A Guide To Hockey Skills
A Guide To Hockey Skills
A wonderfully helpful guide to having hockey skills. Examples of striking methods, passing tips and keeping mobile at all times are demonstrated in this video.
When the ball is coming towards you and you're looking to receive the ball, you want to be adept in your double V grip down the back of the stick. You will want to have quite a nice base and support, a nice wide base ideally up onto the front, onto the front of your feet onto your balls of your feet. You want to get your stick out in front of you so that you are in a strong position as the ball comes towards you, you are then in a position where you can stop the ball with good security.
You can then move it to the left or out to the right with ease. Okay, when you have picked up the ball, then you can move it in either direction, to the left, or out to the right and then when carrying the ball, you can just keep the ball out in front of you keeping nice and low so that you can see the game in front of you and see what's happening out to both sides. When looking to make a pass, you will still want your double V grip with the ball out in front of you, pick your person to pass to and then push the ball forwards out towards the person that you're aiming toward.
In this video, we are going to do a quick demonstration on the different methods of passing a hockey ball. The first method being the safest method is a push pass. So what we will do there, we are going to have the ball on our front foot with our weight on our shoulder, hands far apart and we will imagine dragging the ball along the turf and push it to our opposite number.
So we will get the ball and push it along the floor to our opposite man. And in terms of directing the pass, you will see that a key is that we are following with our elbow in the direction we want to go in. So we will get the ball and we will push forwards and we will push it directly to our opposite number.
A second method of passing the ball, which is a harder method of passing but still accurate is to slap the ball and along the flood, so the whole idea here is to get yourself low, get your weight forward and use a sweeping motion to sweep the ball along the floor. So we'll aim to get the ball in front of our left foot and we'll just go on the floor and we will just sweep along the turf. And so, the key there is having your hands slightly placed together at the top of your stick and using the momentum of your wrists to catch the ball in a sweeping action.
So, sweep it along the floor. And a third method of passing the ball which is for long distance passes is to hit the ball, it is generally less accurate but it is also going to get there much much faster, so again you will get your weight forward, head down and strike through the ball and hit it to your opposite man. When you are keeping most of the saves that you will make, if you have guys coming in through who can sheep pretty well, then you are going to be very much in reaction, so it is important to be in a set position most of the time thought of the game, really.
You do not want to switch off at all through the game, you know. The ball might be down at the other end for a long time, but you really need to be on your toes and ready to go at all points because it is a fast game and the ball can get back into your team pretty quickly. So, an example of a set position would be up on the balls of your feet, right up on your toes.
Feet about shoulder width apart, and then you would have both of your hands up ready to take shots high on the right high on the left, with your stick and your blocker. This position makes it really easy to step out and make kicks, to run to the side. It also makes it easier to be mobile around your goal line.
So you know if you wanted to come out, you make small steps, and side stepping around you, D all the time on your toes so that you are ready to shoot out that leg or that hand to make the save. .