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Bola Machine Drills

The world renowned hockey BOLA machine has been specially adapted to fulfil a wide range of Hockey training needs following extensive consultation and...

Passing & Receiving Drills

Passing and receiving are fundamental skills in the game of field hockey and determine the success of your team. The best teams make the ball do the w...

Drills

Receiving The Ball From Behind On The Move

category: Movement-off-the-ball

Hockey Receiving the ball from behind on the move Movement off the ball Basic grip Scan Let the ball run past body Angle stick to control the ball sc...

Left Right Receive

category: Passing-Receiving

Hockey Left Right Receive Passing & Receiving Passing the ball between the cones. player 2 receives the ball on his / her open stick side. It is impo...

Box Bandit: Fluid Small Unit Play

category: Passing-Receiving

Hockey Box Bandit: Fluid Small Unit Play Passing & Receiving - 5 yard square - 3 forwards and 2 defenders - Forwards must stay on the outside of the ...

Dribble Pass And Run

category: Passing-Receiving

Hockey Dribble pass and run Passing & Receiving Player 1 starts dribbling, player 4 makes a move to the right/left and there is a short wallpass betw...

1 Touch Scores

category: z-Pre-Scan

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 (With A Gk)

category: Defending-Skills

The goalkeeper passes the ball to player 2 who on receiving the ball has to try and score a goal. As soon as they receive the ball the defender is ...

1 V 1 Positional Practice

category: Eliminating-a-Player

For instance a Right wing (RW) on receiving the ball has to try and beat the Left Defender (LD) to try and get a short corner or score a goal. The ...

1V1 Defence In Box

category: Eliminating-a-Player

The front player in the cones is the attacker and they have to move around to create some space for themselves. They then receive the ball from the...

1V1 Delay Defender

category: Eliminating-a-Player

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...

1V1 Left Right Attack

category: Eliminating-a-Player

Player 1 passes the ball to player 2, player 2 has to try and score.

The defender has to start 5 to 10m away from a cone. They have to ...

2 Vs 1

category: Movement-off-the-ball

The player with the ball passes the ball square to the other attacking player. Upon receiving the ball player 2 runs laterally across the defender,...

2 Vs 1

category: Scoring-on-the-break

The player with the ball passes the ball square to the other attacking player. Upon receiving the ball player 2 runs laterally across the defender,...

3 Passing

category: Passing-Receiving

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 Pass: Receiving

category: Passing-Receiving

- Receiving the aerial pass
- The body should be put behind the ball
- Ball should be taken on the head of the stick
- Once the init...

Aerial Pass: Receiving

- Receiving the aerial pass
- The body should be put behind the ball
- Ball should be taken on the head of the stick
- Once the init...

Aerial Receive

category: Passing-Receiving

The receiving player should try and adjust his/her position so the ball can be received at chest heightTry and first touch the ball in to the forehan...

Attack Against Defence 6 V 3

category: Overload-situations

With the exercise starting with a pass from the left midfield to the left wing. Defenders have to start in the circle each new attack.
The attacker...

Attackers Defending

category: Defending-Skills

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 ...

Attacking From The Back

category: Game-related

Team 1 has to pass the ball around the back and never miss out more than 1 player.

Whenever the ball is received by one of the wide players ...

Changing The Point Of Attack

category: Rebound-Blocks

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.

Continous Reverse Turn And Support

category: Possession

Player runs with the ball towards the first cone (pretend defender) The player reverse turns and passe the ball to the support player. the support ...

Creating 2 V 1

category: Overload-situations

Player 1 passes the ball back to the supporting player. Player 1 then runs in the opposite direction to which he/she wants to receive the ball. The...

Creating 2 V 1

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Player 1 passes the ball back to the supporting player. Player 1 then runs in the opposite direction to which he/she wants to receive the ball. The...

Creating Scoring Chances - 3 V 1

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Player CF feeds the ball to RW through the area. On receiving the ball the RW takes the ball to the back line, (as soon as the ball has passed through...

Creating Scoring Chances - 3 V 2

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Player CF feeds the ball to RW through the area. On receiving the ball the RW takes the ball to the back line, (as soon as the ball has passed through...

Cros Top And Cross Deep

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Player 1 passes the ball to the player at the top of the circle, who receives the ball and shoots at goal.

Then player 2 passes the ball...

Crossing - From The Left And Right

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

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...

Defending 3 V 2

category: Defending-Skills

Players from the 23 metre line pass the ball to two players in the goal.
These two players, on receiving the ball, can try to run and pass the...

