Why the indoor game is one of the best ways to boost your hockey skills

The German and Dutch hockey teams are among the top-ranked in the world and it’s no accident that they hone their skills indoors. In November outdoor hockey stops in these countries and they move the game indoors until the end of February.This means players in these countries get far more pitch time than in the UK and their coaches know its great for mobility and honing their skills.

So why is it so good for making you a better player? Firstly, because it’s warmer indoors it’s easier to for a coach to explain to you exactly what you need to do to improve.  It’s simply not possible to talk through skills in the same way on a freezing night in February, for example.

What else? Indoor is played with five outfield players and one goalkeeper and the same basic principles as the outdoor game.  However, less players on the pitch means more touches on the ball – and more decision making in a game environment. You automatically improve. Indeed, your chances of improving have tripled because you have threefold more time on the ball. There’s nothing like it for improving your hockey.

The best hockey coaches agree that  indoor is a must-have for improving their players. Defensively – because it forces you to get low down in a good strong mobile position. Attacking –  because although there are no 3d skills it hones V drag, roll out skills and one v one elimination.

There is absolutely nothing better if you want to improve your hockey.