This video from Lauren Penny’s Field Hockey Performance Academy is worth a watch. She gives tips for when your team is dominating and you just can’t score…or for when you just want to score more goals. Who doesn’t?
Composure. Don’t panic or worry about missing. Focus on the technical aspects rather than scoring. Focus on staying low and watching the ball on to the stick.
Belief. Lauren thinks a large part of scoring is thinking you can and being confident mentally. Mindset is the most important part of goal scoring.
Deception. Don’t do the obvious. Try to use your body to add deception. Drop your shoulder to fake a move, for example. Don’t try to smack it through their pads but get them moving and go round them.
Avoid perfectionism. Doesn’t matter how you score. A goal is a goal even if it’s from a rumble around the goalkeeper. Just have as many attempts at possible on goal. Bobbly balls and miss hits are all goals they don’t have to be perfect shots.
Always be ready. If a team mate is taking a shot at goal get ready yourself. Get your body low and be ready for passes or rebounds.
While you’re at it, this goal scoring video from Ryde Hockey is also worth a look…
The squeeze shot is an effective shot to employ when you are in a crowded D. This video shows how and where it works well.
- Bring hands together further down the stick or up high. Higher gives more power.
- Place the ball near right/back foot
- Weight on their right/back foot
- Hit down on to the ball, which squeezes the ball into the astro and lifts it.
- It’s harder on sand than water surfaces.
Hockeyroo Ashleigh Nelson says it allows you to get a quick shot away, high into the net over the goalkeeper – especially from in close in the back space available when defenders behind you.
I love this new video showing Robert van der Horst training and talking about hockey. Check out the brilliant 3D elimination move at 1:40. He moves the ball on his forehand towards the defender’s stick. The defender thinks they are going to get it, but at the last minute he moves the ball over the opponents stick with a twist to the back hand. Amazing skills.
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.
Just spotted this new Youtube clip on the Grays twitter feed @GraysHockey. It shows a brilliant little stick work trick you can use to eliminate a defender and it’s called ‘the ramp’. A great skill to use as you are coming into the attacking D.
It involves a little twist of the stick to create a ramp that can lift the ball over an opponents stick. Fantastic. Give it a go…
It’s from Inside Hockey and presented by Shea McAleese.