Defending In Pairs

category: Defending-Skills

Players from the 23 metre line pass the ball to a player in the goal.
This player, on receiving the ball, can try to run the ball, under control, o...

Disguised Pass To The Left

category: Video-Techniques

  • Adopt a 'ski position' in possession allowing vision of the ball and the receiving players
  • Look at Player 1 "visual dummy"...

Disguised Pass To The Right

category: Video-Techniques

  • Adopt a ski position' in possession allowing vision of the ball and the receiving players
  • Look at Player 2 "visual dummy" ...

Disguised Upright Passing

category: Eliminating-a-Player

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

Distribution

category: Passing-Receiving

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

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...

Don'T Dive In!

category: Defending-Skills

Players on the 23 metre line pass the ball to a player in the goal.
This player, on receiving the ball can try to run the ball under control o...

Draw Defence And Pass

category: Self-Pass

The player on the free hits starts to move to try and draw the defender to come out. As soon as the defender moves towards the ball the player pass...

Draw Defence And Pass

category: Set-Pieces

The player on the free hits starts to move to try and draw the defender to come out. As soon as the defender moves towards the ball the player pass...

Elimination Skills: Wall Pass Left

category: Eliminating-a-Player

- Line of players one end
- One passive defender in the middle
- One forward team mate a few yards offset from the de...

Escape From The Grid

category: Passing-Receiving

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...

Escape Through The Gate (Ball From The Left)

category: Moving-with-the-ball

The defender runs through one of the two gates and attempts to tackle the ball carrier. The defender may only close down after the passer has round...

Escape Through The Gate (Ball From The Left)

category: Passing-Receiving

The defender runs through one of the two gates and attempts to tackle the ball carrier. The defender may only close down after the passer has round...

Escape Through The Gate On The Angle

category: Moving-with-the-ball

- Passing and Receiving the ball on the 45 (degree)
- Moving the ball into space
- A feeder moves forward, passing the ball into a static...

Escape Through The Gate On The Angle

category: Passing-Receiving

- Passing and Receiving the ball on the 45 (degree)
- Moving the ball into space
- A feeder moves forward, passing the ball into a static...

First Stage Receiving

category: Session-Videos

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

category: Changing-direction

- Picking the ball up on the move
- Receiving the ball on the strongside
- Changing direction from original post

First Touch

category: Passing-Receiving

- Picking the ball up on the move
- Receiving the ball on the strongside
- Changing direction from original post

First Touch

- Picking the ball up on the move
- Receiving the ball on the strongside
- Changing direction from original post

Free Hit Forehand Add

category: Self-Pass

Player on the ball waits for the player in the D to make a move with their stick outside the D for them to pass the ball hard onto the stick.

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Free Hit Forehand Add

category: Set-Pieces

Player on the ball waits for the player in the D to make a move with their stick outside the D for them to pass the ball hard onto the stick.

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From Left To Right

category: Passing-Receiving

2 Players transfer the ball from left to right at the same time. IMPORTANT to receive the ball from the player on the left he/she should move closer ...

High Speed Ball Circulation

category: Passing-Receiving

Good pile of balls placed with outside halves (2 and 3) who initiate each new movement.

Player 3 plays the ball to 1 who slaps the ball at pa...

Individual Ball Control

category: Rebound-Blocks

1 player 1 board each.

Reboun board can be turned to rebound the ball back high or low.(in the video the player on the left is receiving reb...

Lead And Receive

category: Video-Techniques

- Leading towards and then away from a pass, receiving the ball on the open side

Leading - Receiving And Ball Carrying

category: Passing-Receiving

Technical Emphasis
1) Side on position when receiving from behind so that both you and the passer can see where the defender is, and make appr...

Leading, Receiving And Ball Carrying

category: Passing-Receiving

Technical Emphasis
1) Side on position when receiving from behind so that both you and the passer can see where the defender is, and make appr...

Leading, Receiving And Ball Carrying.

category: Skill-Circuit

Player 1 (P1) Dribbles through the cones and passes to P2 who moves towards the cone to receive the pass.

P2 then passes to P3 who moves tow...

Learning To Defend An Overload Situation

category: Overload-situations

Player on half way line passes the ball to nearest attacker, who, on receiving the ball will try to score a goal with the other attacker - 2v1. Th...

Learning To Exploit The Overload

category: Overload-situations

Player on half way line passes the ball to nearest attacker, who, on receiving the ball will try to score a goal with the other attacker - 2v1. Th...

Make Space

category: Movement-off-the-ball

The worker player makes a run around the outside of the channel.

The passer times their pass so that the worker player can run onto the ball...

