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Three players with a ball start in the grid furthest away from the goal with one defender in the first grid and one defender in the second grid. The practice is for the 3 players to progress through the 2 grids and score a goal. Defenders can only defend inside their own grid.
Scoring on the break
The player with the ball passes the ball square to the other attacking player. Upon receiving the ball player 2 runs laterally across the defender, staying just out of reach. In the meantime player 1 has to run diagonally into the space behind the defender. Player 2 has two options they can pass the ball into the space behind the defender for player 1 to run onto or player 2 can keep the ball and continue to run past the defender. Player 2 can pass at any time and must run to be available for the return pass from player 1.
Scoring on the break
2 v 2 in the box, keeping the ball in a directional rondo with 1 player at either end of the box. 2 Players work inside the box to keep it with the 2 out the box. If the defenders intercept or tackle they swap to the ball players to work with the 2 outside. 2 on the outside of the box can go left to right to move to receive the ball and can play through the box to each other. They cannot be tackled.
Set up with cones set out in a square 10m x 10m, and inside the square have two teams of three players each, and one ball between them. The aim of the game is for each team to make as many one touch (wall) passes as possible. Every wall pass is awarded 1 point.
2 teams play a 6v6 game, with a left and a right central zone marked out with cones. In each of the central zones there should be 1 player from each team. Players who are defending (on both teams) can only stay in their starting zones, whereas players who are attacking can run across zones to support the attack and create the overloads (2v1).
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Build the whole of your game upon having a rock solid defence. Work on defending 1-on-1 as well as a team unit, starting from the front. This session develops the whole teams reaction to losing the ball and working hard to win it back as soon as possible.
Your season starts now! You?ve been doing your fitness work but now it?s time to get a stick in your hands and start working on the basics with this session so that you?re sharp, polished and ready to hit the ground running when the first competitive game comes around.
Pass the ball out of pressure and find space to attack with this speedy stickwork and ball switching plan
In this fourth and final fitness plan so we cover all the bases - working on cardio, strength, speed and agility - getting your players ready for the new season
Continue your growth into the new season by rediscovering the basics to create a foundation to build upon. It?s all about getting your touch, zipping the ball to your teammates and finding your level again to go into the first game at your best!
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I'm using 4-4-2 and on sometimes 3-1-4-2 with a lower level hockey team.
I've chosen this over other formations, simply because the hockey experience and ability of my players is not of a high level (and most people have an approximate understanding of 442). Also, I believe that one must choose a formation based on players traits and what they can deliver.
For example, I'd ideally prefer to have 3 forwards, to help with more height and width but then would have to either play 3 in the middle or 3 at the back... and my player strengths don't permit this. In short, I simply don't believe I have a strong enough CH / CM to handle 3 in the middle and I'm not convinced that the off-the-ball support from other players is strong enough to allow 3 in the middle.
Anyway, I'm not 100% where to get my centre mids to stand when we have a 16 yd hit to take (i.e. our possession).
Obviously one of the CMs comes deep to offer a potential direct outlet from the centre backs or offer an overload option if the ball goes out to the sides (which is more likely, since I've pretty much banned the high risk play of releasing up the middle - we've had far too many turnovers in our final third or quarter because we tried to play up the middle).
My players are 'aware' of posting up and leading runs.
However, I'm not sure about the 2nd CM. On the one hand I'd ideally like the 2nd CM to come deep as well, in order to potentially help break up the opposition press but by doing so, I distort the midfield and if we do manage to get the ball to one of the CMs, he won't have the 2nd CM in a higher position to release to, etc.
Can someone suggest, again, about midfield positioning using 4-4-2 or 3-1-4-2, when we are setting up a general press?
I have traditionally encouraged man marking, simply because our general positional awareness is weak (which makes zonal play a no-no IMO) + our tracking and attitude to committed defending (i.e. you donât give up if one tackle fails) could be better! However, looking at suggested presses on Sportplan, some zonal positioning seems a necessity and I think if I can help my players make the step, success will come because they've been forced to become more aware of their pitch positioning, etc.
Also, looking at some of the presses, it looks like the midfield can go 'flat' to create a barrier... and as I encourage a diamond shape in midfield, I need to explain to my players what to do and when.
Sorry for the wordy question. I hope this all makes sense.
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