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Holding the stick

Holding the stick

Before learning how to dribble the ball, sweep pass or push, the player must first know how to hold the stick.

Left hand firmly at the top of the stick

Fingers around the grip (so no “penholder grip”)

Right hand in the middle of the stick

Arms away from the body = stick before the body

Elbows apart

Turning the stick

Turn left hand inwards (counterclockwise)

Right hand in the middle of the stick

Right hand loosely around the stick like a tube. If necessary, use an empty toilet roll to teach the movement.

The right hand does not turn with the stick

The hook of the stick goes over the ball, the ball can be passed with the backhand

Running with the ball

Run with the ball (dribble)

Stick in the normal grip

Bend knees, keep upper body large, straight back

Ball position front right

Stick 45º above the ground

Ball contact, ball on the stick

Attention to the ball and the environment (split vision)

Stop the ball from the dribble

Turn the stick over ( rounded side comes to the front) and put it in front of the ball.

Stop the ball far from your feet

Follow-up action to the left or right

Indian dribble

The indian dribble is a dribble in front of the body in which the ball is brought rhythmically to the left and to the right with the stick.

Points of attention are:

Normal grip

Elbows apart

Turn the upper part of the body as little as possible

Stick over the ball

Rhythmic dribbling action before the body

Attention to the ball and the environment (split vision)

Excentric dribble

As indian dribble, now the ball is left or right “outside” the body

A-rhythmic dribble 

Take the ball to the front left “outside” the body, then take it to the right in front of the body and take it there.

Repeat.

Normal slalom backhand – forehand

Stick in the normal grip 

Ball far away from the feet

Turn left hand inwards (counterclockwise)

Right hand loosely around the stick like a tube

Bring the ball left and right in front of the body

Attention to the ball and the environment (split vision)

Normal slalom only forehand

Stick in the normal grip 

Ball far away from the feet

When turning right, point the left elbow forward

Footwork, with small steps “walk around the ball”

Running with the ball with direction and tempo change

Hands in the normal grip, hands apart

Elbows apart

Keep the ball on the stick

Change direction quickly

After the change of direction, speed up a few steps

Pay attention to ball and stick

Pull the ball to the left when changing direction

When changing direction to the right ‘walk around the ball’ or retrieve the ball with the hook first

Walking with the ball on opened forehand

Position of the ball to the right of the body

Ball lies mainly at the back foot

Open the flat stickside each time

The ball can be passed to the right at any time

One-handed dribbling with left and right

This gives the player a larger reach and allows them to stay out of the defender’s reach.

arm stretched

Wrist bent towards the body

If necessary, put the body between the ball and the opponent to cut off the opponent

After passing, take the ball back on the forehand with two hands 

Various forms of running with the ball depending on the goal

Running with the ball to keep ball possession (shield)

Running with the ball to enter a duel (direction and speed changes)

In over number situations (vision)

Attacking in the event of a breakthrough (high speed) 

Passing the ball

Sweep pass

Normal grip, hands apart

Put the stick on the ground at right foot level

Ball at the height of the left foot

Left shoulders in the direction of play

Slide stick over the ground slightly backwards and then sweep forward “through the ball”.

Point the stick at the ball

Sweep pass while running, rolling ball

Hands apart

Turn left shoulder in direction of play

Sweep the stick over the ground from the back to the front

Knees bend

Stick almost horizontal to get a large stick area

Point the ball with the stick after passing the ball

Long slap/sweep pass

The long slap is a combined movement of the upper body rotation, arm swing and wrist movement. Ball at or in front of the left foot

Ball away from the body

Hands together at the top of the stick

Arms free from the body

The hook of the stick points up

Left shoulder points to the pass direction

Put the stick behind you on the ground

Make a wide semi-circle with your stick over the ground

Swipe through the ball

After-swing is also over the ground

Bringing body weight from back leg to front leg

Backhand long slap/sweep pass

Ball at the right foot or in front of the right foot

Ball away from the body

Hands together at the top of the stick

Arms free from the body

Put the stick behind you on the ground

Right shoulder pointing in the pass direction

Make a wide semi-circle with your stick over the ground

Swipe through the ball

After-swing is also over the ground

Bringing body weight from back leg to front leg

Upper body rotation

Make a wrist action

The position of the ball and wrist movement determine the direction

Push

Hands in normal grip, hands apart

Left shoulder points to the direction of play

Ball in front of the body, right side of the right foot

Knees bent, weight on the right leg

Arms free from the body, left elbow pointing forward

Stick behind the ball

Pass the ball by pulling and then pushing it over the ground

Weight moves to the left foot

Knees stay bent

Point the ball with the stick after passing the ball

Hit/Long forehand pass

Ball at or in front of the left foot

Ball not too far and not too close from the body

Hands together at the top of the stick

Elbows slightly curved

Arms free from the body

Left shoulder points in the pass direction

Knees and upper body slightly flexed, straight lower back

The hook of the stick points upwards during the back swing.

