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I'm new to coaching and i'm coaching a team that barely knows how to even hold a stick properly. Where can i start with improving there skills and hockey kowledge ?
Starting out with a completely new team needs you to start building the fundamentals of play. Initially, making sure they understand the concepts of the game, the overall aims and fundamentals rules.
Once these are established, the players should have a better understanding of at least what they want to achieve. Next, start off with some really basic passing drills, this skill is essentially what hockey is built around, so by getting them to a level where they can pass and receive the ball effectively, you can begin to introduce more complex skills.
I would suggest playing fun games once they have the basic ideas/skills to pass and receive. Play in a small area and put the players into pairs with one ball between two. They have to be passing to each other whilst avoiding the other players in the small area. This will give them the opportunity to recognise space and make them used to playing with others moving around them.
Check out the drills and search for beginners sessions on Sportplan to give yourself a better idea!
In the mean time, use this drill to develop their passing skills.
I hope this helps!
In my experience it comes down to the more time with sticks in hand the better.
simple passing and trapping between 2 people about 5m apart is something that i coach for every team from first timers to high levels as part of a warm up before every training session and game.
Basic skills like controlling the ball though a line of cones and simple little skill games work well.
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