It is difficult to define the ÂcorrectÂ technique; if a player is quick and highly successful, a teacher should question whether to change a playerÂs style. However, it is recognized that only the flat, German style hit is effective on a water-based pitch, as other techniques tend to make the ball rise. It is highly desirable to teach the following:
Grip: Hands apart but similar 'double V grip' to the hitting technique.
Head: The head should be positioned over the right foot as the player starts to push the ball. The head will finish well over the left foot once the follow through has been completed.
Ball: Almost a full stick length away from the body. The ball should start in front of the right foot and will be released when it has passed the left foot. Keep the stick in contact with the ball for as long as possible.
A good follow through technique will see the head of the stick pointing at the intended target.
On the move: Players should use the 'cross-over' step where the penultimate step is the right foot crossing behind the left foot. This motion allows the player to stay in a low position throughout the push. Keeping both feet on the ground when in contact with the ball will help the player stay balanced throughout the pushing technique, and will help the transfer of weight from right foot to left.
Passing & Receiving
Players can use this technique when passing or shooting at goal. Hold the stick with your palms facing upwards and turn the stick so that the flat side of the hook is facing the sky. The back swing should be short and remain close to the ground. Place your weight onto your right foot, with the ball slightly in front. For a pass/ sweep shot ensure you get low and hit the middle of the ball. For a controlled lifted shot players should hit into the back of the ball.
- Performing the reverse stick shot or 'tomohawk' - The Grip: Move the stick 90 degrees from the standard strongside hitting position. This moves from hitting with the flat face to the blade of the stick. - Players will naturally be more comfortable of a particular foot. Either foot is fine
Stick should be carried in the right hand only when looking to recover a defensive position or run into space on an attack
Right hand only When the player needs to run fast and is not in a position to receive the ball the player can run with the stick in one hand (right) When the player is about to receive and moving around the player should hold the stick with both hands
Player 1 feeds any other attacker who controls and (a) shoots or (b) develops to other attackers making 1 or 2 passes before shoting (as in the diagram)
- Dribbling through a slalom of cones, keeping the ball on the strong side throughout - Footwork is key
Simple and effective control and footwork exercise. Players dribble around the cones maintaining contact with the ball at all times.
"It is not only useful for staff who are experienced but a valuable tool for those subject staff who have to take teams."
The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
As we enter the business end of the competition, we take a look at the remaining eight teams and the key talking points surrounding each side.
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