While hitting the ball, the arms are stretched out

Bringing body weight from back leg to front leg

Combined movement of body rotation, arm swing and wrist movement

Pointing the ball in the after-swing, the hook of the stick points up again

High push/Scoop

Normal grip

Left shoulder points to the direction of play

Elbows apart

Ball away in front of the body

Step forward with your left foot

Body weight comes on the front foot

knees strongly bent

Place stick diagonally under the ball

Leverage: right hand pushes the ball away, the left hand at the top pulls the stick towards the body.

Coming with the stick under the ball

Keep ball contact as long as possible

Pointing the ball up

(short) Slap shot

The ball not too far in front of the body (approx. 40 – 50 cm).

Hands together, possibly a little below the top of the stick (shortened grip) short back swing

Hit from a wrist movement

Quick short hit, possibly using a loop movement in the back swing

Hands stay in front of the knees

At the moment of hitting squeeze the stick

At the moment of hitting, weight on left leg, left shoulder above left knee

Swing on, point at the ball after passing

Lifting the ball

Ball lies diagonally in front of the feet

Pass by a short push over the opponent’s stick

Push from the wrists

One-touch

Left elbow pointing outwards, right elbow pointing backwards

Knees bent

Upper body forward

Step out with one foot, depending on the continued direction of the ball

Raise arms without back swing

Squeeze the stick

Pass the ball by hitting it once

The shoulder and the flat stick side determine the direction of play

Chop

The chop is very suitable as a scoring technique or as a passing technique on water fields.

Hitting the ball, however, the ball is now at or even behind the right foot

Hit the ball at the back with a short, quick hit

The ball jumps up

Receiving the ball

Forehand receiving

Light spreading position, left foot slightly in front of right foot

Knees bent

Arms free from the body

Keep your left arm in a “look at your watch” position

Hold the stick loosely with your right hand

Stick vertically and “forward”, the ball is covered

Stick slightly above the ground

Stop the ball in front of the right foot

Forehand receiving in motion (dynamic)

Move towards the ball with the stick slightly above the ground

The flat stick side in front of the body to cover the ball

Push right shoulder to the ground

Take the ball diagonally right in front of the right foot

Receiving the ball on the forehand and bringing the ball to the left foot

Flat stick side in front of the body to cover the ball

Push right shoulder to the ground

Take the ball diagonally right in front of the right foot

Left elbow points to the left, right elbow points to the back

During or after receiving the ball bring it to the left foot

Turn right wrist so that the right elbow points outwards (right)

Dribble further with the ball on the backhand

Forehand open receiving

Receiving open is used when the ball possessor wishes to make an attacking follow-up action towards the opposing goal.

Move away to the left, whether or not preceded by a body feint to the right

Pass comes from behind and must be given ‘outside’ on the left

Let the ball roll past the body and only receive it past the body

Feet point almost towards the opponent’s goal when received

Follow-up action: pass or accelerate and possibly cut off the defender’s pass

Backhand open receiving

Same as on the forehand

The pass now comes out on the right

Rotate the flat stick side in time to receive the ball on the backhand

Roll the ball past the body and receive it past the front foot

Don’t receive the ball too close to the body

Receiving the ball from the left

Stick approx. 45º to the ground

Receive the ball at the left foot, slow down and guide it to the right side of the body.

Left elbow turning away from the body towards the front

Bring ball to normal dribble position

Receiving the ball from the right in front of the body with the backhand

Turn the stick so that the hook points downwards

Stick approx. 45º to the ground

Right elbow and the back of the right hand point in the direction of the ball

Receive the ball in front of or even beyond the left foot

Quickly guide the ball to the normal dribble position at the right side of the body

Receiving the ball from the right side at the back foot

Stick approx. 45º to the ground

Turn the upper body to the right side in the direction of the ball

Left shoulder turning forward, left elbow pointing forward

Feet continue to point forward

Receive the ball at the back foot and quickly guide it to the normal dribble position.

Keeping the ball on the forehand, away from the body.

Receiving closed

Closed receiving is aimed at shielding, protecting the ball.

The player doesn’t want to lose a ball.

Receiving the ball with the back pointing to the enemy goal

Receiving the ball in front of the body with the body between the ball and the opponent

elbows apart to optimally shield the ball

Receiving and keep turning

Recieve the ball closed on the forehand

Shield the ball with the body

Accelerate and dribble with a bow to the right around the opponent

Left elbow outwards, keep ball contact

If necessary, make a feint movement to camouflage the run direction

Side-stop

Feint movement in which the opponent is passed while the attacker receives the ball

Pass comes from the left

Threaten to receive the ball in front of the body by stepping towards the ball

Step back and let the ball roll in front of the body

Receive the ball, turning the left shoulder forward.

Possibly lift and accelerate the ball slightly along the opponent

Ball from right: Then receive the ball with the backhand.

Passing the defender

Haringtrick (called by the dutch)

Dribble towards the opponent

Threaten to bring the ball in front of the body by slightly closing the flat stick side

Pass the ball to the right side of the opponent

Pass the opponent on the left

Get back in ball possession quickly for the follow-up action

Chop, as a passing technique

Ball lies at or even behind the right foot

When the opponent’s stick is heading to the ball, hit the ball at the back by a short, quick hit.

