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How Covid might just have helped junior hockey

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Todd Williams
Todd Williams is a former Australian international, the hockey professional at Magdalen College School in Oxford and was a Premier League coach for over 12 seasons with Hampstead and Westminster, Slough Ladies and Surbiton.

In the second part of a special series on junior hockey coaching, TODD WILLIAMS says that drills must now drive sessions over endless gameplay

There’s a case to be made to say that coping with Covid has brought the opportunity for some important and much-needed change to the way we coach our juniors. 

As everyone will be all too aware, the arrival of social distancing into everyone’s vocabulary put immediate limits on to what sort of hockey session clubs and coaches were able to offer once the most stringent levels of lockdown started to ease.

Consequently, with team-based sessions and gameplay becoming breaches of Covid protocols, coaches suddenly had no choice but to go to the cupboard and drag out what for many is the exiled pariah of modern day hockey coaching – the drill.

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