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Getting Started in Coaching

This is a Sports New Zealand publication designed for new coaches.



The TGFU approach to coaching is nothing new. Using games to teach players the skills and tactics. Situational learning is used in most educational institutions so why not apply it on the hockey field.

Dennis Slade has published a book on the subject.  Available at Bennetts at Massey University for about $50 or online

Slade, 2010. Transforming play: Teaching tactics and game sense Ill Human Kinetics

6-a-side positional play

This document sets out a pattern of play that we think will benefit both intermediate and secondary teams playing in the new 6-a-side competitions.


Basic 11-a-side Positional Play

This is an up to date resource that explains some basic positional concepts for the modern game. This resource was produced by Bryce Collins from North Harbour Hockey.

Basic Positional Requirements

Junior Drills

(Please ignore any competition and rules on these files as they may be incorrect for current season formats)

Year 7/8 drills

Coaching Resource for FlickSticks

Year 5/6 drills

Coaching Resource for SlickSticks 2014

Precepts of Hockey

This is a document detailing the ages and stages of a hockey players development.

Precepts of Hockey

Hockey Jargon

Hockey Jargon List

Hockey Stretches

This is a document detailing a hockey specific warm up.

ACC Sportsmart – Warm Up

Nutrition for Hockey

Waikato Hockey document on nutrition Hockey Nutrition.

Hockey Nutrition

Links to Hockey Resources

Hockey New Zealand – Resources
Hockey Australia – Resources
Hockey Videos on YouTube
Hockey Resources Web Site – Sportplan.net

Coaching News

Please check back for more information.

Hockey New Zealand Coach Development Framework

Hockey New Zealand has developed a new Coach Development Framework that is based on continuous improvement through increasing effective coaching skills, knowledge and understanding.

Coaching Dev – Coach Development Framework