Hockey drills for ball control

  1. defender 1 passes to attacker 1
  2. attacker 1 to attacker 2
  3. through pass from attacker 2 to attacker 1
  4. defender 1 defends on attacker 1 when he has received the through pass
  5. attacker 2 attacks > 2v1


  • The exercise is meant to simulate a game.
  • It is therefore intended that one team consists of the defenders/defending midfielders and the other team consists of the attackers.
  • The attackers can score in the normal goal (decide if they can hit high as in the game).
  • The defending side can score by driving the ball.
  • Over the line of the goals on the half way line.   
  • The attackers learn to play over and finish at goal and the defending side learns to defend to the outside.  


  • Two teams with subs, there's a change if there's a score.
  • Each person defends a goal, there are five goals on each field, so there are also five people defending these goals.
  • If a goal is scored in your goal, you have to sit on the side and switch.
  • A new player (sub) enters the field from the side and defends the goal.
  • If there's a goal, it's a point.
  • The team with the most points at the end of the match is the winner.
  • The exercises can be played in 2 variations: the one for real beginning hockey players (this exercise can be used for a clinic for example) and the one for beginning hockey players who have already been in contact with hockey.
  • Variant 1:
  • Player 1 plays the ball to player 2, he takes the ball and passes on to player 3.
  • Player 3 takes the ball and shoots at goal.
  • Player 4 tries to stop the ball with the bottom of the foot or with the stick.
  • Player 4 picks up the ball and joins the row at the back of the starting pilon of player 1.
  • For safety's sake, don't shoot at goal when player 4 takes the ball. 
  • The balls can also be taken out of the goal later on or use a break for that.
  • This is for safety reasons.

open and closed receptions

  • Number one calls "open" or "closed" and then plays the ball to number two.
  • Number two comes running into the ball and takes it on according to what was called.
  • Then number two calls "open" or "closed" and plays the ball to number three.
  • Number three enters the ball and takes it on according to what was called again.
  • Then number three runs over the back line into the circle and plays it at the head of the circle to number four.
  • Number four finishes on target.
  • Passing: 
    • push, slap, hit, overhead, running lob
  • Receiving:
    • FH: left hand forward, walk/run into the bal, open- closed control
    • BH: receive with a high backhand run into direction of the ball
  • Note: receive always on the move 
  • Defender plays the ball to the right back. 
  • Right half pulls in and right front goes deep. 
  • Defender gives a deep pass on the right front. 
  • Right front turns away and plays the ball back on the midfielder. 
  • Midfielder puts the ball back on the other central defender who comes in. 
  • Pass to left back and then perform the same exercise as over right.
  • 3 persons stand at the pilons and try not to let the player in the middle touch the ball. 
  • It is important that the diagonal pass is not made possible. 
  • So the players without the ball have to stand in the corners compared to the player with the ball.
  • Put out a square of 10 by 10 meters. 
  • A player is placed at 3 pilons. 
  • One pilon remains empty. 
  • The player with the ball plays to the pilon without a player. 
  • The player standing diagonally runs to the pilon and receives the ball. And so on. 
  • In this way, the next goal is reached: 
    • a lot of movement, 
    • playing while running
    • take it in motion.
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