Hockey drills for all skills



  • Practicing some useful hockey techniques.

Set up

  • The player starts at the top black pilon. 
  • He/she goes through the red slalom and then dribbles towards the (dark) blue pilon. 
  • From the (dark) blue pilon an Indian will follow
  • Dribble to the yellow pilon. 
  • This is followed by passing moves, in this case a drag has been chosen. 
  • With other movements, the pilons may have to stand slightly different. 
  • But here the player runs to the left (end of the L) and drags in front of the 3 pilons the ball forcefully to the right. 
  • This is repeated again and then the player pushes the ball onto the black goal.
  • This exercise can be made easier/complicated. E.g. by changing the passing movements, increasing/reducing the distance of dribbling, making the goal smaller/ larger, adjust the slalom slightly, etc. etc. You can really let your own imagination run wild.


  • A player of Blue (1) passes the ball to e.g. player 2 of Orange. This team tries to score over the 23-metre line in a yellow goal.
  • Blue interferes with the defending of the Orange and tries to capture the ball and score in the normal goal. When Blue is over the 23-metre line, the team-mate at the side-line is allowed to join the game.
  • Blue substitutes with Orange after 2 goals from either team.


Tips Ball possession

  • Pass with good speed and direction.
  • Be available (outside of the field).
  • Use the hard feint pass (flats and push).

Tips Not Ball possession

  • Force the player in ball possession to the side.
  • Provoke making mistakes.
  • Perform a quick counter after conquering ball.

Tips Counter

  • Force the player in ball possession to the side.
  • Provoke making mistakes.
  • Perform a quick counter after conquering ball

Make it easier

  • Make the field deeper (towards the center line).

Make it more difficult

  • 1 extra player per team.


  • The trainer (T) rolls the ball (1) to one of the four front players (for example A).
  • Player A receiving the ball (2) plays a duel with player V1 opposite him.
  • The goal is to score the ball at the opponent's goal.
  • If V1 manages to intercept the ball, he plays it to V2.
  • Now V2 may try to score with player B.
  • After a goal, the form of play starts over again.

Making it easier

  • Play a 1-1 duel on the two fields for a few minutes, after a goal,  the substitute player comes into play.

Make it more difficult

  • After the ball is taken by V1, V1 and V2 may try to score against player A (now it has become a 2-1 game).
  • A has to defend. 
  • If A takes the ball, he plays it to player B. 
  • Player A and B play a 2-2 duel on players V1 and V2.
  • Player 1 asks the ball in front of the pilons and receives the ball from player 3. 
  • At that moment player 2 grabs a ball and dribbles to the back line.
  • Player 1 runs with his/her ball to the circle and finishes there.
  • Then player 1 runs to the penaltyspot where he/she receives the ball from player 3.
  • The ball is then finished on goal again.
  • It works just like a normal game only now there's a square in the middle.
  • If a shot or other foul is made, or if the ball has been out of bounds, the trainer throws/plays in a new ball from inside the square.
  • The ball does not necessarily go to the same team or at the place where the foul was made.
  • The size of the field depends on the number of players.
  • Player 1 plays the ball to player 2 after which player 1 runs through
  • Player 2 bounces the ball back to Player 1,
  • Player 1 aligns the ball between the pilons (The player is not going to run into the "pilon box".)
  • Player 1 then finishes the ball at goal

You can speed up this exercise by placing the mirrored exercise on the other side, allowing you to play from 2 sides.



To become physically as well as technically warm as preparation for the training.

Set up:

The exercise will be done with a maximum of 4 people. Of course you can put a multiple of these so that the exercise still works.

1. The players 1 start with the ball and play it to their players 2. Then they change positions.

2. Players 2 play the ball back to players 1 and also change positions.



  • You can vary the way of passing (hitting, push, flats)
  • Increase the distance between the pilons that players only has to run further.
  • Increase the distance between the pilons that players have to pass over longer distances
  • Increase both distances.
  • Increase speed.
  • Make as many successful passes as possible in time.

Points of attention:

  • Sit low for a good control.
  • Stick to the ground at ball control.
  • Play the ball on the forehand side.
  • Stand still while performing a ball control.
  • Person 1 dribbles with the ball, does a 3D trick 
  • and passes a backhand to player 2 while running. 
  • Player 2 passes the ball to player 3 in the run. 
  • He dribbles along the obstacles and does a 3D trick at the end, 
  • Then player 3 hits the goal with a backhand shot.


  • Balls are at the first pilon. 
  • The player at the first pilon passes the ball to the second pilon,
  • who pushes the ball through the pilons to the third person. 
  • The third person runs in on the ball and runs even further, 
  • then he pushes the ball to person 4 while he's running. 
  • Person 4 runs around the pilons and passes the ball at the top of the circle, 
  • where person 5 has just run up to finish the ball in the goal.