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Jenelle Downs Field Hockey 2-Pack

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.


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 technical game, and while technical ability is important, coaching proper technique is the easier part. Coaching 'tactically flexibility', on the other hand, leaves many coaches stumped and frustrated.

In this video, Centre College head coach Jenelle Downs shows you how to move past merely coaching the "what" of hockey - to also teach the "why" and "how" - in order to build more complete players, bit by bit.

Building Attack

Using a progression of attacking practice drills, Coach Downs demonstrates how to train your attack systematically, including how to build in 1-2 passes and baseline attacks. You'll learn how to add-in more dynamic off-ball movement to create attacking opportunities ahead of the ball, as well as how to get your players to cue-in with each other to improve success. Coach Downs gives her team detailed on-field feedback demonstrating a positive framework for working with your players.

Through a favorite angled attack drill, which progresses through 3v0, 3v1, 3v2, or 3v3 versions, Downs stresses the importance of communication, off-ball movement, and the attacking space to create more goal scoring opportunities. In this live-play drill, the defense also has a chance to attack if they win possession. This emphasises the importance of transition and the ability to swap roles quickly.

With her detailed whiteboard diagrams and explanations, Coach Downs ensures you will be able to implement these ideas in your next practice.

Coaching Philosophies

In a frank and open discussion of her coaching philosophies, Coach Downs gives you an insight into how to run an effective hockey program. In this discussion, Downs unpacks the roles and responsibilities of players and management and the importance of basing your tactics on the strengths and weaknesses of the players you have. She also covers the importance of breaking down a season into smaller chunks, how to involve injured players, and a variety of other ways to make your program stronger.

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Shiv Jagday Field Hockey 3-Pack
FHD-04781A: with Shiv Jagday, FIH accredited coach;
former Canadian and USA national team coach, coaching national teams in the Olympic Games, World Cups and the Pan Am Games

Improve your team's competitiveness using first touch techniques from former Canadian and USA national team coach Shiv Jagday. You'll learn how to control the ball and force defenders to react to your actions instead of influencing them.

An effective "first touch" of the ball often times ensures successful passing and receiving, ball movement, advancement of the ball and success when facing the defense.

Coach Jagday spends minimal time on individual drills, preferring to work on improving first touch skills within game-like situations. He expertly divides the field and player positions into interlocking, triangular groups of three. From this format, players practice passing and receiving, and build plays for moving the ball down field. As players progress, Jagday increases the space between players thereby challenging their ability and better simulating game situations.

After covering the basics, Coach Jagday discusses how to receive a pass under pressure and draw or entice a defender, then make a pass to the overlapping teammate within the appropriate triangle of players. He demonstrates how focusing on individual technique and delaying a pass, allows the receiver to adjust the leading angles and prepares them to make the next positive move.

The best field hockey players in the world use their first touch to create time and space and to place the defender at a disadvantage. Coach Jagday's first touch techniques and his strategy for dividing the playing field will improve your team's first touch skills and ultimately their level of competitiveness.

I feel that the content of these video provides very valuable information for the coaches of young and developing hockey players in some very core skill areas. They provide not only excellent technical information but also valuable guidelines for coaches on how to develop various skills in their players.

I recommend these videos to any coach or player who wants to learn more about skill development in hockey and improving themselves."
Barry Dancer, FIH Master Coach, Coach of the Australian Men's National Team, which won its first - and only - Olympic Gold Medal at the 2004 Athens Games, under his guidance.

49 minutes. 2015.

FHD-04781B: with Shiv Jagday, FIH accredited coach;
former Canadian and USA national team coach, coaching national teams in the Olympic Games, World Cups and the Pan Am Games

Former Canadian and USA National Team coach Shiv Jagday shows how to develop tackling skills and how to efficiently critique and identify areas of improvement. From his perspective, tackling is position- and field-location specific; one technique does not suit every situation.

In this video you will learn multiple tackling techniques and the best field position for each tackle.

Training for proper tackling starts with being aware of what side of the field you're on and where you want to force the ball. Therefore, an important part of training includes dividing and identifying the different parts of the field. Coach Jagday demonstrates how dividing the field makes it easier for players to understand the best tackle to use.

