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Scoring on the break Drills

Scoring on the break is a very common form of attack in field hockey, if you watch the Australians you may believe it is the only form of attack. It o...

Drills

Full Court Press

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey Full Court Press Roles and Responsibilities The difference between the Full Press, which puts pressure on the specific areas on the pitch (wid...

1/2 Court Press

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey 1/2 Court Press Roles and Responsibilities The 1/2 court press is again a team effort and relies on all players joining in and being disciplin...

Simple Press

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey simple press Roles and Responsibilities This animation is made to show my team The way we set up our press and where each player moves accordi...

Full Press - Puting Pressure On The Opposition

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey Full Press - Puting Pressure on the Opposition Roles and Responsibilities The basis of the press is that no player commits to the ball but a ...

Defensive Transfer

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey Defensive Transfer Roles and Responsibilities Important players play at ... halfcourt press with switch denial player high up the pitch Drill ...

1-3-1-3-3

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

This system is more attacking then the sweeper behind system (1-1-3-3-3).

The advantage of this set-up is that you have a free player behind...

Choose A Folder...

The 1/2 court press is again a team effort and relies on all players joining in and being disciplined.

The 1/2 court press is a bit like spa...

1V1 - Scoring Challenge

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Set up two lines of players as show in the image.

The players with the ball start from the middle of the pitch on the 23m line and run out t...

2D/3D: Combining Elimination Skills

category: 3D-skills

- Player peforms a sharp change of direction, followed by a stick dink from hockey position, and finish with a one handed lift
- Combining 2D ...

3V2 Overload

category: Overload-situations

- 3 vs 2
- Ball bounced off the defenders
- Free play
- Key is to gain an outcome in the D (be it a penalty corner, shot on target, ...

3v2 Overload

- 3 vs 2
- Ball bounced off the defenders
- Free play
- Key is to gain an outcome in the D (be it a penalty corner, shot on target, ...

6 Zone: No Pressure

category: Conditioned-Games

- Pitch split into 6 zones
- 6 outfield players
- Use of goalkeepers beneficial to drill
- Play across half a pitch
- Pass at r...

9 Zone: Full Game

category: Conditioned-Games

- Pitch split into 9 zones (3 x 3)
- 6 vs 6
- Multiple players from each team in one area
- Forwards (white) can dribble ball from o...

9 Zone: No Pressure

category: Conditioned-Games

- Pitch split into 9 zones (3 x 3)
- 6 players
- Players should post between the different areas to move up the pitch...

Attacking Tight Peel

category: Passing-Receiving

*** AUDIO DESCRIPTION ON ***

Objective: To get the attacking player to r...

Ball Into Space

category: Passing-Receiving

Player 1 runs into the space to receive the ball from player 2 who:

  1. Can hit or push the ball
  2. Can give an aerial ball into the...

Box Break

category: Scoring-on-the-break

Defender dribbles with ball into the area in which two attackers are waiting to take the ball (the attackers have to tackle for the ball). On winni...

Break Hockey

category: Scoring-on-the-break

One defender dribbles with ball into the area in which two attackers are waiting to tackle for the ball. On winning the ball the two attackers run out...

Changing The Point Of Attack

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Player 1 starts with the ball and runs down the wing. The defender puts on some pressure . Just before player 1 loses the ball he/she turns away fr...

Close Circles

category: Conditioned-Games

- 6 on 6
- Approximately half pitch game played across the length
- Full size D should be used (project onto the other goal)
- High ...

Close Circles: 5 Vs 3 Overload

category: Conditioned-Games

- 5 vs 5
- Played in small area with marked D's
- Must have 2 players in the D whilst defending
- High intensity drill

Close Circles: 5 Vs 3 Overload

category: Overload-situations

- 5 vs 5
- Played in small area with marked D's
- Must have 2 players in the D whilst defending
- High intensity drill

Close Circles: Scoring Under Pressure

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

- 5 vs 5
- Played in small area with marked D's
- High intensity drill
- Players can only score by pushing/flicking the ball

Creating Scoring Chances - Gk

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

A good fun exercise for scoring goals, and for keepers to have a good work out.

Split the group into teams of four and put 2 or 3 keepers in...

