Tag Archives: Netherlands

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 (!!) […]

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:  […]