Field Hockey Skill Drills
Field hockey skill drills can help you develop into a better field hockey player. Unlike traditional ice hockey, field hockey is not played on ice. This means you will not need to know how to ice skate. However, that does not mean that field hockey is easier. To become a great player, you will need to utilize various field hockey skill drills and practice on a regular basis.
- Learn to trap the ball. In this field hockey skill drill, the skill you acquire will help you defend the ball during a game. Use the hook portion of your field hockey stick, rather than the face portion, to stop the ball when it comes toward you. Then, tilt the stick forward to trap the ball completely so opponents cannot get it.
- Start running toward the goal. Once you learn to trap and defend the ball, you need to learn to move with the ball. In field hockey, this requires the skill to run very fast toward the goal. Move your dominant hand down a little on the stick and bend forward. Then, tap the ball with your stick to move it in front of you. However, practice moving it only a short distance at a time, or your opponent will be able to steal it.
- Gain control over the ball. After learning to move the ball in from you, this field hockey skill drill will help you develop the skills needed to control the ball. Move the stick quickly from one side of the ball to the other. At the same time, nudge it along with small slightly forward tilts of your stick. This is called dribbling and it will further protect the ball from opponents.
- Make a goal. A goal is driving the field hockey ball. This drill should incorporate all of the above drills. Get a hold of the ball. Move down the field with the ball, and then, move your dominant hand back up toward the top of the field hockey stick to get in position. Move the stick back, as in a golf swing, to get more power and drive it into the goal.
- Add players. Once you’ve practiced these drills and developed the skills required to handle, defend and drive the field hockey ball, it’s time to make the drills more challenging. Members of your team should act as opponents and attempt to steal the ball away from you while completing the drills. Also, you can practice passing the ball to members of your team to help protect it from opponents.