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Goalkeeping Progressions for the Modern Day Goalkeeper

with Maureen Ordnung,
Ithaca College Assistant Coach;
2015 Empire 8 Conference Coaching Staff of the Year;
2x All Conference Goalkeeper at East Stroudsburg University

As field hockey continues to evolve, the challenges keepers face keep getting harder and harder. The strikers are faster, more aggressive, and hit harder than ever before. All this means less time for keepers to react. In this video, Maureen Ordnung shows how to equip your keeper with the physical and mental skills needed to face those challenges bravely and react intelligently.

The Theory of Keeping

Many people think keeping is simple - see the ball, stop the ball. But any keeper will tell you that's not true. Keeping is a specialized role, and one that many coaches who come from the field just don't feel equipped to coach well. As a result, their teams 'leak' too many goals and their keepers feel left out of practices that don't meet their needs.

Coach Ordnung shows how to break this cycle and teach keepers:

  • Footwork patterns for maximum efficiency in the circle.
  • To position themselves properly to find the line of the shot and then apply pressure on the shooter.
  • To identify space for safe clearances.

Using All the Tools

Ordnung shows you how to save and clear shots with kickers, pads, gloves, and sticks, and, as importantly, when to use each piece of equipment. No longer will your keeper be unsure if they should (or could) use their feet to make a save. No longer will your keeper lunge with their kicker when they should dive. Your keepers will have the confidence to pick off a flick into the corner with their stick instead of flailing with their glove.

The Importance of Aggression for a Keeper

Learn how to train your keepers to stay aggressive and communicate effectively. Ordnung presents a two-keeper, two-player drill designed to make strikers fear your keeper. This drill gets a keeper out of their cage to put pressure on ball carriers. In this beautifully simple drill, all the skills Ordnung emphasizes in the video are brought to life in a fun and challenging situation. Keepers and players will love it - and learn at the same time.

You'll also see Ordnung give practical advice on various coaching aids and how to use them. She demonstrates how to use paper plates, cones, and marker dots as visual cues to help your keepers learn proper positioning and shows how to use string to teach the concept of angles.

In clear and direct terms, Coach Ordnung gives you everything you need to increase the skill and confidence of your keepers and improve results immediately!

65 minutes. 2017.

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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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Goalkeeping with Balance
with Joppe de Vries,
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

Goalies who are able to defend the second shots are an asset at any level of play. The ability to be set and ready for subsequent shots and use the glove and the stick is a skill necessary for success. Using a progression of clearing drills, Joppe de Vries takes you through how to make sure your goalie is set, balanced and ready to make not only the initial save, but then make a second and third save as well.

Learn how to teach your goalie to grip their stick to prevent any deflections into their own goal and how to make a reverse stick stop. Along with positioning and proper grip, you will learn more advanced skills such as a one-legged stack and how to prevent goals from being scored in the most dangerous part of the circle. Last but not least, you'll learn creative drills to help your goalie focus on the ball in a crowed circle and how to prepare to make saves on multiple shot attempts on the ground and in the air.

Ready Position

Knowing where to stand in the goal varies from goalie to goalie due to their size. Coach de Vries discusses the goalie ready position and how to grip the stick. You'll learn how to determine where your goalie should stand to make the best saves, how to be set for different angled shots, and how to position your goalie to stay balanced so they are ready for anything. Coach de Vries gives detailed examples of correct and incorrect form so you can see how the differences can impact play.

Footwork and Glove Saves

Coach de Vries shows you multiple drills to get your goalie's feet ready to take on different shots. He also discusses the appropriate way to make gloves saves. The difference in footwork when goalies are clearing, especially near the mouth of the goal, is additionally covered.

With his progressive drill segment, Coach De Vries demonstrates how to make a basic clear with the kick, then progresses to a kick save and stick save, ending with a foot, stick and glove save.

Coach de Vries shares a multitude of training tools to help your goalie react to unknown situations. You'll learn how to have your goalie react to aerial shots, bouncing shots, flat shot and much more. With fun and innovative drills and exercises, you will have a variety of tools to keep your goalie working on the fundamentals.

"Most of the Goalie training videos I have seen don't make it simple and straightforward. (Joppe De Vries) makes coaching a goalie seem less intimidating. His use of basic concepts as a starting point makes this a must have for any coach." - Customer Review

34 minutes. 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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Developing the First Touch in Passing and Receiving
with Shiv Jagday,
Technical Head Coach for FHBC (Field Hockey British Columbia), 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.

49 minutes. 2015.

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