Once we’ve completed stretching, it is time to begin the field hockey warm-up drills. When selecting drills for warm-up, we start with simple drills that emphasize the basic skills of the game without pushing players too far.
The first warm-up drill usually starts with basic hitting drills, since the hit is hockey’s most basic and important skill. For this drill, we divide each group into partners and have each player stand facing each other 10 feet apart. For these practices, the emphasis is on perfect form. For example, when hitting it is important to make sure the player’s hands are firmly together near the top of the stick. Use the hands and wrists to bring the stick backwards, and the goal should be to hit the lower half of the ball when the stick is brought back down. Most important is to follow through with the stick after the hit. Another thing to remember is to keep the feet parallel to the direction you want the ball to go.
The next field hockey warm-up drills focuses on the push-pass. Using the same partners as before, each player stands anywhere from 20 to 40 feet apart while pushing passes to each other.
The form of the push-pass differs slightly from that of the hit. For the push-pass, players are to place their left hand near the top of the stick with the right hand further down. Keeping their eye on the ball with their knees bent, players are to shift their weight from the back foot to the front as contact is made with the ball. As with the hit, it is important to follow through completely. The follow through is complete when the stick is pointing towards the direction of the pass.
Again, these are a sampling of some of the practices used in our skills development programs. Each practice session is tailored to the age group and skill level of the players.
Phoenix Scorpions Field Hockey Club
We encourage all young players to come out to one of our practice sessions regardless of whether you’ve played once or never played before. Our club coaches have the skill, experience and energy to teach any player from beginner to advanced. Below is a sampling of some of the skills development drills we use during our structured practice sessions. Based on the age group of the players (U10, U14, U19 - boys, and girls), the drill intensity and level is matched to challenge and enhance each player’s current skill levels.