Author Archives: theselfpass

First the ball, then everything else

Lately I have been interested in reading some material about the Dutch football coach Rene Meulensteen that revolutionized the way that the football giant Manchester United works in their youth teams and improved some of the most talented international players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin Van Persie or Wayne Rooney and it was inspiring to realize […]

The goalkeepers goalie

Today we have an opinion piece from the English Daniel Grim, that is an enthusiastic writer and focus his analysis in goalkeeping. Dan is also a OBO KR columnist and share his thoughts about the misinterpretation of some goalkeepers ability. Within the “goalkeeper’s union”, the community of goalie fellowship, the band of brothers of the […]

EHF High Level Coaching Seminar

During the Trifinance EuroHockey Championships in Antwerpen 5 weeks ago, the European Hockey Federation held a High Level Coaching Seminar, here is a summary that I wrote to the EHF website about the seminar: During the last TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom (Antwerpen), Belgium I had the opportunity together with other coaches from the EHF […]

HOCKEY: A NEW MARKETING APPROACH!

Because he is a felow countryman but also an extremely competent marketing and communications professional, living in both sides of the ‘fence’ primarly developing an extraordinary work in the low budget, low scaled yet dynamic Portuguese Hockey Federation and also collaborating as member of the European Federation Committee of Marketing and Communications , decided to […]

Back to the Roots

  I was born in the beautiful Portuguese coastal town of Cascais where Surf and Bodyboard are among the most popular sport activities right after Football. There in the local surfing community they have some kind of a ‘dialect’ where the word ‘roots’ means that something is relaxed, down-to-earth, has a positive vibe or literally […]

The cult of unpredictability

 Since I am living in The Netherlands it was interesting and important to realize (specially having in mind other countries that I know well like Portugal or Spain) a fascinating sociocultural characteristic: a high level of “aversion to uncertainty”. The “aversion to uncertainty” is visible and manifests clearly in some characteristics of the Dutch society:  […]

‘Slapping in every occasion?’ by Arseni Sañe

The experienced Catalonian coach Arseni Sañe (Terrassa, 1970)  share his vision about the misuse of passing techniques in the youth stages, particularly in Spain. Arseni has build a solid career as a player of the first team and coach of several youth teams in Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club, current superstars like Santi Freixa or Roc […]

Sport: The good war!

I’m here to remember the importance of one of Mankind’s greatest invention ever. To reclaim its rightful title. In the sublime hierarchy of our accomplishments Fire, Wheel, Music and Internet are some of our general first toughts. Unfortunately we often forget this one; Sports. Behold the onset of a new beggining. In the reign of […]