Jagday shares drills that efficiently teach players and coaches alike the correlation between stance and the various types of tackles. Shadow dancing and footwork drills - with and without the ball - help players develop these important fundamental skills. The defensive stance must allow the player to recover quickly from their tackling efforts.

Once players understand the connection between the tackle they use and the specific part of the field they're on, practice progresses to 1-on-1, 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 drills that better reflect game-like conditions. Coach Jagday explains how tackling is more than simply taking the ball away from the offense.

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Leslie LaFronz Field Hockey 2-Pack

with Leslie LaFronz,
Kean University Head Coach;
2016 and 2017 NJAC Coach of the Year;
19 regular season wings, top seed in the NJAC Tournament and first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2017

In this video, Kean University head coach Leslie LaFronz provides the framework to address the key defensive tactics and strategies that have the greatest impact on game outcomes. This includes helping players recognize various defensive situations (1v1, 2v1, or 3v2), understand how their location on the field impacts their defensive approach, and recognize tough defensive situations and the specific actions required to get the ball out of high percentage scoring zones.

Defensive Drill Progressions

In the 1v1 and 2v1 drills, LaFronz shows how to teach players to become stronger defenders by:

  • Slowing down the attack through smart positioning and patience
  • Gaining an advantage by turning a 2v1 into a 1v1
  • Improving jab tackles through the use of proper defensive grip and an athletic stance
  • Forcing the ball to the defender's strong side and using correct block tackle technique to increase turnovers

In 3v2 drills, LaFronz shows how defenders can work in tandem to get the advantage in critical "numbers down" situations within the defensive circle. You'll learn how to stress accountability and quick decision-making to slow down the attack as one defender steps up to apply hard pressure on the ball and one defender provides cover. Additionally, LaFronz shows how to improve continuity of defensive pressure with clear communication when facing quickly-changing points of attack.

High pressure situations must be controlled by your team by working together to force the ball to the defender's stick side to increase opportunities for quality tackles and pass interceptions. LaFronz covers this crucial skill, as well as how to be more successful in forcing the ball to outside zones (away from goal) by teaching players to be disciplined in maintaining balanced defensive positioning.

Coach LaFronz provides several helpful defensive positioning illustrations as well as diagrams of zones within the defensive circle and scoring gate areas that can be used during practice sessions. This video shows the full set of defensive progression drills in action with Kean University players, including LaFronz's direct feedback to players. After watching this video, you will understand when to pressure the ball, when/where to force the ball, and the correct approach to block tackling.

65 minutes. 2018.


with Leslie LaFronz,
Kean University Head Coach;
2016 and 2017 NJAC Coach of the Year;
19 regular season wings, top seed in the NJAC Tournament and first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2017

In this video, Kean University head coach Leslie LaFronz explains the main goals of a baseline attack and why this strategy can be so successful. LaFronz shows how the baseline attack strategy works by using crisp "in and out" passing to lure defenders out of position.

You'll teach your attackers to focus on quality passing and well-timed cuts to get the ball to the baseline in order to flatten the defense and create shooting opportunities at the top of the circle. Statistics show this is the area where most goals originate. LaFronz explains that shooting gate strikers aiming for the opposite post have the greatest amount of open area in goal, and teammates have more time to get in position for deflections and rebounds.

Baseline Attack Drill Progressions

Defensive players are taught to defend traditional offenses that attack down the center. Coach LaFronz gives a detailed chalk talk about baseline attacking which exploit this inherent defensive weakness and lead to more passing lanes and scoring opportunities.

You'll see four attack drill progressions:

Baseline Attack 4 v 0

  • Establishes workable cutting and passing patterns
  • Impr
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Open Practice with Michele Madison & Virginia Field Hockey
Featuring Michele Madison, University of Virginia Head Coach; National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame inductee (2013); former US National team and Olympic team assistant coach; 350+ career wins

with Ole Keusgen, University of Virginia Assistant Coach; member of the German National Team, winning a bronze medal at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan

Learn how to develop training exercises that will challenge your team and get them prepared for the season ahead! This video will provide everything your program needs to take the next step, including practice drills, goaltending instruction, drag flick strategies and more!

