Tag Archives: Coaching

Not being afraid to throw the textbook out the window

It is important for goalkeepers to have polished technique, but there is a case in argument for the goalkeeper in hockey having forgotten how important it is just to battle and keep the ball out the goal. The modern goalkeeper in a lot of mainstream sports may be incredibly well drilled, dieted and psychologically sound […]

Teambuilding, Team Dynamics and Leadership in the Game of Field Hockey

“The  way a team plays as a whole determines its success.   You may have the  greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play  together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”    Perceiving the team aspect in the game of hockey, we can go a long way back. Field hockey is […]

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 […]

EHF High Level Coaching Seminar

During the Trifinance EuroHockey Championships in Antwerpen 5 weeks ago, the European Hockey Federation held a High Level Coaching Seminar, here is a summary that I wrote to the EHF website about the seminar: During the last TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom (Antwerpen), Belgium I had the opportunity together with other coaches from the EHF […]

The cult of unpredictability

 Since I am living in The Netherlands it was interesting and important to realize (specially having in mind other countries that I know well like Portugal or Spain) a fascinating sociocultural characteristic: a high level of “aversion to uncertainty”. The “aversion to uncertainty” is visible and manifests clearly in some characteristics of the Dutch society:  […]