“Developing the tactical thinking in young players while coaching technical skills” by Coach Shiv Jagday



While developing a young players technical skills, we also need to develop their tactical thinking and game sense to make wise decisions during the run of play. After all life and the game of hockey is full of opportunities and choices. The decisions one makes will reflect the course of the game / future.

 

And this is where we, the Shiv’s Coaching Academy coaching staff, sharply disagrees with the Hockey Guru’s who preach to coach skills in isolation. Shiv’s Coaching Academy philosophy is to coach the technical and tactical skills in the context of the game. Use Cones as field markers only and not as opponents to dribble through, while remaining players are standing in a row for their turns.

Can you do this visualization exercise?
Imagine yourself, being in the player’s shoes. What would you have done? Do comparative analysis of the tactical thinking between yourself and the player’s point of view. What it resulted in and why? This will help you sharpen your memory skills, resulting in better Pattern Recognition and Re-calling.

Quotes:
If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. – Albert Einstein

You can’t teach what you don’t fully understand. – Tax Winter

Coaches will most likely coach in the way they were coached, rather than the way, which is most successful and effective. (A fact of life)

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. – Mark Twain

 

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By Pablo Mendoza

Pablo Mendoza is an FIH Hockey Academy Educator and the CEO of A Hockey World. Contact: pablo@ahockeyworld.net

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