Update May 2015
New Introduction to Indoor classes just launched at DL Total Hockey. Click here for more info and bookings
It’s off season here in the UK. With no hockey from April to September many club players can find they haven’t had a touch on a hockey ball for months – not the best way to keep you performance as good as it could be.
Dain Lewis, a centrally contracted coach with England Hockey, who runs http://www.dltotalhockey.com/ reckons heading indoors for your hockey is a great way to improve your skills ready for the next outdoor season.
According to Dain, The Netherlands and the German teams have high world rankings, so they should know a thing or two about how to be the best at hockey. These teams hone their hockey skills indoors because the game offers more touches on the ball, more stick discipline since you can’t raise or hit the ball and defending practice that forces you low and nimble.
Indoor, also helps you get faster footwork and more decision making since you’ll have far more touches on the ball with just five outfield players on the pitch.
“You’ll definitely improve if you take your game indoors. I can really boost your performance in the outdoor game,” says Dain, who coaches indoor hockey sessions in Norwich, in the UK.
I’ve been attending his Monday night sessions at the University of East Anglia sportspark and they are hugely enjoyable. A few of my team mates have started coming along too, although we’ve found that fellow outfield players take a little convincing about how enjoyable indoor is.
Their first reaction is to assume they wouldn’t like it in comparison. It takes them to try it and realise how many transferable skills you learn for the outdoor version, as well as how much fun it is, and they are usually hooked.
Indoor hockey moves
With only five people on the indoor pitch, passing and moving is key. The following clip at 3.25 minutes in shows a neat pass and move drill that resulted in a neat goal by the right post player. A player on the left midfield position moves it to a left baseline player who sends a tight cross to a player sitting on the right post – goal! Would be worth trying to set this up as a regular indoor set piece because here it works a treat.