Actual Game Play

ACTUAL GAME

* Playing on a smaller rink results in increased puck possession time for each player.
* Individual technical skills develop more quickly.
* More frequent line changes in the game means more ice time for each player.
* Line changes are made quickly since the players are directly beside the playing surface.
* Each player's activity increases greatly.
* Scoring skills are enhanced since the players have more shooting opportunities.
* The goalkeeper's reading of the game and reaction to changing game situations become more effective.
* More repetition for goalkeepers.
* The game is full of continuously changing situations.
* The speed in playing situations increase, which will require quicker mental and physical reactions by the players.
* Due to increased tempo, all of the team members take part in solving the playing situations, which leads to a sharing of responsibilities between players.
* The feeling of being an important part of the action increases because of the small size of the rink.
* Hockey sense, or understanding the principles of the game, is being developed at a young age.
 * There are no unnecessary breaks in the game (i.e. off-sides, icing).

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GENERAL ORGANIZATION

* More efficient use of ice time and space.
* The size of the rink is in proportion with the size of the players.
* USA Hockey recommends that teams play with two or three units of four or five players and one goalkeeper, which results in each player having more ice time.
* More ice time for practicing and playing is made available to more teams within a single association.
 * Many teams can practice together by sharing the ice surface.