Coaching E-Newsletter #8   DEVELOPING Coaches and Players

 Purpose: Bridge the gap between Soft Skills and Hard Skills

Core Themes covered in this issue

Tactical: How to operate effectively and efficiently in the Right Offensive Quadrant Corner (ROQC) adjacent to the Primary Play Making Space (PPMS) and Secondary Play Making Space (SPMS), as a Right Winger.

Technical: How to develop the technical skills, mental pictures of the game situation/Patterns of Play, among the young and upcoming players, to play at their best in this space and position.

Video clips: Supporting the core theme of this issue.

Training Method Tips: How to develop the passing, receiving, dodging and the cross - hitting/pushing - techniques of a young hockey player to play effectively in this position.

Food for Thought: The difference between building the attack from the right ROQ and the LOQ, while taking a page from the 2018 Football World Cup, where France and Croatia won the first two positions, respectively.  And 2018 Odisha HWC, where Belgium and Netherlands won the gold and silver, respectively.

Motivational Quotes: Mindset

In case if you have not read the previous CNL’s, please visit and click on the tab on the top right side “coaching newsletter”. And you will find the link to all the previous issues.

As all these CNL’s are interlinked and interdependent, like building blocks. It may be hard, for some of you, to understand the topics covered in this issue and the ones in the future, especially the game concepts and the terminology, as they are different and new.

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Tactical Component:

In this issue, we are going to shift our focus from the PPMS and SPMS to the space which is located adjacent to it. In between the 23 meters line, right side line and the baseline. We are going to call it Right Offensive Quadrant Corner. (ROQC). Let’s divide it equally into 6 departments, while numbering them from 1 – 6, going clock wise, from top left square. We will briefly discuss their strategic value during the video session. They are all equally important to generate quality moves and passes, depending upon the technical and tactical brilliance of an individual player, and the game situation.

Please see the Diagram below

Technical Component:

The style and the strategic moves, for playing in this position and zone are different than those to play in the RDQ, ROQ - PPMS and SPMS. It is more like eliminating the opponent, on the run with speed, implementing penetrating dodges.

We as coaches must develop the following skills, to make the forward, Right Winger a strong player. Firstly, it is important to have a clear picture in your mind, of the style of player, you would like to see the young player being developed as. E.G. when I coach and develop a young player, I observe and ask these questions to myself;

  • What natural style of play does this player have?
  • Can I correlate it with a former great right winger I have in my mind?

I retrieve, coordinate and match up the mental pictures, from my memory bank, to the player’s, current game situation.

Then I shape and mold the young player in that direction. I/we focus upon; Leading, Receiving, First Touch, Passing and footwork - which has to be Nibble - to eliminate the opponent on the run and hit crosses.

Training Methods Tips:

In order to develop the right winger to become an effective striker/forward, Please click on this video links, to view the strategic moves.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Fruits of Labor: A shinning example

Hard work never goes unrewarded. Gracie, who has worked so hard for the past two years, despite being an outstanding soccer player, with a bright future. She deliberately decided to play only field hockey last year. Please have a look at her recruiting video below. You be the judge. How different – unique she is - from her peers of this age group - in her style of play, game sense and decision-making ability. EG;

  • Ball control,
  • Passing and receiving
  • Play making moves and distribution
  • Intelligent reading of the play and decision making

It is a beauty to watch her play. I wish we had more players in the world, like her at this stage of the development.

Here is the video link


  • Encourage the players to receive the ball, on the run, with an open stick and controlling it with a first touch
  • Develop their Present Game Situational Awareness and game understanding of knowing, where they are, and where they can go or pass the ball, in relation to their marker, team mates and the side lines. Please refer to the Germany teams’ examples below, from the 2018 Odisha HWC. titled This is hockey, and This is not hockey at its best
  • Teach them to scan the field before receiving a pass and play first time. Especially when marked tightly, give and go passes. View Croatia’s Luka Mordic and Barcelona football club’s matches, to develop better understanding of the game. Please note, I have selected 2 plays of Germany, more or less from the same type of game situations, during their 2018 Odisha HWC, quarter final match against Belgium. One, where they score a beautiful field goal, executing pin point passing and receiving, on the run, while playing hockey first time. This is hockey at its best! Another during the dying minutes of the game, where it forces me to say. This is hockey Not at its best. And that also coming from a experienced player like Florian Fuchs. Hard to believe. Doesn’t Game pressure clouds your clear thinking?
  • Higher the risk higher the rewards
  • Avoid coming in your own way
  • Use quick short swings to cross the ball on the run
  • Tips to communicate verbally and non-verbally
  • Be on your toes, nibble footed. Imagine you are walking on the egg shells


  • Unnecessary spinning in circle with the ball, in front of the opponent. Please refer to Florian Fuchs, above video link
  • Over protecting the ball on your side, while coming in your own way, without even being aware of it. Please refer to Sunil’s photo sequence below
  • Receiving the ball with your back towards the opponent’s goal line. Yes, it is a different story, when you make a block pass for your overlapping teammate. Our top players overdo it and hurt none other than themselves and the team
  • Unnecessary spinning from one’s strong side to weak side. A disease which all our top players have, with an exception of a very few. It has been spreading like cancer since the beginning of this millennium, without being detected by our “expert hockey doctor’s” aka coaches. It will be interesting to hear the views of the real medicine doctor; Dr. Ric Charlesworth, from down under! what he thinks about it? Is he is in favor of it or not?

