Hockey: Practice to learn the principle of the 1/2 court press

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DESCRIPTION

The defending team forms a line on the half way line of the pitch (in this case the 23m line).
Any player from the opposition that runs beyond the line of defence, should be very tightly marked while inside the 1/2 court. Every time the attacking player runs back out. The defender should stop on the defensive line. Every time the team playing 1/2 court gains possession of the ball they should have a fast break situation. It is important that only 2 out of the 5 players should take the opportunity of this break, and not the whole team, because on losing the ball you still want to be able to continue playing the 1/2 court.

COACHING POINTS

  • Set the defending team a target to hold on to a lead of 1 - 0 for 5 minutes.
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