Monday, June 27, 2022

Opinion

‘A tick-box exercise’: Why England Hockey’s domestic Cup has to be rebooted

Byes are commonplace these days when it comes to England Hockey's Cup competition. Farewell has also long been said to the national governing body’s premier knock-out as far as care and attention goes.  For one of three chances to win...

‘When it comes to junior hockey fixtures, we listen to each other’

In the second part of our series, Maggie Coombe, chair of Yorkshire and North East Junior Hockey, on how the junior game is flourishing When I was thinking about how we would organise our junior fixtures for the second half...

Anna Toman: English hockey must look to domestic changes – I play this sport for matches

The scheduling of the English domestic season for indoor and outdoor has always baffled me. Hockey is classed as a winter sport but why do we play into December and then January when pitches are usually frozen? It is difficult...

Club hockey coaching feels lethargic in post-Covid world

It feels like the pandemic has had a severe impact on hockey in the smaller clubs. Following on from the original hiatus and uncertainty that occurred during the early stages of the coronavirus crisis, hockey seemed to return to...

How can we ensure our Premier Division sides are better reflective of all of England?

Hockey is played all over the UK but concentration of talent impacts game's image to detriment of all, writes ALASTAIR WHATLEY With upwards of a thousand members split across mens, womens and juniors, club communications, as secretary, is an important...

Single system? Why junior competition is so important for hockey development

After 50 years of working in junior hockey development, DAVE MILLER can’t emphasis enough how important regular competition is to junior players, whether to keep them in the game or allowing them to reach their full sporting goals. My first...

Do we need to implement a low tolerance policy for unsportsmanlike conduct?

One of the joys of hockey's amateur status is that, barring the top echelons of the sport, the players are involved in the sport purely for fun. Competitiveness is a contributing factor to this enjoyment for huge swathes of...

Hockey mindset: What actions are your team going to take to build robust self-belief?

“If you don’t have belief. You’ll always find a way not to win” -- Carl Lewis  I’ve had the privilege to work alongside numerous professional athletes and their coaches within sport. The consistent area that comes up time and again is...

Results-driven school hockey is holding us back

If school coaches are allowed to prioritise long-term goals, hockey in the Britain will strengthen There is without doubt some incredibly high-quality hockey coaching at school level, but are the primary goals of the school allowing the coaches to maximise...

We need to spend more time on how to identify athletes with potential over talent

Being consistently good makes you great. Relying on your talent doesn't, says Alyson Annan   Talented athletes are a commonly discussed topic amongst coaches and parents. Which factors play a role in talent identification; how do we measure talent? How do...
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