Competitive Drills and Games

As field hockey is a dynamic sport using many different muscle groups, Coach Madison begins with a few of her favorite practice drills to warm-up your squad properly. These drills will:

  • Reinforce the importance of communication between teammates as you sustain an attack
  • Demonstrate the importance of footwork in small, confined spaces and in tight situations
  • Allow your team to refine ball skills while maintaining shape and balance

Stick Handling Keys to Success

You'll learn drills to help athletes maintain control of the ball while maneuvering, change direction when receiving passes, master a roll-out when engaged with a defender, and more! You'll also see exercises to develop your transition game. Included are drills to build the attack using 2v1 tactical concepts, as well as games to open up the depth and width of the field to create space for greater attack opportunities.

Elevate Your Game with the Drag Flick

The Drag Flick has become a more potent scoring weapon on penalty corners because of the possible options from the drag. The best drag flickers are deceptive and can actually place the ball in all four corners of the goal, which is difficult for the goalkeeper to save.

Coach Ole Keusgen breaks down the steps to execute a drag flick. Hand placement on the stick for a powerful snap and the correct three step approach and follow-through when drag flicking for more control are covered.

Progressive Drills for Goalkeepers

Coach Keusgen shows multiple drills on how to go from basic one shot saves to multi-shot saves while incorporating stick saves and board and rebound training. All drills showcase game-like scenarios that will help prepare your goalie for the unpredictable game of field hockey.

This `Open Practice' video will provide you with drills and techniques that you can implement immediately to improve your team!

214 minutes (2 DVDs). 2016.

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Open Practice: Indoor Off-Season Training

Featuring Missy Meharg, University of Maryland Head Coach;

  • 7x NCAA Championship Coach (1993, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011);
  • 22 conference titles:
  • Over 500 career wins:
  • 9x NFHCA National Coach of the Year;
  • 9x Conference Coach of the Year:
  • member of the NFHCA Hall of Fame (2009);

with Joppe DeVries,
University of Maryland Assistant Coach/Technical Director;
former Goalkeeper Coach for South Africa's Senior Men's and Women's National Teams; has Coached all levels in the Netherlands

and Dina Rizzo,
University of Maryland Associate Head Coach;
former member of the U.S. Senior National Team (2006 World Cup & 2008 Olympics); All-American at Maryland

University of Maryland Head Coach Missy Meharg, long known as a powerhouse in NCAA women's field hockey, presents a new approach to indoor training that will help prepare your team for the upcoming season.

Fundamental Skill Stations

"The pace of field hockey has increased so much that technique has suffered and unforced errors have increased." - Coach Missy Meharg

In response to this trend, Coach Meharg and her staff have developed a three-station technical circuit that focuses on developing the core skills and cognitive focus needed for players to be successful.

The Physio Station consists of five fundamental skill exercises where players execute skills in a high physiological load rate. Athletes will be able to reduce the amount of unforced errors while maintaining speed with skill accuracy. The stations include:

  • Ball, Body, Goalkeeper
  • Tackling
  • Drop Step and Channel Defense
  • Sweeping
  • Aerial Ball

Players are filmed to review their skills for correction and refinement. They will then repeat the drills, applying the noted corrections to strengthen their fundamentals and decrease the time it takes to move through the drills.

The second station reinforces the necessary mechanics for ball control. There are 100 ball control skills to work on in three segments that increase stick skill speed vital to on-ball field awareness and 1v1 elimination skills.

Coach Dina Rizzo takes the players through the third station, Skills and Tactics. You'll see a 4v2 Possession game that works on receiving, passing, vision and ball control. Other drills include Short Passing to Goal and 5v2 Full Court.

Progressive Numbers Game

The circuit training evolves into intense progressive games that work on both skill enhancement and endurance. The coaching staff takes the skills worked on in the three parts of the technical circuit training and puts them together into a tactical progression numbers team game. The concept of transitioning from defense to offense using movement and communication is the focus.

Yoga for Field Hockey

The team trains with yoga instructor Jessie Hill, a former University of Maryland Track & Field Athlete. Yoga helps maximize individual balance, flexibility and strength in field hockey-specific movements. The yoga is not only used for improving bodies, but also teaches how to relax and perform under mental stress.

Coach Meharg helps you to structure an indoor program designed to get the most out of your players - both physically and mentally.

116 minutes. 2016.

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