Passing accuracy in field hockey


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Passing accuracy in field hockey

  1. 1. Passing and shooting accuracyThe Accuracy of passes is often measured by the completion rate. The reason for the misses is oftenmeasured during competitive games. The interceptions are measured. The misses to the left, right, andfouls caused by the pass (e.g. lifts into players) are not measured. These types of misses are due to badtechnique more often than not. Misses to the left are due to the ball being to far forward in the stance orto far to the left relative to the feet. Lifts are due to many reasons which are not the subject of thispaper.Misses to the right occur less than ones to the left.Typical misses to the left include the following: • ball too far in front of the right mid or right wing • shot at goal missing to the left • pass to the left wing behind the player • cross from the right behind the playerThe ball should start near the right foot on most passes. Some passes such as the push off of the rightfoot should even start behind the right foot.When the push starts with the ball closer to the left foot the release point (when the ball leaves thestick) tends to be outside of the left foot. Players tend to rotate their shoulders in order to assist the ball.If you watch the Dutch and German men pass while running with the ball the stick barely moves whenthey are running with the ball and make a pass. There is very little follow through. Perhaps 1 foot.When shooting from the top of the circle players often hit the ball at the keeper. Some times this is dueto pulling the ball left when they meant to shot at the right corner.The position of the ball relative to the feet causes the ball to go straight, left or right.The grip used can cause the ball to go straight or left.A typical miss while shooting on goal is due to the ball being too far in front of the player that isshooting. The player is off balance and is leaning too far forward. The player will compensate forleaning too far forward by rotating their hands arms and shoulders left and will pull the ballOther reasons for the ball going left include but are limited to closing the face of the stick at impact dueto improper technique such as a baseball grip or an outside in swing.The solution when running into the top right part of the circle from the center is to have the ball next toor even slightly behind the right foot to protect it from the defender. The stick is raised to hit the balland as the player plants their left or right foot the ball will roll forwards slightly from their feet to thecorrect position to hit it. This is well understood by Australian forwards. Contrast this with the typicalway that the ball is carried into the circle. The player will have the ball in front of them and will raisethe stick up while the ball continues to roll forward. The result is a less than optimal hit. Power anddirection control are lost.
  2. 2. If the ball is too far in front of the player then the player needs to “tee” up, borrowing the golfing term,the ball by using their reverse stick to slow down the ball. The reverse stick is placed on the front of theball. The balls position is adjusted relative to the players feet.The player that runs from the right side at a 45 degree angle to the goal and wants to pull the ball to theright to shoot needs to pull the ball at a 90 degree angle to the line of the run. Typically players will belazy and will pull the ball forwards of the 90 degree line which puts the ball to far to the left of theirfeet and they shoot wide to the left.Misses to the right from skills performed off of the right foot are due to leaning to the right too muchand the ball spinning off of the stick.