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Field Hockey Attack Concepts and Skills

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Field Hockey players that improve their skills quickly are self aware of the areas they need to improve. Below is a list of qualities that USA Field Hockey uses to define a great attacker. Campers can use these tips to critically think about which skills they would like to improve before the attend a Nike Field Hockey Camp.

Attack Skills

  • Deception and speed of shot.
  • Constant movement off ball, creativeness, making things happen, use of width and depth.
  • 1v1 attack skills - drawing defense, deceiving, spinning, speed change, control.
  • Shooting - aggressiveness and urgency towards goal, ability to shoot off both legs.
  • Threatening penetration success - effectiveness in getting behind defense.

Attack Concepts

  • Creative use of space, width, and depth.
  • Recognize 2 v 1 opportunity.
  • Off ball movement.
  • Ball penetration success.
  • Understanding offense roles of players
  • Transition abilities from attack to defense.
  • Changes of speed and direction with both ball and food speed.

Bonus Tip

Great attackers are also effective at leading their team. Attackers not only need to lead by example but also vocally on the turf. Talking your teammates through intense game situations is the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page!

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