Field Hockey: press

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Difference between full and ha...

Please can you explain the difference in the full court press press and the half court press

Carole Quill Coach, England

Getting out of High Press | Sp...

What are the best things to get your players to do when you come up against a full press / 3/4 press, anything that's putting a lot of pressure on high up the pitch?

Simon Lowry Coach, Ireland

Field Hockey - Half field press. - Help

Can anyone provide me ideas on how to combat a half field press in hockey?

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tell me about the half press and what condions i can use it?

tell me about the half press and what condions i can use it?

kashif kashifyaqoob Coach, Pakistan

What are the main principles of pressing to gain possession?

What are the main principles of pressing to gain possession?

angie boran Coach, Ireland

Anyone got a drill for teaching how to defend aainst?

Anyone got a drill for teaching how to defend against a full or 2/3 press?

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Would anybody like to give me a diagram of 3/4 press and half court please ?

Simon Lowry Coach, Ireland

new indoor 5 v 5 format?

Does any one have any ideas on structure for the new 5 v 5 indoor format?

Lisa Nay Coach, Australia

How to coach school team with novices and experienced players?

Hi,I perhaps naively, expected to have most of our team from last year carry over and only have a few new comers to integrate and get up to speed with the rest. However meeting the team at our first practice last night i find I have five players still at school from last year and the rest all new comers, most of whom had not held a hockey stick at all till practice.This being only my second season coaching (year 9 to year 13 boys) has left me feeling a little blindsided, and feeling quite unsure how to prepare practices that target both groups of boys. Do i lump them both groups together, keep them separate? What drills/exercises to best bring the new comers up to speed.I don't want to neglect either group, keep practice worthwhile for the experienced boys, but also bringing the new comers up to a level were they can mix in with the others and learn organically from them while practicing as a team. David

David Smith Coach, New Zealand

Pressing for HS? Resources to teach press?

What kind of defensive presses do you all run for highshoolers? And is there a resource that will make it easier to teach to them? We play a 4-4-3 with 2 sitters in the midline. I’m used to a Fall Away Press, but am having a hard time teaching it. Asked using Sportplan Mobile App

Misty Brady Coach, United States of America

How to play hulf press

how to play half press and full press

Ritu Khanom Coach, Bangladesh

left mid job in defending a high press

what is the positioning and tips to no left them through the centre by heading to the lineand them cutting in

Rachel Sweetnam Coach, Northern Ireland

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

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

Pressing...Half court press - ...

Pressing...Half court press - full court press...please can you de - mystify/clarify.

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Outletting against a half cour...

overlapping outside halves ? or drop Midfield in hole?

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Full court, half court and 3/4...

Hi all, thank you for taking the time to read my question. I was hoping for some clarity around 'presses'Pressing oppositions 16- Full press3/4 pressHalf courtWhat are the pro's and cons offensively of each and in what situation would you suggest using each?

Joel Forrester Coach, England

What's the best way to teach c...

I'm looking for a simple and basic way to teach and encourage children to press. Asked using Sportplan Mobile App

Ryan Schutte Coach, South Africa

How should my team react when ...

How should a women team,that cannot use the scoup or an overhead,do when the oposit uses a full press at a 16yd hit??Thank you...

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Defensive court pressing issue...

My team is undefeated but I am only utilizing the full court press. Does anyone one know a different press or how to modify it better?

Brad Metzer Coach, South Africa
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