Tag Archives: coach

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 […]

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 comes first: the egg or the chicken?

What comes first: The technique or the tactics? The overall objectives or the short term ones? The general plan or the singularities of each group? These are ‘tricky’ questions and ones very difficult to give the ‘right’ answer. In such a complex sport like hockey, from a practical execution point of view, it is primordial […]

José Mourinho – Dichotomies of a Genius

Since the summer holidays are about the end for the majority of us and the hockey season will soon start, I’ve decided to add an article from a good friend of mine that is not about hockey (for a change) but about leadership and management style from a coach that is loved by few and […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Less is More?’ by Ernst Baart

The start of a new year often is used to contemplate what has been done and how to learn from this towards the plans for the future. Which is a good thing to do on a regular basis and maybe more often than once a year… Last year I’ve written several blog articles with my […]

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 (!!) […]