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Jenelle Downs: Offensive Live-Play Stages

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.

Nothing is more frustrating for a coach than a team that struggles to turn possession into goals. This video from Coach Downs offers a method of training that will improve your players' level of thinking, and ultimately lead to fewer wasted possessions.

82 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Baseline Field Hockey - Strategies for Penetrating the Offensive Circle

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
  • Improves timing of passes and cuts
  • Enhances success on the baseline by using correct positioning to receive the ball

Baseline Attack 4v2

  • Improves "in and out" passing with more pressure on the ball
  • Succeeds in finding the open passing lanes to the shooting gate area
  • Refines passing patterns and the timing of passes and cuts

Baseline Attack 4v3

  • Improves communication (verbal and nonverbal) when facing greater defensive pressure
  • Increases the effectiveness of baseline cuts by focusing on receiving the ball within the circle
  • Enhances confidence and composure as players learn to be patient and "not force a play"

Baseline Attack 8v5

  • Creates more scoring opportunities by transferring the ball to the opposite side when no shot is available
  • Enhances awareness of player positioning and how it positively or negatively impacts scoring
  • Improves decision making under pressure to take advantage of unexpected open lanes to goal

Coach LaFronz explains the baseline attack, shares useful statistics that support the baseline attack strategy and then teaches you what to do based on how the defense reacts - a great resource for coaches at all levels!

49 minutes. 2018.

DVD
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Principle Based Offensive Strategies and Tactics - Putting Theory into Practice

featuring 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

In recent years, field hockey has become more and more of a power game. As such, some of the subtlety and beauty has gone out of the game. In this video, you'll learn how to recapture that beauty as Shiv Jagday zeros in on some overlooked skills and ideas that can raise your players to the next level.

Coach Jagday gives you fundamental offensive strategies and tactics, based upon proven principles. These principles are illustrated with specific game situation examples taken from the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, plus other international tournaments. You will clearly see the rewards when these principles are honored diligently, as well as the penalties when they are not.

The Theory of the Game

Hockey is a simple game. But, the number of tactics and strategies is almost endless. Coach Jagday begins by revealing the core offensive principles that you need to focus on to win more games. In this section, you will learn about:

  • The importance of shape when attacking
  • The importance of space awareness when attacking
  • The Seven Laws of the Game
  • Types of attacks you can run
  • How to anticipate various defensive strategies

The Importance of Footwork and Stance

Players from the Punjab Institute of Sport demonstrate how to pass and receive the ball correctly in the midfield triangle. Jagday emphasizes the importance of correct footwork and stance to the performance of fundamental skills while demonstrating how to give precise corrective feedback to athletes.

To this midfield triangle, Jagday progressively adds more players while focusing on the basics of footwork and stance, as well of the core attacking principles of width, depth, support and penetration. He also shows how to use opposition to a drill to add an element of pressure.

Game Sense and How to Coach It

You'll learn how to use mini games to develop game sense and teach complex ideas. Jagday shows how to use simple games like 3v1, 3v2, 4v2, 4v3 and 4v4 to improve your players' ability to read the play in front of them and develop effective patterns of play.

He stresses the importance of:

  • Scanning to see the forward passes before the ball arrives
  • Correct leading patterns and timing to make the most of the attacking space
  • Giving early penetrating passes

Space Awareness

Coach Jagday demonstrates the importance of space awareness to effectively exploit defenses. He uses a 5v1 situation to teach the power of overlapping and freezing up defenders in 2v1 situations to create quick attacks.

Teams Within Teams

You'll see Coach Jagday use a coaching board to walk you through the mini teams within a field hockey team and the roles and responsibilities of:

  • The back four
  • The midfield triangle
  • The forwards
  • The right and left side triangles

You will also learn how to build various types of attack and how to manipulate defenses to create attacking opportunities.

As Coach Jagday says, "little things make big things happens." This video will show you how to make more big things happen by zeroing in on the little things that are often overlooked.

114 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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The 8-Step Plan for Dead Ball Situations
with Missy Meharg,
University of Maryland Head Coach;
2008 National Champions;
7X National Coach of the Year; 5X NCAA Championship Coach

Coach Missy Meharg's concept is based on setting the field hockey field up as a grid. This is done for three reasons; for teaching, statistics and ball patterns. Coach Meharg divides the field into four areas: the attack quarter of the field, attacking middie quarter, defensive middie quarter and the defensive quarter. From there the field is divided vertically into zones 1, 2 and 3, with 3 being the outside areas. The same concept goes for the area around the goal for goalkeepers. To aid visual learners, Meharg uses a Subbuteo board to divide the field visually and to show each of the steps in detail. The eight steps begin with defense in the attacking quarter, followed by defense in the midfield and into the circle. Step 4 deals with defensive penalty corners. Step 5 and 6 focus on attack out of the defensive quarter and attacking in the midfield. The final two steps are the attack into the circle and attacking penalty corners. Each step is carefully broken down and analyzed by Meharg. Finally, the use of actual game video shared in this excellent instructional DVD allows you to see game applications of this strategic 8-step plan.

82 minutes. 2007.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Field Hockey Tactics and Strategies Tape 1: Team Attack
with Missy Meharg,
University of Maryland Head Coach;
2008 National Champions;
7X National Coach of the Year; 5X NCAA Championship Coach

Utilizing chalkboard diagrams, a simulated field, and demonstrators on the practice field, Missy Meharg shares her thoughts on how her Maryland field hockey team practices building an effective attack out of the back. Using the 5-3-2 formation, Coach Meharg details, position-by-position, an overview of where everyone needs to be to optimize the offensive attack as the ball moves from the defensive third of the field to the middle third of the field and into the offensive third of the field. This excellent presentation will show you how to organize and maximize a successful team attack.

56 minutes. 2001.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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