Hockey drills for hitting

  • Exercise B+C
  • B is about the left
  • C is over the right
  • A1 dribbles with ball to A2
  • B guides player A, at 1,5 meter, backwards (open position).
  • This is about footwork, so when A arrives at A2 he just lets A strike at goal.
  • After the hit, A leaves the circle. B turns around and gets a ball from C. B takes a closed approach, turns open and plays the ball.
  • B takes a closed approach, turns open and rounds the goal.
  • Then the exercise starts on the right.

  • At a high level, the drag flick is a common variant of the penalty corner.
  • It is also the only variant where the ball can be played at high speed, high on the goal.
  • Below, the basic technique of the sledge push is explained in 4 steps.
  • The backhand stroke is useful for a shot on goal but also to pass to your teammate.
  • With the backhand, you place your left hand at the end of your stick and your right hand slightly above the middle of your grip.
  • Usually you play a backhand from the barrel.
  • When your right foot is in front you let the ball roll a little bit.
  • Meanwhile you turn your stick to the backhand, you bend your right knee and then you hit the ball with the part of your stick just above the curl (make sure the ball doesn't stick in the curl otherwise you have no control over it).
  • You can make the ball go low or high by turning your stick.
  • With a diagonal stick the ball flies upwards, with a straight stick it stays on the ground.

  • Player 1 plays the ball to player 2 and player 1 runs on
  • Player 2 bounces the ball back to player 1,
  • Player 1 lines up the ball between the pawns (the player himself will not run in the "pawn box".
  • Player 1 finishes the ball on goal.
  • Player 1 runs with the ball to the head circle and hits the goal
  • Player 4 plays the ball to the left where player 2 and defender 1 come running in (2v1)
  • Player 4 plays the ball to the right where player 3 and defender 2 come running in (3v2)
  • Player 4 runs with a ball into the circle and plays off the attack (4v2)
  • Float along the outside of the square.
  • Not only looking at the ball but also looking forward/around you.
  • Orange 1 passes to Blue 2.
  • Blue 2, 3, 4 try to score in the 2 little goals on the back line.
  • Orange 1 tries to get in possession of the ball by defending on its strong side (fh). If he succeeds, he can score in the goal on the middle line (1½ meter wide).
  • The exercise is started again when:
  • Blue scores in 1 of the 2 goals on the back line at Orange.
  • Orange 1 scores in the conversion in the goal of Blue.
  • The ball goes over the back line.

Tips Ball possession

  • Threaten with the ball and speed towards the goal.
  • Look at each other as attackers when offering the ball.
  • Help the ball carrier by running away from the ball.

Tips on no ball possession

  • Guide with stick on the ground, forehand at ball height.
  • Stay out of the ball carrier's physical space.
  • Keep the ball on your forehand side. or v2 to create a 1:2 situation (double).

Passing tips

  • At loss of possession: Pressure the ball immediately, cut off the shortest path to the goal.


  • When gaining the ball: Keep the ball in quick action/goal attempt towards the goal.

Make it more difficult

  • Use 1 goal instead of 2.
  • Vary the tackling.


3 (4) against 2 + goalkeeper

: demarcated space (on half a field)


  • The form starts when blue 1 passes to orange 1.
  • Orange 1, 2 and 3 ( possibly 4) try to score in the goal.
  • Blue 1 and 2 try, by working together, to take over possession of the ball on their strong side and then to score in one of the little goals on the centre field (circle size about 3 metres).

The form stops when:

  • Orange scores in the goal.
  • Blue scores in the conversion in one of the little goals on the half way line.
  • The ball goes over the back line.


  • Ball over the sideline is a normal strike.
  • Foul is a normal free hit.

Tips on ball possession

  • Look before taking the ball (pre-scanning) and recognise space.
  • Take free hits and hits as quickly as possible.
  • Use push passes.

Tips on non-ball possession

  • Work together (cover each other's backs), give pressure on the ball, keep the ball on your defensive forehand side (fake space).
  • Force a pass to the back or force a pass wide; this is better than a deep pass.
  • Make sure you are always between the ball and your own goal

Switching tips

  • On losing the ball:
    • Keep pressure on the ball straight away
    • Get between the ball and your own goal as quickly as possible and help your team-mate
  • On winning the ball:
    • Look for the free space
    • Play a confident pass or accelerate strongly yourself.
  • Make it easier
    • Vary the method of passing (e.g. push pass) or initial pass to another player.
  • Make it more difficult
    • Increase Pressure:
      • Who scores the most goals in 10 ball starts);
      • can Orange 1,2,3 score within 30 sec.


  • Two teams with substitutes, substitutions are made when a goal is scored.
  • Each person defends a goal, on each field there are 5 goals,
  • so there are also 5 people who defend these goals.
  • If a goal is scored in your goal, you have to sit on the sidelines and you become a substitute.
  • A new player (substitute) from the side enters the field and will defend the goal.
  • If a goal is scored, it is 1 point.
  • The team that has the most points at the end of the game is the winner.