I’m often asked which field hockey skills players should focus on but it often depends on a number of factors such as your current level, your position, your strengths, weaknesses, etc.
However, I decided to come up with a list of the top 10 field hockey skills that I think are most useful for the majority of modern day field hockey players to focus on.
The order in which you develop these skills will depend on various factors, but I encourage you to choose just 1-2 at a time so that you start to notice an improvement.
10 Top Field Hockey Skills To Master:
#1: First Touch (Trapping)
Your first touch or “trapping” is the ability to receive the ball under control and head in the direction of where the space is.
A good first touch will give you more time to look up to see what to do next. It will help to pre-scan before you get the ball to identify where the space is for your next move.
For example you could use hard hands to receive into space in front of you or it could be using soft hands to allow the ball across your body.
You could also move the ball to the left or right of your player with your first touch to create space and receive balls into space (front side and upright reverse).
It is also worth improving your ability to trap bouncing balls off both your right and left foot and balls into space (upright reverse).
I highly recommend you work on your ability to receive the ball from many different positions (static, moving, feet facing forward, back to goal, from left side, from right side, etc).