Coach's Corner | Hockey Tip
The Three Speeds of a Field Hockey Player
An effective field hockey player possesses three speeds. All these speeds are important in a quality athlete. Elite level athletes possess a high degree of all three speeds.
Speed of foot/hand: This is overall quickness, explosive power, speed over a short or long distance, and agility of foot and speed of hand
Speed of ball: This is the ability to quickly move the ball on the stick, maintaining possession, receiving, and passing quickly and effectively. These are an athlete’s hockey skills.
Speed of thought: The ability to think an react to all situations as they arise. The quick and controlled responses to the when, where and why of ball and player movement. Speed of thought is the ability to react quickly through anticipation, deception, clue reading, visual skills, and the use of width and depth.