Monthly Archives: March 2016

How to use ‘the spin’ move to escape a defender

  This video from The Hockey Performance Academy is worth a look if you want to perfect the spin – turning the ball in a circular movement to escape a defender. It’s demonstrated here by Ryan Julius from South Africa … Continue reading

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#2 How to play left midfield in field hockey: defending

  Left midfield as a defender # Your role is defensive marking role first and foremost A thread from Craig Boyne on field hockey forum says the left half should mark their opposing winger. Another adds that if you are eliminated by … Continue reading

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#1 How to play left midfield in field hockey: be a great outlet

#1 Act as a great outlet on 16s Left midfield is a tricky but crucial position on the pitch. One of the roles can be to act as an outlet when your defender is taking a 16. This screengrab above is … Continue reading

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You have to use the base line like this in field hockey

  Positioning yourself available for a pass on the baseline is a great way to make space. Defenders hate it. Look at what the player in white does around nine seconds into this clip of Bowdon Hightown v University of … Continue reading

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Here’s how to score a goal with a deflection from the left #fieldhockey…

    That moment when the ball is coming to you, you’re in the D, last player standing and you need to deflect from the left to score. No pressure then! To help ensure you actually capitalise on those lovely … Continue reading

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Block tackle – tips and techniques

Here’s a few clips I’ve found that can help you learn more about block tackling in hockey. A block tackle is a useful way to steal the ball from an opponent – but what’s the best way to do it … Continue reading

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