Swinging stick in the air when passing ball

Swinging stick in the air when passing ball

One of my players constantly swings her stick in the air when passing, or making a tackle. i have explained technique many times but it is not working. how can i help her?? May injure someone and also gets blown up for stick tackle.

Aurelie CharlesCoach, England
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Hockey CoachCoach

Not sure how you can swing your stick in the air when tackling, is it the backswing before or the forward swing after a pass ?
Maybe forget the technique for a while, it may be to much info to process all at once and you can start with the instruction of keeping the stick on the field at ALL times, (tackling, guiding, passing (so a push only) even running/moving in circle.

Jason AskegreenCoach, United States of America

Tape heavy weights to the backside of her stick near the toe, she will learn quickly to keep it down. You can also use ankle weights that velcro on, but they get a bit bulky on the front face of the stick.

Steven PortplanOther, England

I believe this is an issue which can only really be addressed through constant pestering. Mention this every single session to the point where it bores her. You`d be surprised how many players eventually change there playing style just to get the coach of their back. After a few weeks using the correct technique they realise the positives you are been enforcing. I have had it a few times with girls tackling with the stick in the right hand.

The weighting of the stick could possibly work but seems a very dramatic fix, and could pose a greater risk if the stick is still lifted.

Hope the developmet goes well, would love to hear how the progression goes

Jimmy SooiCoach, England

I believe there are two ways that may help your player.

1.Ask your player to keep her hands some 12 to 15 inches apart and try to strike the ball. After a few practices if that doesn`t work try the second method.

2.As your player is moving forward ask her to move the ball towards the right 45 degrees forward. Staying in the original line of play still going forward get left foot, just behind, nearly in line with ball and just before striking bring right hand upwards some couple of inches from left hand. May take a short pratcise.

Hope one of these exercises does help your player.

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