The ball jumps up over the opponent’s stick

Speed up past the opponent

Receiving lifting

Lift the ball over the opponent’s stick in one movement while receiving the ball

Flat stick side “open”

Guide the ball during the lift

Accelerate after the action

Drag/Dummy (left)

Dribble towards the opponent

Bring the ball right in front of the body

Threatening to go along the opponent’s backhand side by opening the flat stick side or by a feint pass to the right.

Pull the ball for the feet wide to the left. This can also be done by a short quick hit on the ball.

Follow-up action: e.g. accelerate with one hand along the left side of the opponent and then dribble to the right to cut off

Drag/Dummy (right)

Dribble towards the opponent

Bring the ball left in front of the body

Threatening to go along the forehand side of the opponent e.g. by a feint pass to the left.

Elbows apart

Pull the ball in front of the feet wide to the right

During a dummy sweep with the stick over the ball, pull to the right

Accelerate past the opponent and dribble to the left to cut off

Triangle (pass on the right)

Left foot is in front of the right foot

The ball is in front of the left foot

Body weight on the left leg

Retrieve the ball with the backhand diagonally back to the right foot, out of reach of the opponent

Apply body weight to the right leg

Bring the ball to the right, past the opponent

Shuffle

Hands in the normal grip, hands apart

Dribble with the ball far in front of the body

When you are near the opponent retrieve the ball with the hook

Follow-up action: accelerate to the front left or right

Defending

Tackle back

Approaching the opponent in possession of the ball from (right-)behind

Take the ball by hitting the ball off the stick

Do not hit until you walk beside the opponent, so that you do not hit the stick but the ball

Other tackle back techniques are the jab, steal or shave.

Frontal Block (forehand)

Let the opponent run towards you on your forehand

Bent deep through the knees, body weight is low and in front of the body

Stick in left hand, hold almost horizontally

Keep arm stretched

Block the ball in the middle of the stick

Push the ball forward and to the left

Put your right hand also on the stick for the follow-up action

Shave

Approaching the opponent in possession of the ball from (right-)behind

Hold the stick in the left hand

Flat stick side open so the flat side points upwards

Place the stick flat on the ground and between the ball and the opponent’s feet

With a quick wrist movement ‘shaving’ the ball from the bottom of the opponent’s stick

Pull the ball towards you for the follow-up action

Steal

Approaching the opponent in possession of the ball from (right) behind

Stick in the left hand and flat stick side half open, the hook points downwards

Place stick over opponents’ stick against the ball

With a quick flick of the wrist, bring the ball to the right and ‘steal’ the ball from the opponents stick

Pull the ball towards you for the follow-up action

Jab on forehand

The Jab is a one-handed technique for getting ball possession

Stick in left hand

Flat stick side open so that the flat side points upwards

Left arm stretched, left front foot for maximum reach

Stab the ball from the opponent’s stick with a quick movement

After, do not step forward, but step back to not be passed by the opponent

The jab doesn’t always guarantee ball possession. However, the striker can get the ball on his feet. This technique ensures most of the time that the opponent is stopped

Jab as a tackle back technique

Approaching the opponent in possession of the ball from the side

Stick in left hand

Flat stick side open so that the flat side points upwards

Left arm stretched, left front foot for maximum reach

Stab the ball from the opponent’s stick with a quick movement

The jab does not always guarantee possession of the ball, but at least stops the opponent.

Jab dribble

Stick in left hand, arm almost stretched

Quick stab movement under the ball

Try to keep the ball as high as possible

Scoring

Hitting while turning

Body weight on the left foot

Left shoulder towards the goal

Ball position left in front of the body

Hitting while running

Body forward

Arms away from the body

Good footwork

Variation: hitting with left front foot/ right front foot

Hitting from the right leg

Weight on the right leg

Good footwork required

Quick back swing

Flat stick side vertically

Long slap

Hands close to the ground

Hands close together

Stick ‘sweeps’ over the ground

Combination of fast arm and wrist movement

High long slap: high scoring technique by a short quick long slap from the wrist

Backhand long slap

Hands low to the ground

Hit the ball with the side of the stick

Combination of fast arm and wrist movement

Position of the ball and wrist movement determine the direction

Slapshot

Hands apart from eachother

Good footwork required

Short back swing

Pointing the ball with the stick

Quick and short movement

Chip / Chap slap

Stick almost flat and tilted a little

sweep the ball with not to much force

Drag flick

Weight on the right leg

Ball in the curl of the stick

Right hand low

Tip in

Move towards the goal and/or the ball

At the moment of hitting, the stick is at the ground

Stick does not move around, so do not give it extra speed

The direction of the tip is determined by the angle of the flat stick side: flat stick side open -> ball goes up

With a flat ball it is possible to lay the stick flat = larger stick area

At a high ball: put the stick vertically and pass with the hook or flat side of the stick