Category Archives: Defending

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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‘Closing down’ in field hockey: how to defend better

Coaches often urge players to ‘close them down’. But what does this actually mean and how do you do it? Closing down means manoeuvring an opposing player into a position that will make you, the defender, better placed to limit … Continue reading

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Defending – tips from Shiv Jagday

A new video Tackling Drills, Techniques & Strategies for Field Hockey by former Olympic hockey coach Shiv Jagday has some useful tips. #1 It’s more important to know when to commit and tackle than how to tackle. The skill is … Continue reading

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How to defend a drag flick

The latest issue of Planet Hockey (issue 3, see link below to download) is well worth a look and has an interesting feature on defending a drag flick. It suggests… #1 Prepare early and decide on a defensive set up. Many … 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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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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