Category Archives: Opinion

‘The correct ranking would change the Rio Games but most likely not its winner!’ by Ernst Baart

The FIH world ranking is not a correct representation of the actual worth of hockey nations on a global scale. It considers the ranking of non relevant tournaments such as the Champions Trophy and the continental championships. Let me explain… The Champions Trophy should not be considered because it is (or has become) an invitational […]

Rio2016 Preview by Justin Reid-Ross

  The hockey competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics will undoubtedly be the most exciting one yet. The world’s top teams are all coming into form and with 3 days until the first match, let’s take a look at the teams, their key players and how they might fare.     Group A   Australia […]

Laurine Delforge – Playing or Umpiring?

Playing or umpiring? That is the question I often get asked. As if there was a choice to be made. There is none. You just don’t give up on your passions, no matter how many there may be. I have always been exceedingly passionate about sports since a very young age. Growing up I tried […]

A big adventure in front of you!

For the first time on the pitch as an umpire is like driving a car for the first time. You have studied the rules, have passed your exam and than the real moment arrived. Full of knowledge but also full of nerves you walk on the pitch together with your colleague to meet the captains […]

5 things you must do now if you are an athlete trying to get your brand out there

It’s becoming more and more challenging in today’s competitive world to gain brands, media and fans attention. If you are an athlete looking for good endorsement deals (and let’s face it, elite sport is a business so you need to get as many sponsors as you can to ensure you not only survive but also […]

Paul MacKinnon – A Story of the Average Player?

  Hi, my name is Paul MacKinnon. While ago I was asked to write something for Self-Pass and I’ve sat on it. I’ve read stories of some amazing people and their achievements and thought “my achievements don’t come anywhere near them, what can I write about that would be interesting?” To give you an idea […]

What would you change in Hockey | Part 3

ANDREU ENRICH (Spain | Former player Terrassa (ESP), Pinoké (NED), Coach Terrassa Women’s 1st) In our sport change has become a constant. Everybody is thinking, criticising and making proposals about the best changes can be implemented, and this process never stops. Hockey has an inferiority complex (Freud could bring some extra light here!) The sport […]

Coachboekjes.nl – Plan the season, create your own ‘hockey bible’

The hardcover book contains 172 pages, enough to cover 32 matches and 98 training sessions, with a field outline, circle diagrams and room for notes. Size: 200 x 240 mm. Bound with a white O-ring binder allowing the book to completely fold open flat for viewing and writing. The book is both front and back […]

What would you change in Hockey? | Part 1

‘Hockey is a sport in permanent change’ must be the most quoted sentence heard lately, isn’t it? We think and project our game as an open and sophisticated sport; change and innovation are becoming ‘traditional’ regarding rules and formats. This forward thinking that is reshaping the game year after year is sustained by the desire to attract […]

Crown Hockey

Everyone who has played hockey at some point has hit the ball as hard as they can, and this has left many players hands numb. Our hockey stick started as a way of reducing the harsh vibrations felt by all players, particularly in cold weather. Once we started to delve into manufacturingwe realised how much […]