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Developing the First Touch in Passing and Receiving

Developing the First Touch in Passing and Receiving

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  • Learn first touch techniques and strategies for teaching players how to create space, keep their eyes up and be in attack position
  • Learn how to train players to block receive while under pressure and closely marked by an opponent
  • Learn triangle formations for developing team balance and improving support around the ball
  • Learn how to divide the field into smaller sections to train players where they will be positioned in a game

with 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

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.

I feel that the content of these video provides very valuable information for the coaches of young and developing hockey players in some very core skill areas. They provide not only excellent technical information but also valuable guidelines for coaches on how to develop various skills in their players.

I recommend these videos to any coach or player who wants to learn more about skill development in hockey and improving themselves."
Barry Dancer, FIH Master Coach, Coach of the Australian Men's National Team, which won its first - and only - 2004 Athens Olympic Gold Medal, under his guidance.

49 minutes. 2015.