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What would you change in Hockey? | Part 2

This is the second of the three parts of the article ‘What would you change in Hockey?’. In mid September we have publish the first part that you can read it here, and now we decided to invite different guests, again from different backgrounds to share their vision about what could change in our sport. […]

Behind the scenes

I’ve been fortunate enough to see a wide range of destinations, experience diverse cultures and make life memories through hockey. The one thing we have in common, is the love of the game and the privilege of representing one’s country. The most common misconception is that a hockey tour, is like a personal holiday. People’s […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]