Space is a valuable commodity on a hockey pitch, so you?ve got to work hard to create it. It?s not always who runs the furthest and the hardest who gets the space, sometimes slighter movements can buy a player a pocket of space to receive the ball and create an attack from.
What's in the Session?
Develop players understanding of where the space is in relation to the defender and how their first touch can manipulate the space to take full advantage of it. The session progresses with this thought going through the spine of the session from the dynamic warm-up to a technical practice to create space before finishing with a conditioned game to put into practice creating space to sustain attacking pressure.
The four drills in this plan are great for groups of all sizes and can be used with groups of 6 players and up. Drills in this plan include:
Develop your teams outletting and create sustained attacks by developing your players ability to create space and take advantage of it when they do.
Get any shot off towards the back post, whether it?s a sweep or a push to put it on a plate for a deflection into the goal.
Give everyone on the team the confidence to take the ball under pressure, beat a player with their 1-on-1 skills, then move it on.
Baffle your opponents with the illusion of an extra man - coach your players to move positively with overlapping.
Don't stop moving! Speed up gameplay by working on your junior players' ability to pass and receive on the run!
Help your players spot defender's weaknesses, especially when the odds are stacked in their favour - and make the overload count!
"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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