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Defending Skills Drills

A hockey defender's main role is to stop the attack, regain possession of the ball and pass the ball to a fellow player to begin an attack from the ba...

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Open Side Block Tackle

category: Defending-Skills

Hockey Open side Block Tackle Defending Skills Strong low body position and balanced ready to move. Left foot forward, right foot back, stick on the ...

Shave Tackle - Reverse

category: Video-Techniques

Hockey Shave Tackle - reverse Video Techniques - A shave challenge is when a defender makes a sweeping challenge from behind, moving the ball away fr...

Jab Tackle

category: Defending-Skills

Hockey Jab Tackle Defending Skills The jab can be used as a form of delay either to dispossess a player with the ball if the ball is away from the st...

Block Tackle Forehand

category: Video-Techniques

Hockey Block Tackle forehand Video Techniques - Performing a block stick challenge in an 1 v 1 situation.

Block Tackle - Reverse

category: Video-Techniques

Hockey Block Tackle - reverse Video Techniques - Using a reverse stick block challenge to gain possession of the ball.

6 Zone: Passive Defending

- 6 on 6 drill
- Split a half pitch into 6 sections
- A forward and a defender should be in each section
- Defenders can only interc...

Channelling Proud to coach

Difficulty of the skill: Red - a difficult core skill for ages 7-9 years and upwards. As players progress and develop the difficul...

Jailbreak

One team runs clockwise round the inside of the circle with the other team running anti-clockwise around the outside of the circle (blue cones).

Low Reverse Stick Tackle

- Set up a small area, with 2 forwards and 2 defenders
- The forward players should dribble towards the weaker side (the left foot) of the def...

Low Reverse Stick Tackle

- Set up a small area, with 2 forwards and 2 defenders
- The forward players should dribble towards the weaker side (the left foot) of the def...

Marking and Chaneling

As the attacker makes lead runs left and right the defenders main concern is to be between the attacker and the D.

If there was a huge stic...

Numbers Intercept

Teams of 3 - 4 players. Each team numbers themselves 1-2-3-4 and has one ball. The ball should be passed around the team in numerical order whils...

One Handed Block - Open Stick

  • Players set up in pairs, this is a 1 v 1 situation
  • One player starts with the ball and dribbles towards the defender
  • The defende...

  • One Handed Block - Reverse Stick

  • Players set up in pairs, this is a 1 v 1 situation
  • One player starts with the ball and dribbles towards the defender
  • The defende...

  • Steal - Reverse Stick

  • Players are split up into pairs
  • One player starts with the ball and runs about 5 yards into space, with the defender behind them to the l...

  • Tackling in a Crowded Area

    - Set up a rectangular box
    - One forward and one defender
    - Ball is bounced in, and the forward has to try and use elimination skills to ...

    Tackling in a Crowded Area

    - Set up a rectangular box
    - One forward and one defender
    - Ball is bounced in, and the forward has to try and use elimination skills to ...

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    Tackling boxesBox 1: Double hand block tackle

    Channeling Defensive Drill

    Att1 Dribbles down the pitch trying to pass to Att2. Def1 tries to keep Att1 from passing, without tackling. By the time Att1 gets to Def2, Def2 attem...

    Defensive tackling box

    The aim is for the blue player to put the ball through the 2 red conesthe red player has to stop that from happening by tackling/intercepting the ball...

    Tracking back and tackling

    Red player passes the ball through the white gate.Blue player intercepts and runs for goal.Red player has to run through the red gate and then has to ...

    Autosave 50264533

    Conditioned game:Split into ability groups by bib colour. Greens at one end of pitch, oranges at other end.2 games at opposite ends of pitch, using ri...

    3 drill set-up: dribble, tackle, pass

    Players split into 3 groups and rotate between drills.Dribbling: dribble through the triangle following each other good for vision.tackling: channelli...

    End zone hockey

    Two sides, possesion based game, must make a pass to a team-mate in their scoring "end-zone" whilst defending their own end-zone, similar to...

    Tackling Channels

    Red passes to BlueBlue attacks Red Defends1 point for getting out bottom orange, 3 points for green, 5 for tackle!Keep own scorePurpose: Defensive- k...

    Passing Warm Up

    7v3 + 2 ballsBlue players pass to another free blue player and then sprint to a cone. Once they have touched a cone on one side they need to touch a c...