Tag Archives: Coaching

Where are we heading? | Australia 2.0

Looking back to the World Cup in Den Haag: what a beautiful, well organized, colorful and massive tournament. Hopefully a turning point for this exquisite sport! Lately, mostly in the last decade hockey suffered innumerous changes, some for the benefit of the game and others for the sake (need) of a bigger popularity around the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Effect of scoreline on pass outcome

Overview This blog post is the first of a three-part series into the effect that score-line has upon passing in hockey. For these blogs, score-line refers to whether the analysed team at the time of performing a pass was behind (losing), level (drawing) or ahead (winning). This blog will examine pass outcome, which is the […]

“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 […]

‘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 (!!) […]