Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Coaching

Why the whistle should be mandatory for all hockey players

As a coach at school and club level, much of my preparation for a season would be focused on drills, cones, bounce boards, enough practice and match balls and pitch availability, writes leading official Andy Mair. But here’s a thought:...

Coaching: The Top Trumps for hockey

Jack Rolfe explains why his MatchPlay Cards make hockey fun to understand The concept They say every idea starts with a problem and I suppose the first concept of MatchPlay Cards came about through interviews for my dissertation (How do coaches...

Leaving hockey entirely is not an option for me, says Alex Danson

England and GB great Alex Danson-Bennett has admitted that leaving hockey "is not really an option" and hinted at a future coaching role in domestic or international hockey, writes Rod Gilmour. Speaking from her home in Hampshire, Danson-Bennett said that...

Hockey coaching: Know where the ground is

As most players know, the two circles are where most of all the important stuff happens in a game of hockey. Whether you’re in defence stopping the opposition from scoring or in attack trying to get the ball into...

‘Player safety needs to be tighter at hockey internationals’

Adrian Lock, Spain women's coach, says more can be done to combat injuries at major tournaments. Speaking on Hockeytoday.cc's regular Ask Me Anything coaches' chat, along with GB coach Mark Hager, Lock said hockey should adopt a stricter policy at internationals. "I...

Hockey coaching: Start body position at early age

In every print issue, we bring you tips from the stars and leading coaches. Here, GB's Harry Martin stresses the importance of maintaining body position Don't fret with mistakes When you are on the pitch, just try to improve with every...

The Mental Game: Why anxiety is nothing to be afraid of

Whatever the situation there will be matches that are hailed as ‘crunch’ games and can lead to feelings of nervousness and anxiety at both team and individual level Athletes often suffer from anxiety. Anxiety can be acute (short-term) or chronic...

Train like a GB hockey Olympian

Paul Stretch, GB men's lead strength and conditioning coach, gives us an insight into hockey-specific training The main potential issue for the GB players in this outbreak period is a lack of intensity, expressed through velocity or high magnitude of...

Eat like a hockey pro: Banana oat muffins recipe

Muffins don’t have to be high carbohydrate and high fat cake-like productions. By avoiding flour and including higher protein ingredients like Greek yoghurt and oats you can produce something that tastes decent and is well under 100 calories. If you...

Women’s coach Mark Hager on GB Hockey isolation and love of animals

Mark Hager, the Australian coach of the GB women's team, could easily have been living in solitude during the coronavirus pandemic, with no family, cats or dogs for company in the small Berkshire village where he is currently renting. Luckily,...
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Ayeisha McFerran issues appeal after hockey World Cup medal stolen

Ireland women's goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran has appealed for the return of her World Cup silver medal after it was...
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