Tag Archives: Coaching

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 […]

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 […]

FHAnalytics – Field Hockey Analytics

It all started one day when one of the application co-creator got tired of managing game statistics through spreadsheets, week after week, month after month. One of the goals of the FHA application is to help coaching staffs in their decision making process by streamlining the use of statistics from their own games as well […]

A real Dutch coach: Sjoerd Marijne

Who is Sjoerd Marijne? I have been 10 years player in the first team of Den Bosch and have been 14 year coach of several teams. Besides that I have a family with 4 children and a company called ML Hockey Support what I am doing together with Raoul Ehren (coach of Den Bosch ladies).  We have the dream to let every child […]

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 […]

Valentin ‘Vali’ Verga

Who is Valentin Verga? Valentin Verga is a fieldhockey player who was born in Buenos Aires and fell in love with the beautiful sport named hockey. How would you describe yourself as player? I’m a creative midfielder/ striker who enjoy having fun with the ball, but doesn’t like to defend (haha). You think that your […]

Xavi ‘Matador’ Arnau

Who is Xavi Arnau? Former hockey player, played for Atletic Terrassa (1991-2000), R.C.Polo Barcelona (2000-2004) and Harvesterhuder HTC (1998). Also with the National Spanish Team. Currently I am a Coach, started with the women’s team of R.C.Polo, after that Club de Campo women’s also and finally Club de Campo men’s during 7 years. Now I […]

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 […]