Why Train on Small Ice? 

Our specialized rink size leads to more puck touches, skating reps, stickhandling/ shooting reps, and creativity/ scoring opportunities all at a higher game speed. Our unique formula creates the Midwest’s best skill development tool for players of all ages/genders.  From association hockey to high school, collegiate, and pro careers, it has been proven that the Ice Barn 3 on 3 hockey method will help develop your son or daughter’s skill set dramatically quicker than on a regulation-sized rink. 


Here’s how: 


  • Beginning players never feel like they’re out of the play, and thus will be engaged in the play at all times. 

  • Players will handle the puck more, which is a competitive small rink environment that is going to expedite the development of their stickhandling/ shooting skills. 

  • Players will quickly develop better hockey sense and their overall skills and fundamentals due to the high tempo, up and down game style that forces players to work on all skill sets each shift. 

  • Players will develop their overall skating fundamentals such as quickness, turns, stops, and any other transitional movements due to the higher-paced play on the smaller ice surfaces and condensed play. 

  • Players will develop faster read and react skills with and without the puck. The game is faster, which forces you to learn to ‘think fast and play fast. 

  • Players will learn how to think ahead and get away from traffic on a small window of ice. 

  • Goalies will face increased amounts of shots from all areas. With the abundance of scoring chances the 3 on 3 game creates, the goalies typically face 60-70 shots per game. 

  • Ice Barn-Indy has the only state-of-the-art small sheet rink in the Indianapolis metro area. Perfect for 3 on 3, fast-paced action and focus on skill development. 

  • The high school, collegiate, and professional styles of hockey are transitioning more to a speed and skill-based game. Ice Barn 3 on 3 will help your child develop the skill set that will help them attain their hockey goals, no matter how lofty.

Support for Small Rink Skills Development

Puck Touches

2X more


Players are closer to the action and touch the puck more often, doubling opportunities to engage

Shot Attempts

6X More


Tighter action, shot attempts increase significantly

Shots on Goal

3X More


Shot attempts translate into shots on goal; increased puck touches and closer proximity of goals

Pass Attempts

2X More


Players pass and attempt to pass more often; with or without the puck, players are closer to the action

Passes Received

5X More


Shorter pass attempts improves accuracy, resulting in development of pass receiving skills 

Findings from hockeycanada.ca