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Im new to female hockey coaching and was just wondering if there is any recommendations someone can give me as to getting setup with a new team for the first night of training, what to look out for etc.
whats the age group and ability of the players (e.g national league club?)
A division club age ranging from low twenties to middle 30`s females, they are a fairly decent team with variations of ability
Do a proper intro etc. A good warm up with a short fitness element and then have two training sessions in your mind - one more advanced then the other but concentrate on core skills exercises. Do not overcomplicate the drills or do too much - let the players play and ensure that you demonstrate what you are asking the players to do. If you are unable to demonstrate then ask the players to do this. So core skills and fitness. If you see that the group is very good then go with Plan B and up the ante so to speak. Bring a note pad and pen to remember names of all the players and not just the special few who stand out (you will be respected for that). Have a game at the end. Remember to assess your session at the end and away you go!...good luck buddy
I agree wth most of the above. However I have found that with female sides they need "to know that you care before they care what you know". What I mean by this is to get to know them better as individuals so 1-1 feedback as much as possible in the early stages to show them you are involved with them. If you do make any group comments endeavour to keep these upbeat. Once the girls know that you are interested you will get much greater buy in and they will then be preeared to be challnged to a higher standard. Finally look like you are enjoying it and they will also.
Good luck and have fun.
cheers for the replies..... first session off and went very well took on board what you guys have said and things worked out really well. thansk again
"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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