In this clip Mark Knowles is talking to some junior players. At 19.20 minutes in he talks about why it’s important to play to your strengths. This resonated with me as I’m very petite!
“Don’t look at what everyone else is doing. Play to your own strengths and attributes,” he says.
Dubbed the best player in the world, Jamie Dwyer, is small but excellent. Mark Knowles says that there’s lots of smaller players and they play to their strengths “size isn’t everything. Not every
He also says trapping is one of the most important skills in hockey. If you don’t get that right you can’t do much on the pitch.
He says he’s not the strongest himself but plays to his strengths which are outletting and reading the game.
The big guys also have their role to play in hockey. They are strong on the ball and hard to get off the ball.
“If we were all the same we’d be no good as a team,” he says.
What takes you to a higher level is movement off the ball. When juniors pass they often stay still but when experienced players pass the ball they immediately move.