Top Hockey Drills

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Improve attack, defence and understanding with our selection of the best hockey drills. Coach top skills from dribbling to receiving on the run, suitable for beginners to advanced players. Read on to see the top hockey drills that will help players master the core skills.

Passing Through A Line Of Defence

Skills Focus: Possession, Close Control, Quick Passing

Overview: The players in the end zones can pass the ball to each other laterally but the aim is to try and pass the ball from one end zone to the other, without the ball being intercepted by the defenders who can only defend on the line.

Key Improvement: Close control and passing in a tight areas in attack. Body position in defence.

Passing Through A Line Of Defence
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Reverse Stick Receive and Shot

Skills Focus: Shooting, Receiving, Forward Runs

Overview: Attacker will initially run towards the passer to show for the ball, then peel off, aiming their run towards the baseline. The attacker should take a receiving touch, followed by a shot at goal off their left foot.

Key Improvement: Receiving the ball on the move and passing into the runners path.

Reverse Stick Receive and Shot
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Defend The Circle

Skills Focus: Defending 1 On 1, Engaging The Attacker, Positioning, Mirroring

Overview: Defenders start on the D and play to the attacker on the left or right to instigate a 1 v 1. The defender should rush out to engage with the defender early and stop the attacker from entering the D, instead showing them down the outside.

Key Improvement: Learn attacking movement patterns to move the ball through the court.

Defend The Circle
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Deflections & Covering Angles - Goalkeeping

Skills Focus: Positioning, Anticipation, Footwork, Recovering Speed

Overview: A ball is fed out to the winger who takes the ball into the circle. This player either takes on the shot or passes the ball to the back post. The goalkeeper tries to cover the angles for the initial shot or quickly reacts to the pass, diving to get to the ball and block the shot.

Key Improvement: Goalkeeper positioning and reaction speeds to adjust to different scenarios.

Deflections & Covering Angles - Goalkeeping
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Simple Weight Transfer

Skills Focus: Weight Transfer, Dribbling, Ball Control

Overview: Develop the confidence to drag the ball from one side to another at different speeds. Plus create the spring in the transfer of weight so that when transfered to eliminations, the attacker has the ability to spring out of the skill and accelerate away.

Key Improvement: The basic technique of dribbling with the ball and maintaining balance.

Simple Weight Transfer
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Quick Break

Skills Focus: Quick Break, Overloads, Attacking Movement, Dribbling, Passing

Overview: Two defenders start in the circle and pass to one of the three attackers outside the 23 metre line. This prompts the start of the drill with the attackers using attacking movement and positional rotations to drag defenders out of position to create space for the ball carrier and other supporting players

Key Improvement: Attacking with an overload on the break. Movement in attack to make space for attacking teammates.

Quick Break
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