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Minkey Coaching Drills

Does anyone have any drills they would recommend for minkey players? First year coaching and I want to start off on the right foot.
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Hi Kyara,

When it comes to minkey, it's important to keep the kids entertained and interested so it's best to use big drills where everyone is involved. When they're standing around, it's easy to lose their concentration.

The drills that have a bit of competitive aspect too helps them have fun and stay interested as they can see achievements which encourages them so long as the roles are changed around enough. Keep the games light hearted but exciting. 

The drills shouldn't be spread out too much to keep the boys and girls in the same drills - when the drills are stretched out over bigger spaces and with more people, it's easier to see certain groups take over and others can get easily left out. 

This is a great option as the drill has plenty of balls going at one time so each player gets plenty of time in the action.

I hope this helps!

2 v 2 up and down

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First set out some 2 vs 2 pitches consisting of 2 goals, 15 to 20m apart with each goal being 1 stick length wide.

Once the pitches are laid out, number the pitches 1,2,3,4, etc with 4 players and one ball per pitch.

The aim of the game is to try and score goals from about 2m out.

The length of the game is approximately 2-3 minutes long and starts on the first whistle and stopped by the second whistle.


Coaching Points:

When the game is stopped it is important that there is a winner on each pitch. In the case of a draw the winners is decided on the throw of a stick (flat or round).

Once every pitch has a winner all the winners move up one pitch, (so if the players are on pitch 3 they move to pitch 4). The losers do the opposite, and move down one pitch.

The winners on pitch 1 and the loser on the lowest pitch have nowhere to move so they stay on their pitches.

Once everyone has moved the game can start again.

G'day

The hook into hockey "skills in action" guide book is available for free from the Hook in 2 hockey website. It is full of drills and games for young hockey players and information to help coaches get the most from their sessions.


Cheers

Mick

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