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Open Practice with Michele Madison & Virginia Field Hockey

Open Practice with Michele Madison & Virginia Field Hockey

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Everything your program needs: practice drills, goaltending, drag flick strategies and more!

  • Learn how to build an attack through passing combinations
  • Develop consistency in the execution of the drag flick
  • Develop a progression from stick saves to multi-ball training to get your goalie warmed up and ready to train in game-like scenarios

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.