Hockey drills for defense

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  • Attack through the middle which starts with a 2:1
  • B is a deep man starting in the circle. A starts with the ball and wants to finish with B on goal.
  • C wants to slow the game down and close the pass lines to give D time to come to his aid.

  • Goal of attackers:
    • Pass the ball over the backhand side of the opponent
    • Pass to teammate on the forehand
    • Making eye contact with your team-mate
    • Make speed
  • Defender's goal
    • Drive your opponent towards your forehand (your backhand side must be closed)
    • Guiding your opponent
    • Slowing down the game to give D time to come and help you
    • When D has arrived, one goes on the deep man and the other effectively pressures the opponent and waits to take the ball away until the opponent makes the mistake

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  • Keep possession of the ball with your team
  • You can score a point by playing one of your teammates in one of the squares.
  • You cannot score 2 points in the same square, you have to go to another square before you can go to another square again

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A game form where for switching is tested.
  • You make two teams, if you score at one goal you may take the ball right out and go score at the other side.
  • This means that both teams have to switch because they are now coming towards the other goal.

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  • You have them play a 3:2.
  • Red wants to go score on goal and blue wants to go intercept the ball and defend out.
  • If the drill is running you can later add in the extra blue defender. This one is going to run a tackle back. He can start running when the first ball is played
  • Instructions which you can give to the attackers
  • Always return the ball, create and maintain speed in your attack, one person creates depth so you keep the field long, pass the ball into the forehand of your teammate,
  • Pass the ball over the opponent's backhand side.

  • Questions you can ask the attackers
    • What is the goal of the exercise?
    • How can you reach the goal and what do you have to do for it?
    • What is the task of which player at which pawn?
    • Which pass technique is best to use?
  • Instructions you can give to the defenders
    • Slow down your opponent by pushing them outside, do not take the ball away straightaway but wait for the opponent's mistake, the shaft should always be closed
  • Questions to ask the defenders
    • What is the purpose of this exercise for you?
    • How can you achieve the goal and what do you need to do to achieve it?
    • What is the most important task you have within this exercise?

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Game with the three teams,

  • Make three equal and fair teams.
  • One team starts as the defenders (on the picture the red)
  • One team starts as the attackers (on the picture the blue)
  • One team behind the 23 meter line (on the picture the white)
  • For the defenders, the idea is to pass the ball to one of the white ones standing in the box near the 23 meter line
  • For the attackers, the idea is that they will score. If they have scored they get 1 point
  • For the team behind the 23 meter line, the idea is that they accept the ball when the defenders pass it to them.
  • When the ball is with the team behind the 23 meter line they attack
  • The team that was attacking defends and the team that was defending moves into the box behind the 23 meter line.
  • This keeps on turning. The one who gives the most points at the end wins.

  • Tips for the attackers
    • Pass to the free man when in possession of the ball and make sure that someone runs in deep
    • Pass over the backhand side of your opponent
    • When not in possession of the ball, close the lines to the people in the box behind the 23-metre line
  • Tips for the defenders
    • Make sure you defend outside the circle so that they cannot strike
    • Keep up with your own man
    • Close the backhand side so they cannot pass over it
    • If you do have the ball, find the space and keep passing until there is a gap and you can pass to the people in the box

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  • An extension of the exercise of attacking on the right among defenders.
  • The aim of the exercise is for the 3 attackers to get past the two defenders in an effective manner.
  • Let them do it again a number of times.
  • Then repeat the exercise they did before.
  • This is exactly what they should do, only now there are defenders present and they have to look even more closely and hit the safe pass.

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  • A and B want to score on the goal together
  • A passes the ball first back to B.
  • When A has played the ball, the tackle back runner may start running back and it is a 2 on 2.
  • When the defenders capture the ball they may score in the little goal on the right.
  • Tips for the attackers
    • Create speed + maintain speed
    • Look at the position of the team-mate to see how you should line up
  • Tips for the defenders
    • Make sure you slow down the game first
    • Keep the axes closed, so push them outwards
  • Exercise 2 times



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  • A starts with the ball and gives a targeted ball to B
  • A runs into the box and starts to defend
  • B receives the ball and accelerates to pass to defender A
  • Other side the same
  • Tips for attackers:
    • Maintain your speed
    • Have already thought about what you are going to do
  • Tips for defenders:
    • Axis must be tight
    • Use the jab to push your opponent to the outside
    • Stand in an active stance.

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  • A starts with the ball and first plays the ball back to B.
  • When B has received the ball, the 3v3 starts and the defenders can start to pressure.
  • Tips for the attackers:
    • Use the exercise of switching the strikers
    • Play only the safe ball
    • Remember the 4 squares in the circle
  • Tips for defenders:
    • Keep your player in the circle
    • Push them to one side
    • Always put pressure on the ball (so do not let them shoot)

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