Hockey drills for push pass

Receiving backhand 

  • A starts with the ball and pushes the ball on the backhand of B
  • B receives the ball with the backhand
  • B takes the ball with his forehand and drives to the slalom
  • Slaloms between the cones and finishes with a flat on goal.
  • Lift exercise
  • A starts with the ball and slaloms around the pawns
  • Between each cone there is a beam and they lift the ball over it
  • After the last lift they push the ball to B
  • B takes and shoots at goal with a flat
  • Flats,
  • Open take,
  • Accelerate & push pass from the run (if necessary, alternate the exercise with other techniques such as hit, push pass, backhand pass)

Goal: Build up by moving the ball.


  1. 1 starts with the ball and plays it to 2
  2. 2 plays the ball back to 1
  3. 1 plays the ball to 3
  4. 3 plays the ball to 4
  5. 4 starts the attack and may choose how he does this

Point of attention: The defenders try to get rid of the ball as quickly and skillfully as possible

  • 2 equal teams, or in case of odd numbers with a joker,
  • try to keep the players on the team for as long as possible.
  • This can be done through short replay, the duel and then replay.


  • To regain that ball feeling and get back into the swing of things.

Set up

  • The players form pairs
  • and they stand opposite each other on a few meters (5 for example).
  • Then they start pushing each other.
  • At a certain moment, they take some more distance and start flattening.

: To get warm through a combination of passing, running, and picking up in the run and from standstill.

:This exercise is also known from volleyball. The pawns are not exactly in a triangle. It is possible, depending on the number of players, to set up a multiple of the exercise.

  1. The player at A passes the ball straight to the player at B.
  2. The player at B plays the ball to the player at C and runs towards point A.
  3. The player at C receives the ball at point D and passes it to point A.
  4. For the changeover, A runs to B, B via D to C and C to A.



  • Variations can be made in terms of stroke. (hit, push, flats)
  • The distances can be made larger or smaller to adjust the level of difficulty.
  • Pawns can be placed to play in between. This is to increase the purity. When you make the cones smaller, the degree of difficulty increases.
  • To play the ball from C to D there can be bounced.
  • To play the ball from D to A you can play bounce.
  • You can also place point C on the other side so that you reverse backhand and forehand.
  • When you place point C at 90 degrees from point B, you can do the same exercise, only then you will hit point D from a different angle.
  • When you set up different situations, you can rotate the exercise. Situation A is the standard, in situation B the exercise is mirrored, in situation C the exercise is set up so that point B and C are at 90 degrees from each other and situation D is a mirror of situation C.

Points of attention:

  • As a trainer you can take a good look at the different techniques of your players.
  • Sit low at the take-off.
  • When playing the ball from C to D, the ball may not shoot too far in the direction of A. The intention is that the player coming from B should take the ball at right angles.
  • Play the ball on the forehand where possible.
  • Stand ready to receive the ball. (low to the ground, stick on the ground)

: Various technical forms to warm up.

:The exercise can be set up one-sided or two-sided. This depends on the number of players in the training.

  1. At point A, the player makes a drag and passes the pawns. Then he passes to the player at point B.
  2. The player at point B takes the ball and dribbles to point C. From there he passes to the player at point C.
  3. The player receives the ball and turns towards the goal, completing the pass
  4. Before turning, you run after the ball. Point D rejoins point A again.



  • You can set up the exercise single-sided and double-sided.
  • You can also choose to warm up the goalkeeper in this way.
  • At C, you can switch sides. If you are coming from the right, play the ball to the right, so that you can practise from both sides.

Points of attention:

  • This is a good time to look at different techniques of your players and polish them.
  • When turning and dribbling, the ball must stay on the stick.
  • There is only one point at C, so players should not get in each other's way and look for the next ball to enter play.
  • All balls are played into the forehand of the teammates.

:The purpose is to teach you how to make space for your teammates by claiming a defender to you.


  1. It looks like the player at point A is going to take the ball out, but instead of doing so he leaves the ball and runs to point C.
  2. At the moment that the player at A runs away, the player at point B takes over his position.
  3. The player with the defender at point C runs in as soon as he sees the player at point A leave the ball and run towards him.
  4. The ball is taken out towards point D.
  5. At point D the ball is taken out and played to point C. After playing the ball this player walks to point E.
  6. The player now at point C plays the ball to the player running to point E.



  • You can also mirror the exercise on the other side.
  • When D can bounce the ball instead of taking it and playing it, the speed increases significantly.
  • When C can also rebound, this increases the speed and effectiveness
  • You can also give the C defender a more active role by having him try to get in front of his man.

Points of attention

  • The smoother the exercise runs, the harder it is to defend it.
  • Passes must be accurate for the exercise to be successful.
  • Because there are many changes of position, it is important that you explain the exercise step by step.
  • Player 1 plays the ball with a hard push into the attacker who has come running from the spot.
  • The attacker takes the ball strongly and passes it back.
  • Player 1 plays the ball to the side.
  • The player on the side plays the ball directly to the corner.
  • Now the team can shift via the left.
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