Drills

1 Hand Reverse Stick Hit

category: Video-Techniques

Players can use this technique when passing or shooting at goal.

Hold the stick with your palms facing upwards and turn the stick so that th...

1 Touch Scores

category: Conditioned-Games

Set up with cones set out in a square 10m x 10m, and inside the square have two teams of three players each, and one ball between them.

The ...

1 Touch Scores

Coaches Objective: To develop players ability to make decisions prior to receiving (Pre- Scan) and make a supporting run off the b...

1 v 1 rebound

2 players lots of rebound boards spread out not all the same distance from the centre. players score apoint by passing the ball into a rebound boar...

1v1 delay defender

One player starts 5 metres away from the line, passes the ball to the player on the opposite line. Passing player has to touch behind the line befo...

2 v 1 (Right To Left)

  • Three players set up in a triangle formation, with the two attackers as the base of the triangle. The ball carrier is on the right side
  • ...

3 man passing exercise

Player 1 passes the ball to 2 who in turn passes it to 3 on the run.

Player 3 then runs round the cone anti-clockwise before passing the bal...

3 Man Weave

- Three lines
- Ball starts in the middle
- Player makes a pass and then runs behind the player they have just passed to
- Periodic ...

3 Man Weave

- Three lines
- Ball starts in the middle
- Player makes a pass and then runs behind the player they have just passed to
- Periodic ...

3 Passing

Pass the ball around in groups of three.

Before receiving the ball players must make a movement towards the approaching ball and let it roll...

Aerial Ball

Aerial pass or flick is useful when passing over distance or to try and get the ball over an opponent who is blocking your passing route.

Le...

All the Way Across

Teams of 4 try and pass the ball across the pitch as quickly as possible, not missing any players out.

Each player should at least touch the...

Attackers defending

Attacker starts with the ball gives the ball to the defender who has to try and run in possession of the ball across the 23 meter line through one ...

Change the Point of Attack

2 teams both with a ball. The object is for one of the wingers to get to the back line without being tackled. For a tackler to be released by the...

Changing the point of attack

The boards for this one can be put as far apart as you require and depending on the skill level and power of the player.

Changing the point of attack

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...

Chase Ball

Set up two teams of 3, with a ball per team in two interlocking triangles.

One of the teams starts passing the ball. The second team then pa...

Colour code

Set out lines of cones in two different colours.

One player always along the red line and the other always along the blue cones.

Play...

combination down right board

Player 1 runs with the ball through the little slalom and passes the ball to player 2 on the the half way line. this player then hook dribbles the bal...

Commit Then Pass

  • Setup as shown.
  • Player 2 runs diagonally from the right to the left hand goal, drawing the defender. The player then drags the ball across...

    Crossing - From the Left and Right

    Players in the middle pass the ball out to their respective wingers.

    The winger receives the ball, and moves down the wing to then cross th...

    Crossing

    Crossing the ball from a wide position to the opposite inside forward channel

    Defensive Transfer 2

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

    Add in passive defenders

    Deflection Left Post

    Work on player 1 starting off the move by passing out wide. Then make the lead to the left post and across the face of the goal to where the cross is...

    Disguised upright passing

    - Two lines of players
    - Use a disguised push pass to manoeuvre around the cones
    - Pass should be played at 90 degrees

    Disguised upright passing

    - Two lines of players
    - Use a disguised push pass to manoeuvre around the cones
    - Pass should be played at 90 degrees

    Distribution

    1 Player feeds and 1 player has to receive the ball and pass alternating left and right concentrating on the first touch being in the direction of the...

    Distribution under Pressure

    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...

    Drag Left to Right

    *** AUDIO DESCRIPTION ON ***

    Coaches Objective:

    To teach the player to perform a ...

    Dribble or pass? 2 vs 1

    Players work in threes in this drill, 2 attackers trying to get past the single defender and score in one of the two goals.

    The white player...

    Dribble Pass and Move

  • Setup the practice as shown.
  • Split the group into two.
  • Player 1 dribbles up to the cone before passing the ball across to player ...

    Dribble pass relay

    Player 1 starts by running with the ball to the right hand cone, keeping the ball in contact with the stick, before passing the ball to the next pl...

