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My hockey team is still playing on uneven fields

My U19 boys hockey team is still playing on very uneven bumpy grass fields. What are the best ball stopping technique and drills

It depends on where you play on the pitch and from which direction the ball is played and where the ball needs to go next. One of the common ways is that players are told to stop the ball with an upright stick and keep their feet behind the stick for cover if they miss it. In my experience this has always made players very static and more nervous because you have planted the seed of doubt in their brain that they might not stop the ball.. So I have always told players to receive the ball side ways on (if they miss it they will have to run and get it). This gives the players more options to do something with the ball when they receive it, like keep moving or turning away from defenders. One thing that helped a lot with the teams I coached was that we worked on passing and receiving on the reverse stick side the reason for this being that the stick is more upright on the area of the stick head is higher when stopping the ball so if the ball bumps up at the last second the ball will still hit the stick. Bram

Receive reverse on the move

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Description:

2 Balls Players in the middle receive the ball on the reverse pass the ball on to the next player to then receiving the same ball back again on the reverse.


Coaching Points:

The players receiving should not turn the corner until the player with the ball is ready to pass the ball back.

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