Coaching Association of Canada

Ship Shape

Stage of Activity

FUNdamentals, Learn to Train




10 - 15 minutes

Number of People


How it Works

The coach must gather all players to explain the calls. The ice becomes a ship and the coach shouts one of the “calls” and all players skate with rings to the designated end of the ice and come back. When all players are back or nearly back , the coach makes another call. Vary the calls.

Bow – one end of the ice (front of the ship)

Stern – opposite end of the ice (back of the ship)

Port - left side of the ice (facing the bow)

Starboard – right side of the ice (facing the bow)

Man Overboard – lie down on the ice and get up quickly

Swab the Deck – moving the stick and ring around like it was a mop

|Mutiny – chase the coach


Warm up, focus, speed


Can be used in all environments: field, court, pool, snow, ice, gym.