    Dribble then Gate Pass

    White Player 1 dribbles with the ball to the blue cone before passing the ball through the red gates.

    Red player 1 receives the ball once it...

    Escape from the Grid

    Set up a square grid 5x5m with one player in the middle and 3 players on the outside and one player passing the ball into the player in the centr...

    Far post goal

    The player on the left passes the ball into the path of the player on the right. When this player receives the ball they continue to run with with ...

    First stage receiving

    Ball each players have to stand next to the ball with the ball on the right. On the whistle the players should turn towards the ball spread their f...

    First stage receiving

    Ball each players have to stand next to the ball with the ball on the right. On the whistle the players should turn towards the ball spread their f...

    first touch

    2 players one ball.

    Player passes the ball to the other player who has to first touch the ball into a passing position on the other side of t...

    Forcing Play over to the Forehand

    All players start on the left hand side. Defence try to keep the game on their forehand. Attack try to score, dribbling and passing. First pass of ...

    Full Court Press

    The difference between the Full Press, which puts pressure on the specific areas on the pitch (wide areas in the opposition's 23m area) and the Ful...

    Gate Passing

    1 ball between 2.

    Players have to pass the ball to each other through a gate. Using a different gate each time.

    The whole group shou...

    Hook Dribble

    Player 1 runs with the ball through the little slalom and passes the ball to player 2 on the left hand board. Player 2 turns with the ball in field an...

    In and Out Running

    The feeders on the half way line pass to the players higher up the field on the wings.

    The wing players must cut inside and then out to rece...

    Interception

    Two lines of players with 1 ball per grid.

    Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 who runs to the opposite cone. Player 3 makes their intercep...

    Interception

    Two lines of players with 1 ball per grid.

    Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 who runs to the opposite cone. Player 3 makes their intercep...

    Kabadi

    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...

    Kabadi

    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...

    Keep your distance

    4 Players have to pass the ball around the outside of a square of cones in any direction.

    After a few minutes remove the cones. The players ...

    Keep your distance

    4 Players have to pass the ball around the outside of a square of cones in any direction.

    After a few minutes remove the cones. The players ...

    Left Right Receive

    Passing the ball between the cones.
    player 2 receives the ball on his / her open stick side.
    It is important to use correct footwork.

    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...

    Multiple Goal Game

    Multiple goals

    4 - 5 goals on the pitch, two teams.

    Teams score a goal by passing through the goal to a player on their team.

    Pla...

    One touch pass on the move

    Players work in pairs with one ball.

    They have to pass between each set of cones and can only use one touch passing.

    One touch passing across the river

    Working in pairs players have to play 1 touch passes across the river (2 lines of cones about 2 meters apart).

    If one of the players touch...

    Open play short corner

    Set up as shown in the picture. The ball is pushed out towards the top of the circle, but on this occasion the stopper dummies to stop the ball bu...

    Open stick pick up

    Practising the continous pick up with the open stick, a player will pass the ball off the board, with the receiver taking it and dribbling forward ...

    Outletting

    create forward passes by transferring the ball

    The 3 blue players are trying to pass the ball through one of the 3 goals in the middle of the area ...

    Pass and follow exercise

    This exercise is to teach players to run on to a ball passed into space. The ball, when played down the right wing, has to be received by the players ...

    Pass and Receive - Moving the ball

    Starting on the halfway line, player A dribbles towards the 'defender' (the first line of cones). Player A must use the pull-back and pass diagonal...

    Pass And Receive - Moving The Ball

    Starting on the halfway line, player A dribbles towards the 'defender' (the first line of cones). Player A must use the pull-back and pass diagonal...

    Pass and Receive - Moving the ball

    Starting on the halfway line, player A dribbles towards the 'defender' (the first line of cones). Player A must use the pull-back and pass diagonal...

    Pass and score

    Players line up in two groups outside the 23 metre area.
    Player on the left, passes the ball to a player on the right running towards the go...

    Pass and score

    Players line up in two groups outside the 23 metre area.
    Player on the left, passes the ball to a player on the right running towards the go...