Defensive Transfer 2

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Introduce Inside Left and Inside Right and passing option as indicated on diagram

Add in passive defenders

Disguised Kicking

category: Goal-keeping

  • Setup the practice as shown.
  • Two players putting pressure on goalkeeper.
  • Coach feeds the ball for the goalkeeper to kick through th...

    Distribution Under Pressure

    category: Passing-Receiving

    1 Player passes the ball to the player through the cones then follows it to put pressure on the receiver. The receiver has to try and pass the ball t...

    Dribble - Tease The Cone

    category: Video-Techniques

    - The goal is to move the ball towards then cone, then cut it back quickly. This attempts to make a defender into making a challenge, allowing the ...

    Early 2 Vs 1

    category: Overload-situations

    Players get into pairs with 1 ball per pair.

    The player with the ball dribbles around the area until one of the two defenders in the area co...

    Front Defence Game

    Place a cone in the middle of the halfway line. Two players start with the ball on the halfway line with a 3rd player standing and waiting just beh...

    Front defence zone game

    Set out a zone by splitting pitch into 3 equal areas.

    Two players with the ball try to pass the ball through the centre zone to their partne...

    Hit at Goal off Right Foot

    - Striking the ball off of the right foot
    - Allows the ball to be hit earlier
    - Opens up additional hitting channels
    - Useful when m...

    Hit at Goal off Right Foot

    - Striking the ball off of the right foot
    - Allows the ball to be hit earlier
    - Opens up additional hitting channels
    - Useful when m...

    Hitting Drill off Right Foot

    - Striking the ball at right angles off of the right foot
    - Useful when changing the point of the attack
    - Allows the strike to be gotten...

    Hitting the ball

    - Utilising the standard hit
    - Hands together at the top of the grip
    - Player should stroke through the ball
    - Push the ball outside...

    Hitting the ball

    - Utilising the standard hit
    - Hands together at the top of the grip
    - Player should stroke through the ball
    - Push the ball outside...

    Look opposite

    2 players try and keep possession of the ball against 1 defender who has to put pressure on the player with the ball. The passing players should o...

    Move left then strike

    Players set up as shown in the diagram. The ball is pushed out to the stopper at the top of the circle. The main striker (Blue 3) runs over the t...

    Moving a defender into the midfield

    In this practice the defensive players are in position of the field and have to try and keep possession of the ball and put through one of the play...

    Moving Defence into Midfield

    In this practice the defensive players are in position of the field and have to try and keep possession of the ball and put through one of the play...

    Opposed Shooting: Clip Hit

    - Two active players (one forward, one defender) and a feeder
    - The feeder passes the ball into the forward, while the defend puts pressure on...

    Opposed Shooting: Flick and Push

    - Two active players (one forward, one defender) and a feeder
    - The feeder passes the ball into the forward, while the defend puts pressure on...

    Overload Left

    Pressure a weak right back, shift play. Player 2 should threaten the back post to distract the goalkeeper.

    Pass and Follow

    Pass ball to player and then chase pass to put pressure on player.

    Receiving player either passes first touch or two touch to the next player.<...

    Pass to top of circle for goal

    Players with ball run down the byline and pass the ball to a player at the top of the circle who receives and shoots on goal

    Positional Play under Pressure

    As above, but now introduce a defender who can first try and intercept only, later tackle. In this case, the left winger.
    movie needs to change t...

    Pressure Save / Clear

  • Setup as shown.
  • Rebounders start 3m away and then move in once the ball is fed in.
  • The coach feeds the ball into the goalkeeper who...

    Quick shot

    Pass and follow to a player positioned just outside the circle
    or inside if that is relevant to your team.
    one thing obout staying out side the ...

    Reverse Squeeze

    - Performing a squeeze on the reverse side
    - Useful to eliminate an overcommiting player

    Reverse Stick Dink and Squeeze

    - Combining the reverse stick dink and squeeze motion
    - Perform the reverse stick dink on the red cones
    - Perform the squeeze on the blue...