Moving Ahead Of The Ball

category: Movement-off-the-ball

Pass and follow. Player 1 passes the ball to player 2.

The third player must run one way and then back again through the cones before receiv...

Pass + Follow Circle

category: Passing-Receiving

Players pass and follow the ball to any other player in the circle.

Pass Across The Top Of Circle To Score

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Blue player 1 runs around the cone and receives the ball from Red player 1 as they reach the cone, before entering the circle and shooting at goal....

Pass And Follow Exercise

category: Passing-Receiving

A simple pass and follow is to put out some cones at random on the pitch. Have a player without a ball by each cone and the rest of the players at the...

Pass And Follow Exercise

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

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 Follow

category: Indoor-Hockey

Player 1 runs with the ball through the little slalom and passes the ball to player 2
Player 2 hook dribbles and has to make a decision to pas...

Pass And Follow

category: Warm-up-Games

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 And Receive Static Wall

category: Passing-Receiving

Split your group in half. The white team each has a ball. The blue team position themselves evenly around the coned area and remain static.

Pass And Score

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

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

category: Warm-up-Games

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 Past The Defender

category: Overload-situations

The player with the ball runs around the cone before then trying to pass the ball to the player standing behind the defender.

To get the bal...

Pass Past The Defender

category: Self-Pass

The player with the ball runs around the cone before then trying to pass the ball to the player standing behind the defender.

To get the bal...

Pass To Score Pattern

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

4 players position themselves in the circle, one in each zone. A player from the top of the circle passes the ball to any of the players in the cir...

Passing And Receiving On The Move

category: Passing-Receiving

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 Lines - Switch The Ball

category: Defending-Skills

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

This practice ...

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 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

category: Passing-Receiving

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

category: Game-related

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 Right To Left In Pairs

category: Passing-Receiving

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...

Push Pass: Give And Receive

category: Passing-Receiving

- Practice giving and receiving the push pass
- Beginning to lead in and out of the pass

Push Pass: Give And Receive

category: Practices-For-Juniors

- Practice giving and receiving the push pass
- Beginning to lead in and out of the pass

Quick Shot Relay

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

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...

Quick Shot

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

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 ...

React To Defender

category: Session-Videos

Player runs with the ball the side and has to pass the ball to a player on the right. The player receiving has to receive the ball to the opposite ...

React To Defender

category: Session-Videos

Player runs with the ball the side and has to pass the ball to a player on the right. The player receiving has to receive the ball to the opposite ...

Receive And Dribble Fitness

category: Passing-Receiving

Player without the ball receives the ball from one of the players and runs with it around the far cone and passes the ball back. He/she then receives...

Receive And Score On The Move

category: Session-Videos

A player starts to run towards the 23 metre line (a). The running player has to call for one of the other players to pass the ball (b), on receivi...

Receive And Score On The Move

category: Session-Videos

A player starts to run towards the 23 meter line, the running player has to call for one of the other players to pass the ball, on receiving the ba...

Receive and score on the move

A player starts to run towards the 23 meter line, the running player has to call for one of the other players to pass the ball, on receiving the ba...

Receive and score on the move

A player starts to run towards the 23 metre line (a). The running player has to call for one of the other players to pass the ball (b), on receivi...

Receive reverse on the move

2 Balls Players in the middle receive the ball on the reverse pass the ball on to the next player to then receiving the same ball back again on the...

Receiving aerial

- Receiving the aerial pass
- The body should be put behind the ball
- Ball should be taken on the head of the stick
- Once the init...

receiving high ball

- Receiving the aerial pass
- The body should be put behind the ball
- Ball should be taken on the head of the stick
- Once the init...

Receiving On The Forehand

Receive ball in front of the right foot with weight on right foot in order to pass ball in either direction.

Eyes should watch the ball ont...

Receiving On The Forehand

Receive ball in front of the right foot with weight on right foot in order to pass ball in either direction.

Eyes should watch the ball ont...

Receiving On The Forehand

Receive ball in front of the right foot with weight on right foot in order to pass ball in either direction.

Eyes should watch the ball ont...

Receiving on the move

Player runs away from the line to then turn and receive the ball on the reverse stick side and run to the line and turn

Receiving the ball from behind

First player runs towards the channel of cones. Next player in the line passes the ball to the running player inside the channel.
The player ...

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...

Receiving the ball to score

Two touch receive the ball with the forehand first touch the ball in a position from wich the player can continue to have a quick flick at goal.

Receiving the ball to score

Two touch receive the ball with the forehand first touch the ball in a position from wich the player can continue to have a quick flick at goal.

Receiving the high ball

Angle the rebound blocks so the ball returns high.

