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Developing Your Field Hockey Skills - Indoor Basics 1 - Individual Skills There are 24 comments on this articlex24
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January 1, 2001 4 out of 5
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Indoor hockey is a fast exciting game in its own right, however it skills and tactics aren't particularly unique or different from the outdoor game of field hockey. Players and coaches shouldn't try to re-invent the skills and tactics that work quite successfully in field hockey. As a reminder, in indoor hockey hitting the ball and raising the ball off the ground to pass it or beat an opposing player isn't allowed.

Each player must develop effective passing & trapping skills whilst in attack, and be very effective in intercepting passes and tackling when defending.


1. The body position of the player should be very low to the ground, i.e., crouched, whenever she is anywhere near the ball.

2. Since the ball travels very quickly, and can arrive at a moment's notice, a player must keep her stick on the floor all the time. Therefore, the stick is held at the top by the left hand and the head of the stick will be near or on the floor at all times.

3. The stick is placed horizontally to the floor to make stationary traps. Two hands must be kept on the stick to ensure the ball doesn't bounce up and away from the player.

4. When trapping on the move, the player must trap in a more upright position just as in outdoor field hockey.

5. After trapping the ball, the ball should remain on the stick, on the player's forehand side, with the player looking up to pass. She will not "fiddle" with the ball or keep the ball on her reverse stick.

6. Very seldom should the "slap" pass be made. Passes should be made with ball in contact with the stick at all times, i.e., you should not hear a sound when a pass is made. In this way, the passer will be able to disguise the direction of her pass and also the speed of her pass.

7. A player should try not to spin with the ball to get away from an opponent. The player should keep the ball in front (or to the side) of her so that she can be in a position to pass the ball.


1. The body position of the player should be very low to the ground, i.e., crouched, when her team is defending. She must be ready to intercept passes.

2. The head of the stick must be kept on the floor while the other team has possession of the ball.

3. The player must tackle with a horizontal flat tackle, there must be no outdoor upright tackles or tackling from behind because these two mistakes will almost always be called as major infractions, i.e., penalty corners and penalty strokes.

4. Passes are intercepted by trapping the ball with the stick horizontally to the ground. Keep two hands on the stick to prevent the ball from being passed through you.

Each player on the team must make the right tactical choices so the team is successful. The following is a list of sensible tactical choices that should be engrained in a player's mind while playing indoor hockey.

1. A player should not hold onto possession of the ball for more than a couple of seconds. If a forward pass isn't available, she should move the ball on square or back immediately.

2. The speed of the pass will always be equal to what is necessary. The passes in the back can be at medium speed instead of full speed at all times. In this way, the opponent does not get used to the speed of the really hard pass that will get through.

3. Passes must not be forced through a defender, you must pass the ball around a defender.

4. Seldom, if ever, should a player try to beat a defending player with a one-on-one dribble. It is much easier for a defender to tackle successfully in indoor hockey than in outdoor field hockey. A player will dribble the ball to retain possession on her strong side or to set herself up to make an effective pass.

5. When a player receives a pass she should make her best effort to come to a stop or to a very controlled run. Her sole purpose after receiving the ball is to control it so that she can make a pass. It is easier to pass the ball when stationary or moving slowly than to try and pass when running ahead at full speed.
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Rasmus Lund Pedersen
01-18-2001  10:10 am
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As a hockey player and youth coach from Denmark, were we play alot (in fact to much i think) indoorhockey - i would say to all fieldhockey players that want to try indoor hockey - go for it! After a little while you will discover that the difference between outdoor hockey on artificial turfs( especiallly water based pitches ) and indoor hockey isn't that great. All the things you learn outdoor i believe could be used indoor to - except for hitting and raising the ball over a stick. Because the speed and control of the ball you will alsready have. As and exampel lets mentioned the recenly held tournament i Scotland where the Dutch mens team won, i have been told that this was there first real tournament indoor and they have beaten Switzerland in the final - and they play in the A-group in the European Champonship - Nederland is "only" a B-division. So i do not think that the difference between indoor and outdoor is so big. In fact i think it is a good supplement to outdoor training - espacially reagarding speed and agility.
Rasmus :-)
Saeed Khan
03-05-2001  8:22 pm
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I played in Pakistan many many moons ago, and was selected for the National PHF training camp.Now, I help some youngsters in Phoenix, AZ. In any event, the artcle provides some good fundamental skills that are applicable to both indoor/outdoor fH.However, caution must be exercised while training youngsters.There is a danger they might expect the ball to bounce back in the field during outdoor fH practice?
Hari Kant
03-05-2001  9:30 pm
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I'm sure you've run into Bobby Khosla in Pheonix. I played with him for years when he was in Ottawa with Gloucester FHC. As well I saw him at last years California cup. Good to hear hockey is growing in the hot sun of Arizona
04-19-2001  11:15 am
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I actually think that what you learn indoor will be more useful outdoor, but this is maybe because I started indoor...Skills are required more in indoor hockey than outdoor, fitness as well, 20 minutes of effort is worse than 35 minutes of either intensity or no action at all. indoor hockey is different from outdoor hockey but things you learn in one my be used for the other. the control of the ball and the technique are different, but this is only my opinion.
toto, indonesia
06-04-2001  2:28 pm
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wow, COOL !!!
indoor hockey is harder then outdoor hockey, but i think it's so cool
Sheila Permatasaka (ID)
08-07-2001  6:21 am
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Indoor hockey???cool man!
everyone said that this games more harder than outdoor hockey but i think this game more fun and tireless than the outdoor one.
just enjoy the games and viva indoor hockey!!!
Ari (ISTN HOCKEY CLUB) indonesia
09-06-2001  3:51 pm
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I like indoor hockey
actually i'm a coach for my college team, it's really hard to teach skills, tactics or technics to them. But i enjoyed verymuch...viva indoor hockey
pls mail me at rumahku_di@america.hm to discuss about indoor hockey thanks friends
09-27-2001  4:08 pm
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It's to competative and this is crap .the information i want is not on here.
Melissa Edinburgh
10-03-2001  1:35 pm
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this is a great site which has been a great help with my Standard Grade PE hockey homework! Thanks!
10-16-2001  3:37 am
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i want all this on oudoor hockey u twats.
10-16-2001  8:40 am
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Oh my ears!!!
I don't think that kind of language suits a lady!