    Reverse Stick Trap Technique

    - Receiving the ball on the reverse side, upright
    - The ball should be rolled into the player at a fairly slow pace to begin with

    Reverse Stick Trap Technique

    - Receiving the ball on the reverse side, upright
    - The ball should be rolled into the player at a fairly slow pace to begin with

    Reverse Stick Trap Technique

    - Receiving the ball on the reverse side, upright
    - The ball should be rolled into the player at a fairly slow pace to begin with

    Right side understanding

    5 vs 3 down the right hand side

    Effectively trying to get the ball out of the back through the right half when the transfer has been blocked...

    Round the Gate under Pressure

    2 Players, 1 ball. One of the players has to pass the ball to his partner through the gate. After the pass he/she then runs after the ball to put pr...

    run-for-the-line

    attacker attempts to outrun defender

    attacker wins by getting through red gate before being tackled, and with the ball under control.

    Semi-Pressured Shooting

    - Top D Pressurised Shooting
    - Passive defender
    - Forward takes the ball across the body
    - Defender must run from inside the D, arou...

    Semi-Pressured Shooting

    - Top D Pressurised Shooting
    - Passive defender
    - Forward takes the ball across the body
    - Defender must run from inside the D, arou...

    Short Corner Defence 2 - 2

    Setup the defence as shown with defenders on each post and a runner on each post.

    Player 1 runs to the top of the circle with Player 2 runni...

    switch out of trouble

    No matter where you are on the pitch, if you feel that you cannot continue to apply pressure towards the goal Then start to play away from defender...

    Team relay

    Four teams of 3 or 4 players. Put one goal 15m over the half way line so the half way line is the top of the circle.

    The four team teams, on...

    Team relay

    Four teams of 3 or 4 players. Put one goal 15m over the half way line so the half way line is the top of the circle.

    The four team teams, on...

    The Clip Hit

    *** AUDIO DESCRIPTION ON ***

    Objective: To master the c...

    The Drawbridge

    Line up for the short corner as shown above. The ball is pushed out to the stopper at the top. The striker then moves the ball to the right. Blu...

    Transfer the Ball and Support

    The player in the middle runs at the player with the ball and receives the ball. He then passes it to the other player and runs at this player until ...

    Under pressure

    2 players have to try and pass the ball to each other. While the other 2 players have to close down the player on the ball. The defenders can tack...

    Using Board 2 vs 1

    The forward (blue 1) gives the ball to the opposition's defender and then tries to win the ball back.

    Once they have the ball the defender p...

    Using the support

    Player 2 runs to receive the ball from player 1 before then carrying the ball to the cones.

    Player 2 then turns 180 degrees and passes the b...

    Wall pass under pressure

    4 players with 2 balls. One player in the middle is tightly marked. One of the players with the ball passes the ball at the marked player who then ...

    Wall pass under pressure

    4 players with 2 balls. One player in the middle is tightly marked. One of the players with the ball passes the ball at the marked player who then ...

    Widening the Goal - Left

    - 3 active forwards and one passive defender
    - Goal is to attack down the baseline
    - Avoid entering the D on a shallow angle
    - First...

    Widening the Goal - Left

    - 3 active forwards and one passive defender
    - Goal is to attack down the baseline
    - Avoid entering the D on a shallow angle
    - First...

    Web Videos

    Ryde hockey: the defensive press

    Ryde Hockey Club Women's 1st Grade Coach John Cullen discusses the principles of the press, an important defensive structure in hockey where the defen...

    Ryde hockey - the "fall away" press

    An overview of the "fall away" press by Ryde 1st Grade Captain Alex Jones. The fall away press is an alternative defensive structure to the full press...

    Ryde hockey: outletting

    Women's 1st grade coach John Cullen discusses the principles of outletting, one of the most important strategies in modern hockey. John uses the white...

    Sessions

    Coaching the Clip Hit

    Are your range of passes limited? Do you need to get the shot away quicker? Use the clip hit to add an extra dimension to your game.

    Answers

    Community Drills

    Autosave 53247722

    Two Balls per grid,Exercise: Pass PressGoal: Get up to match speed and get our eye in. Quick, interlinking, pass and move play!

    boxed overloads

    4 x 5 meter boxes are set up on 23 line with a cone on the right corner.starting in the right hand box and with a defender and attacker already in the...

    Outletting against 1/2 court press

    A free hit within the half against a 1/2 court pressLinks and forwards to make in-out lead runs to pull the defending players out of the pass's path