Hockey: Push - Defend the Gate

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DESCRIPTION

- Players work in pairs
- Goal is to push the ball past the opposing player and through the gate
- Works on picking the ball up at pace
- Players take it in turns to push the ball, trying to beat the other who is defending the gate
- Should be a short, sharp, intense drill

COACHING POINTS

- Players should be attempting to control the ball and immediately release it, not allowing the defender to set themselves
- Defending players should be in the playing position, with a high elbow, allowing themselves the greatest chance to pick the ball either side
- Defending players should have light feet, with a slightly angled body. This will allow quick movement, and reduce the space available

PROGRESSION

- If the ball is not going through the gates: Increase the size of the gates or move the players closer together
- If the ball is going through the gate a lot: Decrease the size of the gates or move the players further apart

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