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What's your favourite field hockey drill?

What's your favourite field hockey drill?

I like this practice, it take reasonably proficient squad to set up, but then works everybody hard.

Give and Go Circle - Part 2

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  1. The inside player passes the ball to their partner on the outside.

  2. The inside player then moves anticlockwise to receive the ball back via a wall pass from the outside player.

  3. After the inside player receives the ball back they give it once more to the outside player

  4. This time the outside player runs into the inside position and the inside player runs to the outside position. (players reverse roles).

Practice continues.


Coaching Points:

This practice requires good concentration from all players - you may wish to walk through it at 50% pace to begin with to ensure players understand the movement patterns (one-two pass, switch positions, repeat).

Here is mine I use this a lot to teach players possession but also the art of defending as a team i.e. of you play the game with 6 v 6 or more. More then one defender will have to go in to win the ball back for their team so it would be wise for the defenders to force the ball towards their own team and not away from their team so the defenders would first run through the area of the players with the ball to then try to force and win the ball closer to their own team.

Kabadi

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Set up with two teams, each team having their own area in which they keep possession by passing the ball around.

The other team can send one player across to try and win the ball for their side. If they manage to win possession the roles reverse and the other team passes the ball inside their own area.

The winning team is the first team to put 10 passes together without losing the ball.


Coaching Points:

With beginners it is better that the player trying to win the ball back has no stick and has to tag the player in possession of the ball. This gives the players in possession more time on the ball.

what is the best drill to help defenders get the ball out on a 16?

try this one.

Attacking from the back

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Team 1 has to pass the ball around the back and never miss out more than 1 player.

Whenever the ball is received by one of the wide players they have to try and get to the half way line without being tackled by one of the opposition wingers. This tackler can only be released by receiving the ball and leaving it in their coned area.

When the player running to the half way line is closed down by one of the tacklers they should try and switch the ball around the back. Team 1 is not allowed to pass the ball through the coned area.

Bram thats my favourite drill

Totally agree with Bram.

So good for honing passing and receiving skills, but also helps introduce/improve Attacking outletting principles. Helps teach your full backs to read the press and to play with eyes up.

I tend to stick my CH in the middle of the front three as it helps them practice their transferring skills.

If done at match pace it can be hard work so really good for fitness too!

All in all a great practice for pre-season!!!

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