Hockey: Slap Hit Basic

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DESCRIPTION

- Introducing the slap hit
- The slap hit is used to generate more power than the push hit, while offering more accuracy than the hit
- The popular choice of moving the ball around the back

COACHING POINTS

- The stick should be held towards the top of the stick to maximise the lever distance
- This movement is actually easier with a rolling ball
- Have the ball pushed slightly in front of the player, allowing them to step into the pass
- The player should get low down, and sweep through the ball to generate power
- If the ball is lifting up, it is likely the player is opening the face of the stick. This should be discouraged

PROGRESSION

- Introduce a leading player, increasing the complexity of the pass
- Have the receive the ball, and then pass to an area of the coaches desire
- Consider using the disguised slap

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