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what was the basic skills in teaching hockey?

what was the basic skills in teaching hockey for the students

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Individual drills for players to do outside of team?

Individual drills for players to do outside of team training times to improve their ball feel and control etc.

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are the new hockey rules ie hitting into the d direct?

are the new hockey rules ie hitting into the d direct from a free hit being applied to junior hockey

Grant Homann Coach, England

Please tell me about strong pass

My team's players don't have strong pass. So our pass is hard to arrive for FW. Please tell me way to pass (push, sweep, hit) strong.

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What are the basics that need to change when taking?

What are the basics that need to change when taking a team from playing on grass fields to playing on astro turf??? Malcolm in SA

Malcolm Dunkeld Coach, South Africa

This question is specific to juniors. I feel strongly?

This question is specific to juniors. I feel strongly that the basics such as hitting cleanly and accurately should be concentrated upon but I am anxious that repeated practice can make this dull. Do you have fun sessions to ensure the basics are practiced but a sense of competition and fun is retained?

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How to lob/chip in a hockey shot?

im twelve, i play for my school team and i am going for a trial at southgate hockey. I  play up front, and i can shoot pretty well but i cant lift it over the keeper. any tips would be much appreiciated

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Does anyone know some simple drills to coach hitting?

Does anyone know some simple drills to coach hitting on the move to young people.

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Ever heard of Browning sticks?

Has anyone wver heard of Browning sticks? Can't find any info on the web about them other than in a couple of chat threads. There are a flood of cheap sticks on Ebay/Amazon and generally excellent reviews, but I am a bit suspect as to where they are coming from. Only other Browning I have heard of is the Gun manufacturer, and certainly don't want to support them!

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Right-Wing Position

My daughter plays U13 hockey in the position of right wing.She gets different advice from her school coach and her club coach.I want to make sure that she is getting the right advice as she is passionate about her hockey. Firstly, exactly what is the full function of a right wing at this level of hockey (she will be going to U15 club hockey and U14 school hockey next season) She has a good understanding of the game and appears to me to read it well (I only played school level many years ago and things change) When her team is in the offensive position in the “D” she mostly waits at goal post to deflect ball into goal.  She appears to not be involved.  Comments from spectators have been made as to why she just stands there. There is a very skilled player in her team who hits the ball EXTREMELY hard.  I believe that at this level of hockey these extremely hard hits/passes do not achieve anything, they just keep going out. However, please can you advise on how to stop and control these very hard passes (that is if one can get to them) in order to move on with the game. Lastly, can you send some drills/exercises to get her eye in as well as positioning her body correctly for goal shooting.  The “hard hitter” and my daughter seem to be the main goal shooters of the team. Many thanks Lynne

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Balance of player when taking shots at goal

Hi All. I am coaching a senior ladies side this year and have one player, who is a provincial player, that after practically every second shot at goal she is flat on the turf. She is extremely fast and very accurate with her shots but has more turf roasties than skin on her knees and elbows. Thanks. Bev

Bev Koch Coach, South Africa

How do you hit a reverse stick shot/pass?

In field hockey, how do you hit a tomahawk flat and accurately?

sarah taylor Coach, Northern Ireland

drives going high causing penalty

i have some strong hitters but lately have gotten into a habit of hitting ball high and causing a penalty. looking for ideas to correct this. any help would be great.

Ed kolnaski Coach, United States of America

diagonally passing in field hockey

I want video regarding diagonally passing in field hockey

Sukhmanpreet Coach, United States of America

Hockey5s -v- Indoor Drills

I am just starting to get into the Hockey5s coaching space and was wondering if there is a general thought around the adptability of the 'indoor' drills and concepts as the basis of a 5s training session?

Mark Bridge Coach, Australia

Goal shooting

Can I please have drills to help with shooting goals? We actually play on grass fields (u/13A girls)

Annelie Smith Coach, South Africa

Midfield positioning on 16yd h...

hi there I'm using 4-4-2 and on sometimes 3-1-4-2 with a lower level hockey team.I've chosen this over other formations, simply because the hockey experience and ability of my players is not of a high level (and most people have an approximate understanding of 442). Also, I believe that one must choose a formation based on players traits and what they can deliver. For example, I'd ideally prefer to have 3 forwards, to help with more height and width but then would have to either play 3 in the middle or 3 at the back... and my player strengths don't permit this. In short, I simply don't believe I have a strong enough CH / CM to handle 3 in the middle and I'm not convinced that the off-the-ball support from other players is strong enough to allow 3 in the middle. OFFENSIVE PLAYS Anyway, I'm not 100% where to get my centre mids to stand when we have a 16 yd hit to take (i.e. our possession). Obviously one of the CMs comes deep to offer a potential direct outlet from the centre backs or offer an overload option if the ball goes out to the sides (which is more likely, since I've pretty much banned the high risk play of releasing up the middle - we've had far too many turnovers in our final third or quarter because we tried to play up the middle). My players are 'aware' of posting up and leading runs. However, I'm not sure about the 2nd CM. On the one hand I'd ideally like the 2nd CM to come deep as well, in order to potentially help break up the opposition press but by doing so, I distort the midfield and if we do manage to get the ball to one of the CMs, he won't have the 2nd CM in a higher position to release to, etc. DEFENSIVE POSITIONING Can someone suggest, again, about midfield positioning using 4-4-2 or 3-1-4-2, when we are setting up a general press? I have traditionally encouraged man marking, simply because our general positional awareness is weak (which makes zonal play a no-no IMO) + our tracking and attitude to committed defending (i.e. you don’t give up if one tackle fails) could be better! However, looking at suggested presses on Sportplan, some zonal positioning seems a necessity and I think if I can help my players make the step, success will come because they've been forced to become more aware of their pitch positioning, etc. Also, looking at some of the presses, it looks like the midfield can go 'flat' to create a barrier... and as I encourage a diamond shape in midfield, I need to explain to my players what to do and when. Sorry for the wordy question. I hope this all makes sense. Regards, Gary

Gary Thompson Coach, England

teaching presses on free hits ...

Hi allI am looking for advice on how to implement processes in my girls school hockey team. processes of setting up presses, defensive structures and counter attacking thinking. I have 14 players in the team from 15 years old to 18. we train twice a week. only a few play club hockey as well. We either play a 3-1-4-2 or a 3-1-3-3.I find it difficult for example, when you want to teach a press on the opposition 16, to simulate gameplay with only 14 players (if they are all at training). I can have my halves setup for taking the 16 and then get my strikers and links to setup, but then I still want defenders to see things from the back but they are taking the 16? Also when taking the 16 they then don't have any support in the drill because everyone else is setting up a press?I know we need to work on our basics in order for the other tactics and skills and game plans to work. However I find it frustrating with this team that on counter attacks for a few reasons which I am struggling to mend;- they only head forward. No one holds up the ball to wait for support.- they run straight and don't use angles- they pass too late and get tackled - they don't have the vision to see an early pass or pass into space- players without the ball do not run into useful positions and angles and get caught out by the person with the ball who then makes a pass to no one and it runs out of play.So suggestions please for;- open, creative but simple counter attacking- teaching processes for presses on free hits and 16s- coaching how to take 16s and work your way out- coaching vision and expecting your players to be in support. RegardsMatt

Matthew Lydall Coach, South Africa

claiming fouls by hitting the ...

if a player in possession of the ball intentionally hits the ball at the foot of the opposing player in order to slow down the game or for any other advantage is it permissible,what if the same scenario occurs in the shooting circle.

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How do you hit a reverse stick...

In field hockey, how do you hit a tomahawk flat and accurately?

sarah taylor Coach, Northern Ireland
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