This is a skill that we have been doing a fair bit of recently in training sessions although it is not that easy to find a video of.
This one below shows the basics of how to perform the skill. As mentioned previously this technique is best used if you have you back to goal under pressure. It can be a very useful technique if you are not far out from goal for a few reasons
The 1st is that it is a surprise and keepers are not likely to be expecting a shot to be hit in this way when it looks like the defender has the situation under control. The 2nd main benefit is that with the defender in the way the keeper is likely to be unsighted this means that they have far less time to react. The 3rd main benefit is that it is very tough for a defender to prevent the shot, it can force a defender to change their natural game.
The next video shows a good attacking option that can be used to steal the ball if a defender is making a stationery trap.
This can be very effective around the attacking D if the defender has managed to cut out a pass. It can also be slightly adapted to direct the ball towards a defensive foot if they have not managed to protect their feet.
The advanced skills for today relate again to what are known as 3D skills. In these particular examples it shows one of the options for lifting the ball over a flat defense stick.
One of the most important parts of this in a game situation is to not get too close to the defender before making this move as it will allow the defender the change to make the tackle before the lift has taken place.
Having worked on this in training today here is a quick recap on reverse edge passing. This is slightly different to the previous blog post on the reverse hit here. Over this season i will be looking for both 1st and 2nd team players to become comfortable using the reverse side.
In this particular video please play particular attention to her hands, as you will see she turns the stick 'inside' or 'underneath' this is different to the more standard indian dribble where you turn over the top of the ball.
Going this way allows for a far faster change of hand position.
Today's video is based on creating space, one of the main ways to do this is through lead runs. These can be used to create space either for yourself or a team mate.
One of the difficulties with this is often the best runs end up with a team mate receiving the ball in space. It is not always easy to see that it was your run that created that space which can lead to players being disappointed at not receiving the ball.
Performed well as an attacking group this will create lots of space and test how well the defense can communicate.
Although not often considered an advanced skill marking is an integral part of the game for both defenders and midfielders. Performed well it can be used to isolate an opposition player and to remove passing options from the player in possession.
The video below shows both an example of front marking and being tight to a player, these are 2 things often overlooked here where players will often look to allow the player to receive before making a tackle. This is a higher risk strategy than intercepting the ball before it reaches the opposition player
Today's advanced skill is based around defending and is known as the shave tackle. This is more often performed by an attacking player tracking back.
Due to it's difficulty often the main use after attempting it once is in channelling the attacking player as well as keeping their head down. As always it is also important to judge the match situation when using this style of challenge as it could end up in a Penalty Stroke and card if you are the last player.
This is a skill most often used on a bouncing ball on the reverse side as it is generally easier and more powerful to use the standard reverse stick technique.
Although not a skill that is required too often it is certainly something worth knowing for attacking players, it is especially effective if hit with a short and fast swing due to the surprise element
One of the skills that i most often hear people ask about is the aerial.
The 2 videos below show all the points to concentrate on, with the 2nd video also going into some information on using the skill with the ball moving as well as how to bring the ball down.
With hockey relying on a touch in the attacking D for a goal it is vital to create space to allow time for a shot or to be an option to receive a pass.
The 3D skills shown in the previous blog will help you to create that space, but there may be situations where there is not space for that. The ability to hit the ball on the turn can really help as well as make it incredibly hard for the defender.
It is important to note that the squeeze shot in the demo works best on Waterbased pitches and would not be recommended on Claremont.
Although not specific to the D the video below shows an example of the different skills International players use to create space and beat a player.
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