Hockey Session (Transition Phase): HWHC U9-U12 25-4-21 (Moving the Ball - Push Pass)

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Alexandra Smart

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Alexandra Smart
Name: Alexandra Smart
City: London
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Hockey

Description

This session focuses on moving the ball with a strong push pass.

Coaching points should be addressed throughout to ensure technique is correct.

  • Stand sideways to target.
  • Left shoulder pointing towards the target.
  • Ball at right foot (back foot).
  • Transfer weight from right to left foot.
  • Keep stick on ball.
  • Follow through to target.
For the 16 hit out practice, due to the pitch layout at UCS (tennis nets up) - you might need to run this activity with half of your group using the hockey D markings, while the other half do 4 v 3, then switch over.


Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Piggy in the Middle

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Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Piggy in the Middle
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Piggy in the Middle

SET UP

  • 3-5 players (as long as you have 1 player in the middle, you can have 1-2 players at either end).
  • Give players a defined space to play in.
  • Players at either end need to PUSH the ball to each other.
  • They can also pass side to side before trying to pass through the middle where the defender/piggy is.
  • Keep rotating the player in the middle.

Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Hockey Tennis

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Hockey Tennis

SET UP

  • In pairs, stand opposite your partner.
  • Each player starts behind their base line.
  • The player with the ball is aiming to pass the ball beyond the 2 metre line furthest from them.
  • Their partner's aim is to try and meet the ball to trap it before it gets across the 2 metre line just in front of them.
  • Swap partners every few minutes.

Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): 16 Hit Out

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Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): 16 Hit Out
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16 Hit Out

SET UP

  • Set up player positions for a 16 with an overload for the team taking the hit out. Eg. 5 v 3 or 6 v 3 (add a high player for the overload team).
  • The aim for the team taking the hit out is to score in the mini goal.
  • The aim for the pressing team is to win possession and score in the main goal.
  • Depending on how much space you have, the mini goal can be at the 23, the halfway line, or between the two.
  • The team taking the hit out should be successful.

COACHING POINTS

  • Positions - where does the ball taker need his/her teammates? Wide, more than one option available, movement in the middle to break up the press.
  • Type of pass - accurate, ball pace, flat.
  • Feet and stick work - getting feet around and using a drag to pass to the right.
  • Press - centre forward in front of the ball. Where do you want the team with the ball to pass? Or more importantly, where don't you want them to pass?

Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Progression

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Progression

PROGRESSION

  • Two side goals for the team taking the hit out, rather than one central goal.
  • Encourage the team to play the ball wide.
  • Increase success rate.

Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4 v 3 (Attacking Overload)

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4 v 3 (Attacking Overload)

SET UP

  • 4 attackers - 1 high player.
  • 3 defenders.
  • Aim for attackers - score in the main goal.
  • Aim for defenders - score in either side goal.
Focus areas
  • Using a strong pass to keep possession.
  • In attack - is the forward option on?
  • In defence - clear the ball wide.

Animation Controls (PCs, Macs, Laptops):

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