Category Archives: Coaching

How using SOB hockey technique can help you score more goals. Tips from an Australian coach

Coach Paul Gaudoin teaches some future team Australia players how to deal with some of the new tactics he has seen emerging in International hockey. He’s noticed that players are physical and might barge in and dispossess you of the … Continue reading

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This girl can – how not to pick hockey teams

Why grassroots hockey should never use the ‘captains-pick-teams-one-by-one’ method of team sorting…. Hockey is a competitive sport, but the Back to Hockey campaign is all inclusive. It welcomes players of all ages and abilities. However, there’s an inherent contradiction in … Continue reading

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Here’s how the Australians coach

Coaching drills – what the Australians do. Looking for a great training drill idea? This is an excellent five on five game from Hockey Australia. Whizz forward to 9:30 and you’ll see the coach explain the drill. What’s great about … Continue reading

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Better ways to coach children

On Friday I attended one of the new England Hockey coaching courses Engaging Games for Children led by Stuart Armstrong. England Hockey coaching programme Stuart looked at a useful technique described as ‘cold calling’. Use lots of questions when coaching kids, … Continue reading

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Here’s what a top hockey coach observed at the 2014 world cup…

Tasmanian Institute of Sport Hockey Coach Andrew McDonald (pictured below) attended the World Cup for a HA Coach education study tour.Here are some of his fascinating observations about what he saw there. His notes identify trends in play – and training implications for this. … Continue reading

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Coaching mini hockey – basics of a great session

My brother Joe is an excellent and well-respected cricket coach who is qualified to a high level. He is known for helping the less experienced players up their game and dramatically improve and has built a hugely strong and thiving … Continue reading

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