Winning isn?t just about scoring loads of goals, sometimes keeping the ball and not looking for goals is exactly what is needed; the best teams in the world are experts at keeping the ball and nullifying oppositions attacks. Hockey is a game of patience and it is equally effective when building an attack to create the best moment to penetrate defences and at keeping other teams attackers quiet.
This session focuses on keeping possession to protect a lead and eradicate any opposition attacks. You get a couple of goals ahead in a game and your players get excited and go hunting for more? we know exactly how it goes. However, when hunting for that extra goal, it?s so easy to leave the defenders at the back over-exposed and as a coach, we know it gives you a mini heart attack when you see it happening. Programme your players to consolidate a lead and keep the ball with this session which starts off with the basic possession games before progressing to more advanced practices to get players simply enjoying their time on the hockey ball.
They can?t score without the ball, so why would you let them have it!?
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!
Make the defender commit to moving their stick, read the signs and time your move to attack the space in this 1v1 attacking session
"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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