Hockey drills for defense

  • A starts with the ball and wants to score with their team in the small goal
  • The 2 defenders want to take the ball away and score in 1 of the 2 small goals
  • Task of the attackers is to play the ball to the free player
  • take the forehand, turn away and accelerate
  • A starts with the ball and pushes it to B
  • B receives the ball with his forehand
  • Turns away and accelerates drifting around the cones
  • Shoots at goal with a flat ball
Lift pass

  • A starts with the ball and push the ball to B
  • B takes the ball and pushes it back to A
  • B runs around the cone
  • A gives a lift pass to B who offers himself for the ball from A.
  • B takes the ball and shoots at goal with a flat.
  • 1 on 1
  • A starts with the ball and is the defender
  • A pushes the ball to B, B is the attacker
  • B wants to score in the red goal (this is the backhand side of the opponent)
  • A would rather have the opponent go to the other side
  • Let them start hitting in such a way that you push your opponent towards their forehand
Offering in depth

  • A starts with the ball and gives a push to B
  • B receives the ball and sees that C is running in depth
  • B gives a push to C
  • C takes the ball and shoots at goal with a flat.
  • 2v1 with pass in depth
  • A starts with the ball and drives towards the pawn
  • From then on the defender can try to take the ball away from A
  • A and B want to score in the goal together
  • Ideally, you want them to run and hit the ball from deep
  • Let them try a few times and then explain what you want to see as the coach
  • 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.


1 v 1

  • Make a square from 5m-5m and play a 1v1. the defender is only allowed to defend with his body so no stick.
  • Focus on defence.
  • Use your body to force them to go to your strong side.
  • When you push them to the side make a block tackle.
  • Block tackle is always on the forehand, 2 hands on the stick and step forward.
  • Stick is on the ground.
  • Jab:
  • Make a small square 1m-1m.
  • The defender is inside the square and the attacker tries to get the ball inside the square.
  • The defender use the jab to defend his square.
  • You jab with your stick to the ball.
  • Left foot in front and right food in the back (not flat fooded).
  • Use your stick as poke.

High tempo switching in a match form.

  • 3 teams (blue, red & white);
  • Each team consists of 3, 4 or 5 players;
  • Attacking team (A) has 1 player in excess (so 3:2, 4:3 ...);
  • One player of the defending team (B) stands in the box next to the trainer;
  • Non-playing team (C) stands at the centre line;
  • When A has scored, they defend with n-1 men;
  • Team B sets up at the half way line and then attacks.
  • Left-right alternate.
  • Coach puts ball in play.
  • Turn over:
    • Attack on the left: Blue attacks, white defends, red is ready on the right (II)
    • Attack on right: Blue defends (n-1), Red attacks, White prepares on left (I)
    • Attack over left: White attacks, Red defends (n-1), Blue stands ready (II)
  • First pass wide
  • players moves the ball inside other attacker move outside
  • 2 options walking inside passing outside
  • 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)
  • There are at least 2 teams
  • The field is the 23, from marker to other marker
  • You may shoot on goal from any position in the field if not dangerous
  • After 2 goals by the same team the losing team switches (After 3 wins the winning team switches)

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