I believe it should be implemented only at the ratio of 20 – 30 % during the game and not as is the case now - approximately 70%. Its application should be, wisely done, depending upon the game situation. This was very apparent during the 2018 Odisha HWC, especially at the D top and in the circle, of the Left Offensive Quadrant. (LOQ).

In my view, it was one of the key factors which hindered the Dutch and robbed them from winning their final match and the 2018 Odisha HWC gold medal. I will cover this topic in the future CNL’s.


Photos are worth a thousand words:

Here is the comparative analysis of the style of play and thought process of two international players, namely Sunil and Messi. See below.

In the collage above, SV Sunil, member of the Indian national team and a right winger/striker by trade, is over protecting the ball while running in a straight line, with his head down. He finally gets fouled upon but the same time, the Indian should not blame anyone but his coaches, who have taught him this style of running with the ball.

Please observe how Messi is taking on his defender, in the positional zone play of the Right Winger position. You can see, how he is not afraid to expose the ball, to entice the defender to leave him helplessly behind. Quite contrary to the way Sunil is overprotecting the ball. In Sunil’s case he fell and in Messi’s case the defender’s fell. Please view both sequences clock wise.

Food for Thought:

Here I like to cover the difference between building the attack from the right ROQ versus LOQ, while taking a page from the 2018 Football World Cup, won by France and Croatia being the runners up.

There is absolutely no question in my mind, that building the attack from the right side and then converting goals from the center or left side is a solid game plan. This is subject to your team, having the players, with the technical and tactical creativite skills to create and make it happen.

I would like to make a point here. One of the key reasons that Croatia did so well at the 2018 World cup was due to their Right-Side Attack, vastly engineered by the player of the tournament, namely Luke Modric, playing as a Right Inner. And Brazil not doing that well as expected from them, was due to their strategy to over build and generate the attack from the left side. While relying too much on Neymar, who hurt himself and his reputation for over acting, while faking an injury, when fouled by the crafty opponents. In fact, when he was actually nailed down deliberately by the opponents in the box and deserved a Penalty kick, in the crucial knock out stage of the tournament, the call went against him. As the umpire thought, he was faking a fall/injury, based on his reputation. Calling fox way too many times.

Here are two examples of individual brilliance, which changed the game.  If you remember the two key forwards, from Belgium, Roman Lukaku # 10 and France, Kylian Mbappe, their moves with body feints, change of pace/direction and the penetrating dodges, buried the mighty Brazilians and Croatia, respectively. Here is a highlight link with Lukaku’s assist for Belgium’s 2nd goal And Kylian’s highlights. A beauty to watch.

Please fast forward Lukaku’s and Kylian’s YouTube link below to .45- and 8.45-seconds time frame, respectively.



Quote: “The longer this goes Charlie, the more I think that it will take a piece of individual brilliance or perhaps just some terrible error.” Charlie replies, “I hope it is brilliance”.

This conversation occurred during the 2nd quarter of the 2018 Odisha HWC final match, between Belgium and Netherlands, when the score was 0 - 0. Expert commentator, Ric Charlesworth whispered this to his fellow commentator Charlie - and the audience.

The naked fact is that these days individual brilliance is very rare to see, in our game. We see it only, once in a blue moon. We need more individual players with hockey intelligence – game sense – and brilliance, to take the team on their shoulders and make the difference, when it matters the most, especially when the two closely matched teams and locked 0 – 0. Individual players, with the support of their teammates becomes the game changer.  

Be aware:

A new wave is on the rise. The game is changing and improving. The traditional soft skills are making a comeback, although slowly but steadily. We could see them being demonstrated during the 2018 Odisha HWC, by only the top teams. The final gold medal match is a classic example. I have no hesitation in saying, that the way the top players and teams were executing soft skills, is still in an embryo stage. They have a long way to go. Mind you these top coaches are very intelligent and will develop them quickly.

It will be a shame to see, the hockey playing nations, who were deprived of the medal, at the 2018 Odisha HWC, for not being able to recognize and anticipate this powerful change. It is a quiet revolution in the making. Just the way, most hockey playing nations were caught napping, while Germany and Netherlands mastered the strategic plays of circulating the ball in the back. Didn’t they conquer the world from 1996 – 2012? In which Netherlands and Germany shared 2 Olympic gold medals back to back, while Australia, robbed Netherlands, from striking a hat trick of gold medals. And won their first ever gold medal, at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, under Coach Barry Dancer’s guidance.