    Pass and switch positions

    The player without the ball (player 2) runs towards the opposite cone and communicates to their partner that they are ready to receive the ball.

    Pass and switch positions

    The player without the ball (player 2) runs towards the opposite cone and communicates to their partner that they are ready to receive the ball.

    Pass to player behind the defender

    The defender is only allowed to defend inside the zone. The 2 outside players can choose to pass from outside or inside the zone.

    The 2 play...

    pass to reverse into 2 goals

    Set up 2 goals 5 metre wide and 10 m apart
    2 player passing the ball to each others reverse stick side pull the ball to the forehand to pass ...

    Passing across the river

    Working in pairs players have to work their way down the cones, passing across the river (2 lines of cones about 2 meters apart).

    The playe...

    Passing and receiving on the move

    Split the group into two.

    Player 1 dribbles up to the cone before passing the ball across to player 2.

    Players have to make sure that...

    Passing around the gates

  • 2 players, 1 ball.
  • Each player should stand 1m behind the gate.
  • Player 1 passes the ball to Player 2.
  • Player 2 controls t...

  • Passing from left to right in pairs

    Players in pairs run along the length of one side and pass the ball from left to right by pulling the ball back and moving their feet around the ba...

    Passing lines - Switch the ball

    The wide player passes the ball to the supporting player who then passes the ball wide, missing out the other central player.

    This practice ...

    Passing lines to switch the ball

    Pass the ball to the supporting player who then passes the ball wide missing out the other central player.

    The practice can be done with 2 b...

    Passing off the right foot

    - Passing off of the right foot
    - Open body up
    - 'Jump' into pass
    - Doesn't allow the defender to set themselves

    Passing on the move and score

    This is a great practice for players to practice passin and receiving on the move.

    Set out 2 lines or cones about 5 meters apart in both dir...

    Passing on the move and score

    This is a great practice for players to practice passin and receiving on the move.

    Set out 2 lines or cones about 5 meters apart in both dir...

    PAssing pattern

    Player 1 runs around the cone and receives the ball from the opposite wing (2). After receiving the ball, player 1 plays a DOUBLE wall pass with o...

    Passing patterns

    In this you set out 2 colours of cones. Player 1 after having passed the ball will run to the red cones and player 2 will run from blue to blue.

    Passing relays

    The inside team (white) pass the ball around the outside of the small square.

    At the same time the blue team on the large square are running...

    Passing Relays

    Passing ball around the outside of the cones. While another team is running a relay around the outside square. How many passes can the passing team d...

    Passing relays

    The inside team (white) pass the ball around the outside of the small square.

    At the same time the blue team on the large square are running...

    Passing right to left in pairs

    Players in pairs run along the length of one side and pass the ball from right to left on the move to the other player.

    The player receiving...

    Passing Round Hoops

    Using the plastic hoola hoops place them around the pitch. Players get in groups of 3 and pass a ball around the putside of the hoops.

    Passing the ball out from the back

    4 players spread the ball round the back standing in defensive formation by their cone.

    The players pass and receive the ball, moving it fro...

    Passing through a line of defence

    Create 2 end zones either side of a line. 2 players are in each end zone and 2 defenders on the line.

    The players in the end zones can pass ...

    Passing with 2 players in a square

    Player 1 starts dribbling the first ball across the square, in the middle they pass (push) the ball to player 2 and carry on running across. Players 3...

    Passing with Decision Making

  • Setup the practice as shown with cones 5m, 10m and 15m away.
  • Split the group into pairs.
  • Player 1 remains behind the line while pla...

    Penalty Corner Injection

    - Restart at a penalty corner
    - Very important that the ball goes exactly where desired so the routine can run smoothly

    Penalty Corner Injection

    - Restart at a penalty corner
    - Very important that the ball goes exactly where desired so the routine can run smoothly

    Penalty Corner Injection

    - Restart at a penalty corner
    - Very important that the ball goes exactly where desired so the routine can run smoothly

    Penalty Corner Injection

    - Restart at a penalty corner
    - Very important that the ball goes exactly where desired so the routine can run smoothly

    positional unit play

    Start by putting your players in their position on half a pitch. (whateve the formation you want to play.)

