Imagination inspires creativity. Over the years I’ve seen all sorts of things on the hockey pitch from tyres to rubbish bins, rebound nets, tackle pads, chairs and swimming noodles all somehow providing some added feature to make a drill more fun or challenging.
For those who coach on a sand-filled surface, I even found a great use for old climbing rope by twisting it and tying it so that it would (or sometimes wouldn’t) make the ball skip to try and replicate the bounce on a wet surface.
Critically though, there are two things that drills can offer that are either harder or impossible through gameplay.
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