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.
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 perfectly?
# Force player on to your strong stick side by lining up your right shoulder with theirs. This forces them to your strong stick side. Take a 45 degree angle with your feet so you can rotate your body.
# Don’t get too close or you risk being eliminated. Be about a step and a half away from the ball carrier.
# Don’t necessarily look to get ball straight away. Jab tackle, not to get the ball but to force them into where you want them. Then block tackle – see 4:38 into the Ryde Hockey video below.