    Give one of the players a ball a...

    Post Up and Overlap (2v1)

    - Playing a 2 on 1 in a narrow area

    - Looking to post hard towards the player and turn strong

    - Player making the initial pass should...

    Post Up and Overlap (2v1)

    - Playing a 2 on 1 in a narrow area

    - Looking to post hard towards the player and turn strong

    - Player making the initial pass should...

    Push Pass

    *** AUDIO DESCRIPTION ON ***

    Objective: To be able to complete an accura...

    Quick Shot Relay

    The practice starts with the first red player dribbling their ball to the goal line before passing the ball back to the player who is on the pena...

    Random blocks

    Place as many rebound blocks as you have around the D. Players with a ball each run around play as many pass and receives with any rebound board.

    Receive Back

    Practice starts with player 3 passing the ball to player 2. Who in turn passes the ball to player 1.
    Player 3 has run towards the top of the ...

    Receiving the ball on the move

    1 - when receiving the ball on the forehand, the player should let the ball role passed the right foot, then continue the run, then pass back the b...

    Recieving ball fom behind

    In pairs one ball between 2. Players run up and down between cones or lines player behind passing the ball to the one infront and then change direc...

    Relays: Push Pass

    - Two groups
    - Practice push pass off both feet
    - Dribble with the ball, then pass on the move
    - Strongside to Strongside passes

    Relays: Push Pass

    - Two groups
    - Practice push pass off both feet
    - Dribble with the ball, then pass on the move
    - Strongside to Strongside passes

    Relays: Push Pass

    - Two groups
    - Practice push pass off both feet
    - Dribble with the ball, then pass on the move
    - Strongside to Strongside passes

    Relays: Push Pass

    - Two groups
    - Practice push pass off both feet
    - Dribble with the ball, then pass on the move
    - Strongside to Strongside passes

    Reverse stick drag relay

  • Setup the practice as shown.
  • Player 1 runs at the left cone and then drags the ball across their body from their reverse stick side to thei...

    Reverse stick drag relay

  • Setup the practice as shown.
  • Player 1 runs at the left cone and then drags the ball across their body from their reverse stick side to thei...

    Reverse stick hit

    Players can use this technique when passing or shooting at goal.

    Hold the stick with your palms facing upwards and turn the stick so that th...

    Reverse stick hit

    Players can use this technique when passing or shooting at goal.

    Hold the stick with your palms facing upwards and turn the stick so that th...

    Reverse stick hit

    Players can use this technique when passing or shooting at goal.

    Hold the stick with your palms facing upwards and turn the stick so that th...

    Reverse stick shimmy

    Players can use this technique when passing or shooting at goal.

    Hold the stick with your palms facing upwards and turn the stick so that th...

    Run Around

    After one of the players has passed the ball to the player next to them, they have to run all the way around to try and get back to their place bef...

    run out to receive and pass on

    Players start on small square and run out to the corner of the bigger square to receive the ball.

    After having received the ball and having ...

    Run, pass and sweep

    This is a pass and follow exercise with 3 different elements that helps players with fast passing - particularly important when trying to score in ...

    Running relay

    3 Players with one ball between them.

    To start just play a simple pass and then follow the ball to the back of the queue.

    As your pla...

    Score till you drop

    Place some rebound blocks around the D facing the goal.

    The Player in the middle has to start by passing the ball into any rebound block and...

    Scoring from the spot

    Players run to the byline with the ball pass it to the Pspot for a player to shoot first time (sweep). Passing player pass and follow.

    Alter...

    Self Pass - Getting the ball wide

    This is a basic practice to help teach players a simple pattern to get the ball out of the back.

    Gold players start with a sideline hit and ...

    self pass relay

    Players run into the triangle stop the ball by the cone.

    Player the should take a self pass by pulling the ball back away from the cone befo...

    Self Pass to create 2 vs 1

    2 v 1 with depth.

    Blue player starts with a self pass and runs at the defender with the option of then passing the ball to the deep player o...

    Self Pass to create 2 vs 1

    2 v 1 with depth.

    Blue player starts with a self pass and runs at the defender with the option of then passing the ball to the deep player o...

