Category Archives: Opinion

Pinner making the wrong move?

With the breaking news of Beeston’s prized goalkeeper George Pinner leaving behind his long term team, debuting for them in his university years, England’s first choice has made a strange decision at what is a key time in the build-up to the Olympic calendar and in fact in his very own career. After making all […]

Oh Eindhoven…. Is Wonderful

  This year the mens team from Oranje Zwart (the biggest hockeyclub from Eindhoven) became the Dutch national hockey champion for the second time in its history. Champion of the league that is considered to be the strongest in the world. Last year OZ wasn’t so lucky as they lost in the final against HC […]

Playing Styles

Many quotes have been used about passing the ball instead of driblling. A few examples: `The ball never gets tired` `Nobody can be faster than the ball` `You think you are the postman delivering the mail?’ (Spanish expression) There are some teams that do a lot of running with the ball (dribbling) while others prefer […]

Gucassoff’s stick: trick or cheat?

You’ll have to excuse the poor attempted wordplay for a pun (Halloween was quite some time ago now!) to introduce this article, but it seemed worth having a go summarising the article up in a light-hearted manner! With the Euro Hockey League tournament finals running this weekend just gone, there was a chance to see […]

Cognitive Abilities

I wanted to write something focussing on coaching female sports because I thought it would be something that could help encourage non-playing team members to spend more time with women, an area of sport that is growing every day but still has so much more potential to discover. I thought this article would be something […]

“I Love To Watch You Play” should come first

One excellent coaching philosophy for the hockey coaching of children is: “Hockey is not so much a competition between our bodies as a celebration of them”. Celebrating our bodies is done through the joys of running, passing, hitting a ball and sharing with friends in the team. Youth sports thrive on parent-coaches. One estimate finds that parents […]

Coaching dilemmas in new teams

This is my first piece for Self–pass.com, but for the past 18 months I have written my own hockey blog (bcuckowanalysisandcoaching).  My background is that I am English, studied Sports Coaching in Wales and have moved to the Netherlands to pursue a career in hockey.     Many coaches each season have to face one of the following two scenarios.  First being a new team: this is either a […]

Indoor Hockey, the best kept secret of Germany!?

In this mellow winter nothing better than talking about the most beautiful event of this period, (no, it’s not Christmas) the indoor hockey season and the importance of this variant for player development. Allowed me to start with some facts: some weeks ago, Germany U21 won the Junior World Cup for the 6th time (!!) […]

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 […]