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Defensive Hockey Drill: D to D See-Saw


The D to D See-Saw defensive hockey drill, from the experts at Hockey Coach Vision

The D to D See-Saw is a great defensive hockey drill for all D players


An excellent drill that works on D mobility for players of all ages. The focus is on making clean pivots while receiving and making passes.

D to D See-Saw Drill Description


D1 receives a pass from D4, and then D1 and D2 make a series of “D to D and up” passes using D3 as a passing target as well. After four D to D passes, D2 replaces D3, D1 slides to the right D position, and D4 moves to left D position. Defense rotates to play both left side and right side of the ice.

Key Points

  • Emphasizes smooth hands and feet
  • Defense maintains a staggered position after passing to their D partner to be a hinge option
  • Drill may progress to adding D hinge passes* as well

*Defensive Hinge Play: A tactic in hockey that is used to makes it more difficult for a player on the forecheck to intercept a pass. For example, when a pass is made backwards to a defensive player that is skating forward, it is that player’s job to return behind the defensive player to provide proper support. This way, the D player can easily get a pass back to the initial skater if necessary.

D to D See Saw defesnive hockey drill

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