The player should stand quite far away so they can hit a full shot to receive back a high...

Reverse Aerial Receipt and Go

- Receiving the aerial ball on the reverse side

- Looking to cushion the ball onto the back foot, and drag the ball across the body

...

Reverse side defending

Players from the side of the area, pass the ball to a player in the goal.
This player, on receiving the ball can try to run the ball under con...

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

Roll Strong and Switch

Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 who has run across the pitch.

On receiving the ball, player 2 turns around and runs towards the goal an...

rotate forward

Player 1 runs through slalom passes the ball down the board to the reverse stick of player 2 who passes the ball to player 3 who moves towards the bal...

Round the Gate

2 Players, 1 ball. They have to pass the ball through the gate to their partner who, on receiving the ball has to 1st touch the ball wide of eithe...

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 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 out to receive

In this practice 2 players either side. one side starts with the ball on the cone the player on the otherside has to make a move to the wide cone f...

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 fast with the stick

To run with the stick when you are trying to recover to defend. or to run into space over a long distance before receiving the ball the stick should b...

Running into Space

Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 who passes the ball to player 3. Player 3 passes the ball to player 1 who is running at the ball, turns on re...

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...

Shooting

Player 1 passes into the circle and receives the ball back. The attackers all start running to get free (find some space).Player 1 passes to player...

Shooting Warm-Up

Pass the ball into the path of the player running towards the circle. Player receiving the ball, should keep the stick on the ball when entering t...

shortcorner move for weekend

This is one of the moves I wanted my team to see before the training session because. We are playing a 2 2 defence ( with 2 line man)

Squeeze

Normal best hit from around the penalty spot.
Attacker stands ready to receive the ball, ball gets passed in from the right side off the D. after r...

Squeeze

Normal best hit from around the penalty spot.
Attacker stands ready to receive the ball, ball gets passed in from the right side off the D. after r...

stop the ball crossing the line

in pairs about 5 - 10 m apart.

Both either standing on a line or by a cone. Player passes the ball to the reverse stick side receiving playe...

stop the ball crossing the line

in pairs about 5 - 10 m apart.

Both either standing on a line or by a cone. Player passes the ball to the reverse stick side receiving playe...

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.

Switching the point

Player 1 passes the ball to player 2.

Player 2 turns away from the cone, and passes the ball into space for player 3 to run onto.

Pla...

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 from half way line

White Player passes the ball toRed player who runs in field with the ball to allow the white player to loop round .Red Player passes to Blue playe...

Three pass and shoot pattern

Players start on the 23 metre line, in 3 groups, each group with some hockey balls.
2 passes to 1.
3 passes to 2.
1 passes to 3.

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 ...

Two players one ball

Player 1 passes the ball square to player 2 and has to run diagonally to get in front and ahead of player 2. Player 2 on receiving the ball runs diago...

Using player ahead of the ball

Player 1 passes the ball into the circle to player 2 or 3, avoiding the defending player, on the edge of the circle, who can only try and intercept th...

Using players in space

Player 1 passes the ball into the circle to player 2 or 3, avoiding the defending player, on the edge of the circle, who can only try and intercept...

Wall Pass Circuit - 2 v 1

Pass and follow with a wall pass.

Player 1 passes the ball for a wall pass to player after receiving the ball back. Player 1 passes the ball...

Wall Pass Circuit - Uncontested

Pass and follow with a wall pass.

Player 1 passes the ball for a wall pass to player after receiving the ball back. Player 1 passes the ball...

Wall Pass Circuit with Defender

Pass and follow with a wall pass.

Player 1 passes the ball for a wall pass to player after receiving the ball back. Player 1 passes the ball...

Web Videos

Sessions

Passing while moving down the pitch

JUNIOR SESSION: Although a simple skill to perfect, it is massively effective to keep the momentum in your attacks. Improve your players ability to pa...

Answers

Community Drills

Passing and Receiving

Player on the left starts with the ball and gives a ball to the player on his left. He receives a square pass back to him, gives straight, runs ...

Receive and shot from protected zone

Ball delivered to attacker that starts on the spot.Attacker takes three steps forwards just before receiving, then ball must remain in protected zone....

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 and receiving the ball

Simple drill to get players moving towards the ball. One player starts with the ball and passes it towards their partner opposite. The partner runs to...

2 v 1 left foot pass and shot

Attacker from opposite side delivers a square ball to the attacker on the other side.After receiving the attacker carries the ball before passing ball...

Pass and Move Race

Ball starts with the attacker who plays it into the feeder. After the pass the attacker runs to the next cone and receives the ball back and returns i...