Coaching Notes

Coaching notes. Initially copied from James East blog http://web.mac.com/jameseast/Hockey/Coaching_Notes/Coaching_Notes.html

Season Coaching

Well crikey what a lot we’ve covered. Passing, receiving, hitting, pushing slapping, flicking, backhand hitting, short corners, shifting the point of attack, passing with disguise, goal scoring, tackling, defending and a partridge in a pear tree. I have enjoyed myself enourmously not least because you have all turned up, paid attention and done what I have asked. What coach could ask for anything more ?

I understand that both the 1st XI and the 3rd XI can secure promotion with wins on saturday – good luck to you all and remember, if you win I shall take all the credit thank to my brilliant coaching, but if you lose it’s all your own fault !

If I still have the job I shall see you all next season.

Jim East

Fordingbridge 6’s festival is coming soon, and Romsey are helping out.

So passing with disguise then – you all laughed didn’t you, when Carly and I were talking about selling the dummy and wrong footing defenders, and then you all did it brilliantly ! So there – I told you you were great didn’t I ?

Anyway, where was I ?

It is in fact an incredibly simple skill, but really effective. You should all practice passing with disguise, but as you have found, you can sell the dummy just as easily with a look, or a feint.

The act of preparing to pass in one direction very often causes the defender to commit to an attempt to intercept.

You can use this ruse to help complete passes, but also to beat a defender on the run.

OK – sorry for the late post – I’ve been very busy at work.

Right, the session 1 week ago we practised short corners. Above is a youtube vid from England hockey demonstrating the various skills and some variations.

The key point I want to make is the importance of, oh lets call it rhythm. Each part of the routine needs to be smoothly executed without delay but also without rush. If the rhythm is right everyone can anticipate and move early, so the routine is fast, but each individual player can move relatively slowly.

Well here’s a thing. I had been trying to build an animation to describe what I was trying to explain and failing miserably. God help you all, but here is a video of tiddly-winks on a coaching pad with me doing a voice over. If you are none the wiser after this, and want to demand a membership refund I’m not sure I’ll blame you, except to say, as my wife tires of hearing, I will get better at this.

These are the things we did in the rain, and what I hope you will get out of them :

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This week we did a lot of work on goalscoring. The key thing to think about is that keepers are pretty good at saving shots from the top of the D when they are set.

So here are a few simple ideas to improve your chances of scoring.

  1. try to shoot from close range.
  2. Try to shoot with a 1st time shot
  3. Try to commit the GK then slip a pass for a team mate to have an easy tap in.
  4. Try to shoot when moving laterally – left to right or right to left rather than toward the goal.

Obviously you shouldn’t try to do all these things at once !

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So this week we did a whole bunch of shooting drills with a little bit about receiving. When receiving on the move it is a good idea to get strong as soon as possible, and for preference to receive on the strong side in the first place.

It is a really good idea to make a habit of moving your feet to receive the ball on your strong (forehand) side, and only receive on your weak (backhand) side if you don’t have time to sort your feet out.

Why ? Well, the time it takes to drag the ball back to the string side is enough time to allow a defender to readjust her position and apply the pressure on you.

We also practised receiving without stopping the ball. This is a handy skill to have since you can beat a defender immediately. Allowing the ball to run across your body usually carries it out of the reach of a potential tackler who is expecting you to stop the ball in front of you.

If you want me to go over any of the skills we looked at on thursday (especially if you weren’t there!) ask me next session.

Jim

Here then are some observations from a good win over a competent opposition. First of all (since I am going to pick the odd nit) I must stress how impressed I was with this performance individually and collectively. There were lots of good bits of skill on show especially some razor sharp basics, and the individual performaces added up to a really good team performance.

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In the last two sessions you’ve been working on receiving the ball without stopping it. In particular you have been practising receiving the ball from left or right while running and facing towards thew goal you are attacking.

This England hockey video deals with receiving of all kinds, and it is well worth practicing all these techniques.

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