Breakout Basics 1v0 Drill


The Breakout Basics 1v0 drill, from the experts at Hockey Coach Vision. First in a 5-part series.


When teaching hockey players basic tactics, it is important to take a step-by-step approach. They first need the skills to be able to execute the play. The tactic, such as a break out, is then broken down into smaller parts. Coaches must practice the movements and reads, and slowly begin adding the missing parts. The Breakout Basics 1v0 drill considers these challenges.


Defense Player 1 (D1) steps up over the blue line, pivots backwards and retrieves the puck. Then they wheel behind the net and make a break out pass to Forward Player 2 (F2) on the wall. F2 skates up around the face-off circle and goes in for a shot. F2 stops at the net and then backs into the face-off circle in position to get a rebound off the next shooter. 

Key Points of the Breakout Basics 1v0 Drill

  • Forwards time their pivot towards the wall, and pivot to the wall once the D player has committed to wheeling to the net
  • Forwards pivot towards the wall, forwards to backwards, always keeping their eyes on the puck
  • D players make quick, tape-to-tape outlet passes 

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.

Coaches: If there’s a specific area you’d like to see covered, feel free to post your comment in the area below and we’ll do our best to include it. Look for a new hockey drill from HCV here soon!

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  1. Thank you, Warren, for your dedication to hockey and your effort to make youth coaches better. Young players are the future of our sport and the biggest influence on them is their coaches.

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