Synopses & Reviews
In Field Hockey Techniques & Tactics, Olympic gold medalist Claire Mitchell-Taverner presents the skills and offensive and defensive systems that helped the Hockeyroos dominate the world stage for nearly a decade and revolutionize the game of field hockey.
Elevate your trapping, receiving, passing, dribbling, and shooting by learning the finer technical points of each attacking skill. Perfect your defensive techniques in anticipating opponents' moves and intercepting passes, making strong tackles, and creating eliminations to regain possession and set up additional attacks. And gain firsthand insights for the communicating and decision making required for excelling as a team.
Citing the aggressive attacking and defensive moves that the Hockeyroos used to win gold at every major international level over a 9-year span, Mitchell-Taverner places emphasis on applying the press, using man-to-man marking, and zoning up. She also teaches the keys to setting up breakaways and 2-on-1s; maintaining possession of the ball; and executing set plays like penalty corners, free hits outside the circle, and long corners.
Higher-level skill development and savvier play are a winning combination against tough competition. Use Field Hockey Techniques & Tactics to boost your performance and expand your knowledge of the game.
The Australian women's field hockey team, the Hockeyroos, revolutionized competitive field hockey, transforming it from a slow, methodical sport to the fast-paced, highly skilled team game that it is today. "Field Hockey Techniques & Tactics teaches the skills and tactics the Hockeyroos employed to ultimately change the face of field hockey. As a former member of this successful lineup, Claire Mitchell-Taverner shares her invaluable insights on attacking and defense, recounting the set plays and strategies that saw her team through an unprecedented string of international gold medals. Seventy drills are included to further promote skill and tactical development in such key areas as trapping, receiving, passing, dribbling, and shooting. Drawing on the experiences of world-renowned players and coaches, this book focuses on the finer points of technique that separate the great players from the good ones.
The first book to look at the advanced skills and proficiency in field hockey from the athlete's perspective presents in-depth offensive and defensive strategies.