Hockey Session (Under 16s): Wednesdays Junior Coaching

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Stuart Holby
Name: Stuart Holby
City: Bourton on the Water
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Hockey
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Hi All,

I know there are no diagrams to go with these words (nice picture of a pitch though!) but there will be. And I thought I'd start using the same format as I hope to throughout the season. Ignore the titles at the top of the page, there is only a limited choice of entries!

In all tiers I would like us to concentrate on the same things. Obviously the groups will differentiate by outcome, by how well they execute the skills and concepts. That is nothing new, it's what all coaches should do, expect the best that each different player can achieve at any particular moment! We don't know from week to week what the numbers will be like so we are going to have to coach the same skill/concepts each week but using different drills/practices/methods to keep them interested. Of course we should be pushing harder for better performances as time progresses. 


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So here's the thought. Baring in mind what I have seen in the ladies section so far and referring to the principles that the Coaching/Playing Committee have decided on I think that for the first half term we should concentrate on the principle of 3 touch play. So let's just break that down a little.

We can't achieve that all at once. I have no doubt in the effectiveness and the target of 3 touch hockey but we must get first things first. So lets concentrate on parts 1 and 3 and get to part 2 as soon as we can. So.............

Part 1 - Reception:

  • Good first touch
  • Good footwork and body placement
  • Pre scanning
  • Good technique for receiving ball in different places (and bouncing ball) maybe even ariel.
Part 3 - Delivery
  • Good footwork
  • Appropriate ball placement
  • Delivery technique concentrating on push/hybrid/slap (leave hit alone for a bit)
  • Appropriate ball speed (mostly quick! ????)

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Now in games:

We can encourage:

  • Quick movement/passing of the ball
  • The importance of lateral passing
  • Leaving space where you need it
  • Creating space with dynamic bids (leads)
  • Importance of posting
  • Moving channels on turnover.

We can chat if you want about various methods of getting this, but use what you enjoy and are comfortable with!
Let's keep communicating and have each others backs.
Looking forward to it!


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