Author Archives: theselfpass

A lighthouse called EHL

In my sunny hometown Cascais, there is this lighthouse called Farol de Santa Marta. I have always thought of it as a beautiful and meaningful building.  It literally and figuratively enlightens, shows the way, it was a reference for the those at sea but also for the ones inland.  It’s tall and colourful construction exists in […]

Fading Playgrounds

‘There was formerly a capacity for light-heartedness and play which has been to some extent inhibited by the cult of efficiency. The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.’ This quote from the late British philosopher Bertrand Russel, had a profound […]

The Players Voice – Mental approach of Drag Flick

There is already (some) information available out there about different drag flick techniques and exercises, but like in so many areas of such a rich tactical and technical game like hockey, I was curious to listen about the mental approach of such a special area of the game.Decided to ask some of the most outstanding […]

Indoor Hockey is S.E.X.Y.

    I adore the game of indoor hockey… Who doesn’t?! But I am also convinced that is a fundamental tool to develop and promote the ‘mother’ sport field hockey at a world scale. The enthusiasm and passion about indoor hockey is currently shared by so many people around the (hockey) world that I feel […]

#Copyrights or #Hockeyrights?

As you do in a 3 hours flight, I got slightly bored and decided to write some lines about current state of affairs on our beautiful sport. I know, this is not the most original topic and according to the reading stats of our website coaching or technical articles are way more popular for our […]

A great (partly accidental) build-up!

Watch this clip from the last European Championship final between Netherlands and Belgium:   This is a personal favorite because it is very effective and enjoyable attacking play with enough tactical and technical content worth taking a deeper observation. I will try to break it down in simple stages and explain why this is such […]

Push it.

First thing I notice in any player? The ‘touch’. The way a player touches and moves the ball, the control, the absorption during the receiving and the ‘right’ tension in a passing or dribbling action. Take a look at this clip: Besides being a fantastic goal from the German team, this clip has enough ‘rich’ […]

Basic Concepts: Defensive Structures

In this piece will talk about the main defensive structures in hockey. I have decided to share some thoughts on this topic, as it seems to me, that certain tactical and technical components, are currently neglected or undervalued at every level of coaching. The information below is a result of my practical learning and tactical […]

Russia: The dark side!

At the Olympics in Pyeongchang, Russia won gold medals in ice hockey. In summer, major Russian cities will host the 2018 World Cup, and all the people will talk about football. Field hockey in our country does not receive a hundredth attention as at least one of these sports does. Today I want to talk […]

Effective Play

In this article, will share some thoughts about how to play effectively on the midfield. How midfielders positioning themselves off the ball, their receiving styles and general behaviour. For a long time I have been fascinated by players like Juan Escarré, Rob Hammond, John-John Dohmen, Tobias Hauke, Sander Baart, Matias Rey and recently for a few upcoming […]