
  • Coach can allow play to continue 3 on 2, finishing with a low-to-high pass to high D for a point shot. D then throws a new puck to F4, F5, or F6 for a counterattack the other way.
  • In this option, the coach signals F4 to jump in after the initial attack to create a 5 on 5 situation. Play continues until the coach whistles and throws a new puck to F4, F5, or F6 to start counterattack the other way. 

Key Points

  • Quick transition from defense to offense and offense to defense.
  • On breakout transition, all back-checking forwards must take 5 quick steps, back checking back through middle ice.
  • Players on D are encouraged to jump up quickly on the counterattack.
  • Works offensive zone entries with the odd-man advantage.
  • The coach may throw in a second puck if the first puck is cleared quickly by the defenders after the rush.

About Hockey Coach Vision…

Hockey Coach Vision is an application used by hockey coaches that allows them to digitize drills and tactics in animated 3D, which can then be shared. The app works on Mac or PC, as well as on iPad and Android tablets. This powerful coaching tool enables hockey coaches to design virtually any game situation. It uses animated 3D, so that coaches can view all their plays using various 3D perspectives. Your drills can be shared with your players and assistant coaches. PDFs can be generated to keep everyone in the loop with your practice plan. Monthly plans can be created by placing your practice packages and notes into your calendar. Manage your team and use it within every aspect of your practice plans. Use video or picture recordings to store a play, analysis, drill, technique, etc.

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