Hockey Session (Senior): Recieving the ball while strengthening visual-processing

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Bennett Stolze, Adult Member

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Bennett Stolze
Name: Bennett Stolze
City: Berlin
Country: Germany
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Hockey

Description

In the entire exercises we want to focus on improving the following aspects:

- recieving the ball (high and low)

- strengthening your visual skills, or more in detail: what happens around you? Where do i need to go? Or more pratical in the game: Where are my opponents/teammates? Where is clear space?

- the combination of recieving or other hockey-specific techniques and processing visual aspects of the game


Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): WarmUp

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
basic receiving-, passing- or carrying-skills
Technical
Tactical
Technical
Physical
short distance sprints
Technical
Psychological
reacting to visual impressions around your body or acustic impressions (named colors)
Technical
Social

WarmUp (10 mins)

For the upcoming cognitiv-intense drills we also need to "warm-up your mind" if you'd like to call it that way. More or less it is just for the players to get in touch with the basic principles of making decisions based on visuals signs and their nearby setting (or field in the game).

Excercise 1 (1A & 1B)

1) A stays behind the back of B, B got a ball in front of him

2) A hits one of the cones (left or right) with his stick, so its visible for B

3) B pulls the ball to the opposite direction, of which A hit the cone (e.g. B moves to his right side)

4) After hitting one of the cones, A needs to run around it until he is allowed to try to steal the ball from player B

The goal is to cross the white line.

Exercise 2 (2A & 2B):

1) A calls one of the colors of the cones, which are placed behind the back of B

2) B quickly moves in front of the said cone, recieves a pass from A and passes it immediately back to A

Variations for 2:

- different distances

- different passing-skills

- more/lesss colors used

- define as the coach, which techniques the players need to use for which color (e.g. "blue" -> only high passes or "red" only hit the ball and stop it with your backhand,...)


Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Basic drill

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
different recieving skills, quick follow-up movements
Technical
Tactical
Technical
Physical
good footwork for the trap
Technical
Psychological
reacting to a changing visual enviroment or acustic impressions (named colors)
Technical
Social

Basic drill (5 mins)

Easy pratice to get in touch with the principles and the setup of the drill, which only will be slightly changed in the upcoming exercises.

1) While playing a pass to B, Player A calls a color of one of the small-cone-goals, which B needs to pass in the end.

2) While scanning the field, which of the goals he needs to pass, B needs to make a good trap.

3) After recieving, B directly makes a dodge to the "wrong" side and then pulls the ball to the "right" side of the goal that he needs to pass.

4) B needs to pass the goal while increasing the tempo of carrying the ball

5) B tries to score a goal

A->B->A

Variations of the used skills:

- players need to recieve high balls

- in- or decrease the distance between A&B

- when you dont like to improve carrying you can place two players beside Player B, which he needs to pass directly after he recieved the ball (...and place more players behind the small cone-goals)

- for younger teams: just recieve and move the ball through the small goals (no pull drags)

- use of different carrying-skills

Variations of the setup:

- The coach can consistently change the colors of the small cone-goals, so players always need to activly scan the field anew (A and! B)

- every cone gets a different color, so that there are more colors involved (higher difficutly)

- you can also change the colors of the large cones (one counts for the right and one for the left side of colors)

- you can place up the same colors as cones or bibs behind the goalkeeper or besides the two sides of the goal (and also change them while practice) -> players need to score on the side, where the said color is (also quite difficult for the goalkeeper)

- use more cone-goals and colors on both sides -> players need to score from different angles


Hockey Session Plan Drill (Colour): Higher level

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Learning Objectives

Technical
Technical
different recieving skills, quick follow-up movements
Technical
Tactical
Technical
Physical
good footwork for the trap
Technical
Psychological
reacting to a consistently changing visual enviroment with different colors and binary choices
Technical
Social

Higher level (10 mins)

Now we use a more difficult form of improving the recieving skills and the visual proccessing of the player. While the player in the basic drill was forced to use one specific side, we now got an binary choice - player B can freely decide in most cases, which side he wants to use.

1) A calls a color and passes B

2) B needs so scan the area of cones of different colors besides player A: On which side are the green cones active? (= in front of the circle). He got two options: If the said color is active on both sides, he can decide on his own, on which side he wants to move. But if the said color is only active on one specific side, he needs to move to this side. In our example, the color green is active on both sides, so player B is free to decide, to which side he wants to dodge, pull and carry the ball. If the said color would have been e.g. blue, Player B would have been only able to move to his left side

3) B enters the circle and takes the shot

4) B changes one of the small cones from active to passiv (in front or behind the circle) or the other way around. Attention: player B needs to remember, that every color need to be active on a minimum of one side. If he changes a second cone of a specific color to a passiv status, because he he didn't pay attention, he can do 10 push-ups or something else.

A->B->A

Variations of the used skills:

- same as in the basic drill

- for younger teams: use fewer colors and less elements after recieving

Variations of the set-up:

- it is allowed to change both cones of one color to the passiv status. Now also player A also needs to scan the cones beside him quickly if he wants to proceed without a pause.

- If you got two goalkeepers, you again can place the colors of the cones beside the posts. The pausing goalkeeper can also change the colors from active to passiv or the other way around (e.g. place them in front of the baseline or just take the "passiv" color-cones behind the goal). Now you have got players who also need to handle the shot and the visual exercise and the goalkeeper, who maybe gets an advantage, if he saw in before, which colors are active.


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