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Discussion in 'General Hockey Chit-Chat' started by Matt112, Jan 30, 2018.
If you want to get past someone what is your go to champagne skill?
"the magic wand" - I wave my stick over the ball without touching it and the defender expects me to do something and the ball rolls through their legs.
I pass to my team mate and then get on my bike hoping for the return pass.
That is me too except my bike has a puncture LOL
Pass it to them, and then try to take it off them.
I'm a better tackler than dribbler.
Big defensive wind up and whack it hard at a team mate.
Although for the first time in years I may not be playing defence this weekend ( no game so playing down a team ) so may end up having to dust off a few skills that i haven't used since we played league games on grass...
Drag it to the right.
The ball is only a few inches from the goal line but I still dive and ram it in for good measure. Then stand up and punch the air like I've achieved something monumental. I carry a lot of melolin plasters in my kit bag.
Pass it to my inside midfielder, then run for the return line ball.
I have to remind kids every week. No fancy, just beat the guy.
Do you think 3D skills are overrated in the modern game?
No, but I do think basic skills are undervalued. Kids who can't control a ball flat while stationary are trying to juggle while running. Kids who can't push a ground ball straight are trying to throw overheads. Kids who can't hit the target in open drills try to find the top corner in pressure games.
They want to emulate the heroes they see on TV but nobody shows them the hours of boring back-and-forward, side-to-side work that gets them there and nobody can make them do it without the kid choosing.
For my teams, I want fancy only when fancy will work and simple will not.
The teenagers that I'm instructing only want to be able to drag flick and g turn.
Never mind being able to trap the ball and body positioning.
Its a struggle coaching.
But rewarding. Sometimes.
don't we all?
My current struggle is teaching decision making to stronger players, should i try and beat 6 players in the D at once? YES, obviously if i succeed that means i will get a shot at the end even though I only manageto make space for the shot 1/5 times I try. NO! put the ball on a foot and have a free shot from top D off the short corner you won.
There does seem to be a level of competence that kids get to where they start to have a slightly unreal belief in themselves. They will start to want to do things by themselves when there are much better option available to them and in some of them you might even see a bit of chirping at others to lift their game and do it properly while they ignore the flaws in their own play. It is the coaches job to work with them to get past this hump and get to where they are happy to know they could probably beat those 6 players but are even happier to see their team mate unmarked in a better (likelier) position to score and choosing to go with that option. It is a never ending struggle. I have one girl this indoor season who is magic at finding herself unmarked on the second post and all the other players use this to the teams advantage, drag the GK out, make the pass, we get further ahead. It has made her the second highest scorer in the league. But all too often when it is her turn to carry the ball into the circle she ignores/fails to see the player on the far post and shoots instead. Her success rate there is like 1 in 10. I hope I can change it before finals. I hope you can find solutions to your problem too.