that is disgrace to speak like that!

I am not impressed at all.

jools the angry nutter:mad: :(
11-03-2001  1:08 am
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yay for Indoor Hockey!
Everyone here seems to be sooo enthusiastic about Indoor, almost too enthusiastic... I am too but only because there's no other alternative, indoor's the only way to train in the Canadian winters. I do agree that it improves your technical skills, better dribbling, more control and I believe that these are the very qualities that are lacking in hockey as played in North America. So maybe it is a good thing that we have to play indoors in the winters. Having said that however, one of reasons Vancouver is said to be the heart of field hockey in Canada, is because those players can train year round. It does take sometime to adjust to playing outdoor again in the summers, heavier stick (and ball), hitting, raising the ball, having more players and stricter positioning, etc...Hmmmm... something to think about, but until global warning gets to the point where we can all train year round outside (we're almost there btw, it was 18 degrees in Toronto yesterday!), we'll make the best of our situation and enjoy indoor hockey for what it is, a fast-paced, exciting game which focuses on technical skills.

Looking forward to Indoor season,
John Picone - Oakville Field Hockey Club
01-06-2002  4:31 pm
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Indoor Penalty Corners
This is our club's first season competing competitively with our youngsters. There were a lot of helpful basics here. I found the comment on not slapping a pass interesting; yes, one does give it away in that extra second. I wish I could impress upon a couple of our Masters the truth about NOT dribbling one-on-one or, in one case, one-on-three! through the defenders. I've always impressed upon my players that the receiver's first instinct should be to execute a pass. After all, the ball is the fastest "player" out there.
I would really appreciate some coaching drills or suggestions regarding indoor penalty corners, both attaching and defending.
Thanks, Peter!

01-29-2002  10:57 am
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penalty corners
perfect practice.ie.fast push out, clean trap, quick powerful shot. all in less than 2 seconds. Note; more goals will be scored with a deflection around the GK from the person who pushed out.
10-02-2002  6:51 am
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reverse stick shooting
i need information on reverse stick hitting an dwhat peopel think of it, as my assignment in uni is on it. Any help or opinions, i would be most grateful
02-07-2003  2:43 pm
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Jools and co.
I think you must be some of the most impressive hockey people I have ever met. Your amazing. I play left wing for a field hockey team and just wondered if you have any special little tips for me. I'm only 15 but love my sport and get very passionate about it and i'm always ready to learn something different. Please, if ne1 has ne tips. Contact me:

07-15-2004  11:52 pm
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yeah i need this all on outdoor, my assessment is worth 63% of my final HSC mark and so far nothing on outdoor hockey, HELP ME OUT HERE PEOPLES
09-07-2004  11:51 am
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wrong info. soz.
sa girl
11-22-2004  2:13 pm
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skills training
well i was looking for info on skills required for long term goals 4 a sport pschology assisngment, there doesnt seem to be too many sites.Espcially on outdoor hockey otherwise your information is good for beginners and people that are interested to learn about indoor.Its an awesome sport!

keep playing hockey and be passionate about eveything that you do!!
12-02-2004  2:30 pm
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wrong info! to simple
03-22-2005  3:48 am
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GrAfFiTi GaL
05-17-2005  11:54 am
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Outdoor Hockey is the best u get 2 run bout more and make a better hit...
05-27-2005  4:06 am
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ok info like!!!! not that good!!!!!! but yet again i need outdoor hockey... i play hockey myself and outdoor is far better than indoor by far!!!!! indoor hockey is like playin with little kids and to show skill within this makes it very hard. I think that indoor hockey is good to start off with to learn many skills but overall i think that outdoor is by far better
dian cantik
06-17-2005  1:02 am
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i love hockey UGM.........
viva hockey UGM......
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