    Shooting

    Player 1 feeds player 2 on the run in the grid.

    Player 2 then feeds player 3 on the run in the grid.

    Player 3 then plays a wall pass ...

    Skills - One Touch Plays

    Drill to develop one-touch passing. Emphasis should be on generating power with one touch passing. Make use of the sideboards.

    Support and Swap

    The team with the ball must try and keep possession of the ball. Only 2 players from each team are allowed to be inside the area.

    1 player...

    Sweep far post

    Player 2 passes the ball to player 1. Player 1 then passes the ball into the goal with a slap hit. Player 2 follows his/her pass and takes the positio...

    Sweep far post

    Player 2 passes the ball to player 1. Player 1 then passes the ball into the goal with a slap hit. Player 2 follows his/her pass and takes the po...

    Switch and Pass

    Player 1 dribbles the ball across the square, forcing player 2 to also switch in order to receive the square pass from player 1.

    Player 2 th...

    Switch and Pass with drop off

    Player 1 starts the drill by passing to player 2. On receiving the pass player 2 runs with the ball towards the next cone on the opposite side.

    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...

    switch quick passing attack

    Player 2 and 3 play fast passes while running towards the circle. Player 3 suddenly makes a long pass to player 1, who should take the shot. Player...

    Switching the ball

  • Setup the practice as shown.
  • Split the group into two.
  • Player 1 dribbles up to the cone before passing the ball across to p...

    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...

    The German

    Players must set up as shown in the diagram. The ball is pushed out to the stopper at the top of the circle. The striker (Blue 3) picks up the bal...

    Three man weave

    Player 2 passes the ball to player 3(A).Player 3 receives the ball and runs infield with the ball allowing player 2 to run round the outside to ove...

    Through Pass

    4 players have to try and play the ball from one side of the area to the other by passing it between or around the 2 players in the middle area. 5...

    Triangle passing

    The triangle has sides of 1 metre in length.

    Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 . The receiver has to 1st touch the ball to one of the sid...

    Two or Three Touch Game

    Players play a normal game of hockey with the added rule that the players are only allowed to touch the ball 2 or 3 times.

    Two player square passing

    Moving back and forth between two cones players make straight and diagonal passes to each other while moving.

    Two player square passing

    Moving back and forth between two cones players make straight and diagonal passes to each other while moving.

    Up and down passing comp

    set out 4 5 by 5 metre squares with cones with a 5 m space between the squares.

    Players in pairs with 1 ball between them.

    players al...

    Via Support

    3 Players with a ball are trying to get one of the wide players across the goal line by passing the ball via the support player. The defending play...

    Web Videos

    England hockey: passing tips

    This is an excellent series of coaching videos produced by England Hockey to help players develop their skills. Want to see more? Just subscribe! Enjo...

    Sessions

    First stick and ball session!

    Your season starts now! You?ve been doing your fitness work but now it?s time to get a stick in your hands and start working on the basics with this s...

    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.

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    Community Drills

    Autosave 64355664

    4 v 4 4 Goal GameScore through any of the goals by passing the ball to a teammate on the opposite side of the goal.

    hour glass pass

    Passing drill with two balls, where passes go in multiple directions.Quick passing and intensity is essential

    Mobile push passing to left /right

    Exercise A : teach mobile straight push, focus on ball at back foot + no sound* divide the 8 players over 4 corners.* with 8 pp use 4 balls. With...

    3 v keeper

    P1 cuts around cone to recieve ball from coach pile then turns around to take ball in to shoot. P2 & P3 are looking to support P1 and give passing...

    Recap- Passing

    Pass and move.Players spread out inside the area with a ball. The other players without a ball move around recieving a pass then passing it back befor...

    2 v 0 - Square and through passing

    Red attacker always passes the ball square. Blue attacker always passes the ball through.After passing - move at speed on an angle to get to next...

    Passing in Pairs

    Basic warm up to get hand eye coordination going.First touch focusPosting UpBall Speed

    Bounce Pass (RH)

    Working on passing and recieveing on the move on the right hand side.Constant MovementPassing on the MoveRecieving on the MoveFirst Touch