There are three type of coaches; First the ones who make it happen, second who watch it happen, and the third who wonder what happened?  Please don’t be like Coach Shiv, who just always wonder’s what happened. Poor me...

To advocate my point of the quiet revolution – positive change - in the making, here is an example with a beautiful sequence of photographs. It happened, during the 2018 Odisha World Cup Pool match between, Australia and England. We all had to wait till the 4th quarter of the match to see this 3rd goal. The first goal scored by Australia, which included awesome passing and receiving with soft touches, on the run, was a beauty too.

View FIH World Cup highlights, of this match on the You tube.

It is encouraging to see, our top coaches making a sincere effort to strike an optimum balance between the Soft and Hard skills, while blending it with science and art, the way it should be. It is going to take another 4 – 12 years, before it is fully blossomed, depending upon, which stage they are at their Youth Elite development program.

We want to go and see a match with different style of plays, now most teams play, more or less the same style of hockey.

Quote: “The major reason for the success of the Czech team is that they preserved the features that characterize their ice hockey. I can say the same for the Finns. If you maintain your traditions, it allows you to maintain your identity. That’s important. We are not supposed to pray to one god.”                                               

Vladimar Yurzinov, Russian ice hockey team coach. Czech and Finns won the 1998 Nagano Olympic games, gold and bronze medals, respectively.


Motivational Quotes:

These quotes have been taken from the book Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck, Professor. Stanford University, CA

And the article “Why facts don’t change our minds”, by James Clear

Definition of mindset:

“Mindset" refers to implicit theories that individuals hold regarding the nature of intelligent behavior; to the degree that individuals attribute intelligence to fixed traits, they hold a “fixed" theory of intelligence (that is, a fixed mindset), and to the degree that they attribute intelligence to learning, effort, training, and practice, they hold a “growth" theory of intelligence (that is, a growth mindset).


Am I in the mode of a Fixed mindset or Growth mindset?

I immigrated to Canada from India in 1977. I learned my hockey playing purely Indian style. After observing Germany playing in the 1982 Junior World Cup, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and 1982 World Cup, Bombay, India, in which they had won gold and silver medals respectively. Enlightened me, to see and play hockey with a completely different mindset, strategies and tactics. There was a big shift in paradigm. The Key lessons learnt were;

  • How to play indirect hockey via circulating the ball in the back to control the game and its pace
  • It was a brilliant idea - innovative - and created vast open strategic space in the opponent’s deep defense, where it is needed the most to score field goals. Mind you at that time the No offside rule was not prevalent
  • This was done intelligently by running off the ball individually and as a team

At the same time, this didn’t influence me enough to discard the individual and mini group silky Soft skills, to generate creativity, and play highly effective hockey, even up to this day.  

Notes from James Clear’s article:

According to, James Clear;

Why don't facts change our minds? And why would someone continue to believe a false or inaccurate idea anyway?

Here are his views. Truth and accuracy are not the only things that matter to the human mind. Humans also seem to have a deep desire to belong. Understanding the truth of a situation is important, but so is remaining part of a tribe. While these two desires often work well together, they occasionally come into conflict.

In other words, Mob Mentality. Don’t we follow the new fashion, to be belonged? Even though it repeats itself.

Quote: “We must always know exactly what we know and what we do not know – and never get the two confused.”

General George Patton, an American commanding general in the Second World War


Coaching programs:

Coach Shiv and his coaching staff are based in San Jose, CA, USA, and Vancouver, BC, Canada. SCA conducts Coach Education and Elite Youth Player Development programs, worldwide. These programs can be delivered by visiting the respective training centers or on line, using long distance learning. The world is so small and still so big. Thanks to modern technology.

SCA has conducted these coaching courses and Seminars for the coaches / players in various countries namely, Australia, USA, Canada, India, and Malaysia, to name a few.



“How we see and read the play is a result of our game understanding; “Thought Process”, which creates “Mental Pictures”. These painted mental pictures in our mind, are the driving force to make wise decisions, under pressure during the run of play. The quality of decisions will entirely depend upon, how crystal clear or blurred the quality of these mental pictures are. It’s that simple. Period.

Please educate the future champs to develop clear mental pictures, in order to perform in the peak performance zone, under tremendous pressure”.

Shiv Jagday


Develop the coach before developing the player

Coach Shiv being an accredited FIH Coach and a FIH Coaching Academy Coach Educator, has been conducting FIH Coaching courses, since 1988.

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Coaching E-Newsletter staff

Editor: Elaine Goodman

Director of Communication & Design: Ranbir Kahlon

Conceptual Thinking & Philosophy: Shiv Jagday

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