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 ball. To combat this he insists players must use SOB techniques – stick on ball.
He talks about this at 3:40 into the video – and shows how to get a ball away at the goal for a shot without taking your stick away. Hope it helps you score more goals.
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 passes from your teammates -here’s how Hockey Australia suggest you can deflect the ball from the left.
# Receive the ball slightly to the right side of the body.
# Hold the stick stationary at the desired angle of the deflection. (This is key as you don’t have to do a massive sweep with the stick).
# Allow the ball to hit the stick – again Hockey Australia say you don’t have to sweep.
# Also if you’re trying to score, make sure you are still inside the D otherwise you’ll still need somebody else on the end of your deflection, to deflect into the goal. Hmmm!
This is interesting. At 1:46 mins into this youtube clip, Jamie Dwyer mentions that he puts a bit of tape near the heel of his stick. “I put a little bit of tape on my stick to get that softness of the feel, he says.
It’s across at a diagonal and I wanted to know more so I contacted Jamie Dwyer’s company JDH. A quick tweet did the trick along the lines ‘Wondering what sort of tape and what it’s for?’
Here’s the reply…
Let me know if you’ve tried this – I’d like to know what you think about whether it works for you or not?
Mark Knowles talks to juniors
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.
This clip by high performance coach Larry McIntosh is excellent for learning how to receive a baseline pass and then shoot at goal from both right and left.
When you get a baseline pass from the right side of the goal he recommends positioning yourself with your feet in line with the goal so you can immediately strike. However, he shows that having one foot slightly back rather than planted feet will make your stronger and less liable to be taken off balance by another player.
At 1:47 in he praises the striker for getting their bottom hand low on the stick when receiving the ball. If you look carefully that hand is actually really low – giving much more control. He also recommends pushing the left hand forward to trap the ball more easily – but not too much or the ball will deflect in the wrong direction.
All you need now is to train a team mate to be on the baseline to send a pass to you…