Coaching

The Mental Game: Motivate your field hockey pre-season

Pre-season training is upon us and with it the thought of no end of pain from various parts of the body that have not been used for several months. Cries of …

Recipe: Banana oat muffins

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 …

The Mental Game: Sarah Murray explains why anxiety is nothing to be afraid of

We are now well into the second half of the season and therefore potential ‘big’ matches are looming. Maybe your team are fighting it out for promotion or …

Hockey’s penalty corner takers: the rest vs the best

When it comes to penalty corners in the women’s game – there is one queen and a handful of pretenders… The queen: Maartje Paumen, Netherlands Paumen …

Why field hockey goalkeepers are so important at World Cups

With the World Cup almost here, the teams participating are starting to formulate their strategies on how they will see off their competition and get their …

Do all hockey goalkeepers obsess over clean sheets?

We adore them. We treasure them. We keep them in a special place in our injection-moulded hearts. The Hockey Paper salutes a goalkeeper’s clean sheets. I …

From The Archives: Ric Charlesworth, the accidental hockey coach

Spending a couple of hours with Ric Charlesworth in an expansive mood is a revelation. Gone is the abrupt and curt Australian coach seen in post-match …

Chrismas nutrition for hockey players: Survival tips

Christmas is a dietary nightmare, particularly if your goals include anything other than optimising your ability to watch repeats of classic television shows …

Poacher turned gamekeeper: A hockey goalkeeper tells us how to shoot

In the first of an occasional series, we get players to spill the beans on how to play against them – this time a goalkeeper, Dan Pilgrim, tells us what sort …