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Jenelle Downs: Defensive Diamond/Bowl Progressions

with Jenelle Downs,
Centre College Head Coach;
5x SAA Coach of the Year;
NFHCA Region Coach of the Year (2017);
2017 NCAA Elite Eight appearance

Field hockey is a complex game and rote learning strategies will only take your team so far. What you need are tactically flexible players. In this video, Centre College head coach Jenelle Downs shows her blueprint to make athletes more versatile.

Coach Downs explains how to progressively place your defenders under increasing stress using flexible open-ended, multi-phase exercises that promote problem-solving and creativity.

Defense Drill Progressions

In a series of open-ended repeat drills, Downs shows how to teach players to become better defenders by:

  • Outletting effectively under pressure from active opposition
  • Running correct recovery lines after a turnover
  • Communicating clearly to organize quickly

In a half-field transition drill that trains all aspects of the game, Downs trains her defenders to work together in numbers-down situations to nullify opposition attacks and then launch counter-attacks of their own. This is full-on, game-sense training designed to produce cognitive players.

Downs uses a whiteboard to introduce each drill with diagrams and detailed discussions that provide not only the "what" of each drill, but more importantly the "why."

This video from Coach Downs will give you ready-made drills you can use to get your players thinking more creatively on the field. More importantly, you'll observe an approach you can use to build your own drills and practices to ensure that your players continue to grow throughout the course of a season.

51 minutes. 2019.

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Field Hockey Tactics and Strategies Tape 2: Team Defense
with Missy Meharg,
University of Maryland Head Coach;
2008 National Champions;
7X National Coach of the Year; 5X NCAA Championship Coach

In this excellent presentation on building and practicing a successful team defense set-up, Missy Meharg uses visual aids on the chalkboard, on a simulated field, and on the practice field with demonstrators to show how she sets up her defense in each third of the field. Using the 5-3-2 formation as a guide, Coach Meharg explains the position and responsibilities of each area and the decisions a coach needs to consider. This is an excellent presentation that will show you how to organize effective team defense.

55 minutes. 2001.

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6 Principles & Practices for Building a Dominating Defense
with Beth Bozman,
Duke University Head Coach,
2003, '04 and '05 NCAA Runner-Up

In the 2004 season, Coach Bozman's dominating defense held opponents to just 33 goals for the entire season! In this video, Coach Bozman teaches and demonstrates her overpowering and unique defensive system. Bozman shares with you her six principles for building an effective defense that can be implemented into your daily practice routine. The six principles include: 1) Drop pass, 2) Covering the passing lane, 3) Eliminating options, 4) Support on the ball, 5) Communication, and 6) Cutting the field in half. Each principle is demonstrated thoroughly on the marker board along with extensive on the field demonstration. These principles can be used with any team, at any level. Bozman also suggests how they can be modified to help inspire your team to be a successful defensive machine. In addition, she demonstrates and diagrams drills that complement and fine-tune these principles to help build a dominating defense!

43 minutes. 2004.

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