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Field Hockey Playbook

Derek E. Pappas

Moving the ball

Roll the ball Lift the ball

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Pass to the open man


Possess the ball by always nding the open man Attack in triangles The triangles can overlap one another One triangle can feed another triangle with some of the same players

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Percentage passing
Do not put the player receiving the ball under pressure Always break the press by moving the ball away from the defenses majority (avoid the parts of the eld where the defense has a numerical advantage) Pass the ball on the ground and to the players stick with no spin. Frustrate the other team by keeping the ball away from them for long periods of time. If you do not have a pass get a foul and start the passing all over again.
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Team Ball movement patterns


W Z V X U Triangle Cs
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Team Ball movement-W

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Team Ball movement-Z


In order to transfer the ball across the eld three movements are required to get through the defense in the middle of the eld. A direct transfer across the eld is not possible.
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Team Ball movement-V


The off the ball movement in the opposite direction of the rst pass.

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Team Ball movement-X


Front stick to front stick

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Team Ball movementMoving v


Front stick to front stick

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Team Ball movement-U


defensive passing around the back

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Team Ball movementtriangle


Possession is established in a triangle. The exit pass from the triangle is made from the back where the passer has a view of the entire eld.
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Team Ball movement-b aseline attack


mid eld build up Fix

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Style

Play like Barcelona/Brazil Dont play like ManU/Argentina

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Barcelona FC/Brazil National Football team


Tough defense Control the ball 20 passes in a row-frustrate the other team move the other team around-make them work Move the ball around the mideld away from the other teams midelders Use wall passes to move the ball quickly Create a pattern in the passing so that your team
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Dont play like Argentina/ ManU FC


No rough play Messi is the exception not the rule. No negative play

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