Hockey Fundamentals Every Beginner Should Learn

Hockey may be a thrilling yet intimidating sport to learn as a beginner. It includes picking up a variety of necessary skills, so knowing where to start is
crucial. 

 

Here are 5 basic steps to improve your skills as a beginner.

A Perfect First Touch

 

Having a strong first touch is important when you are first learning hockey. It requires the ability to receive the ball and send it in the direction of a free area. A solid first touch, for instance, enables you to move the ball swiftly to your right or left, which inadvertently creates space between you and any advancing defender. 

 

You can quickly scan the field from this extra space in order to plan your next move. Practise receiving the ball from various angles and positions on the pitch to enhance your initial touch.

Assessing and Establishing Position

 

A key ability for achieving a favourable position on the field is the ability to anticipate the movement of both the player holding the ball and the ball
itself. This insight not only improves your capacity for efficient positioning, but also serves to distance you from any defending players.

Mastering your passes

 

Regardless of your location on the field, passing accurately is a fundamental ability that may have a big impact on the game. Working on various passing strategies that suit the demands of your position is crucial. For instance, practicing one-touch passes might be especially helpful if you’re a striker. On the other hand, if you’re a midfielder, it’s critical to improve your capacity to make accurate passes with both your right and left foot.

Powering Up Your Strikes

 

Being able to hit hard is an important skill for your position on the field. It’s important to take into account your head, foot, body, and ball location in
order to strike with both power and accuracy. It’s important to make sure that your hip rotation is active, that your body weight is flowing forward
throughout a hit, and that your head is still directly above the ball. Your hits will become more accurate and powerful as a result of these strategies.

Mastering the Flat Stick Tackle

 

Any hockey player on the pitch must be able to execute a crisp flat stick tackle. Prematurely entering a tackle or being caught off guard can result in
unsuccessful tackles, possible injuries, or even disciplinary measures. To achieve a clean tackle, practise patience and wait for the right time. When
attempting the tackle, keep your stick low to the ground at all times.

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