Hockey seminar?s attendees set goals
LAST weekend's hockey goalkeeping seminar at the Grafton Hockey Centre at Fisher Park has been rated an outstanding success.
The first of several clinics planned for 2006, it has provided goalies and their coaches with a boost to their knowledge base that is bound to be reflected in on-field performances.
The seminar began on Friday night with 25 people attending a seminar on 'How to Coach Goalkeepers'.
This seminar, not to be missed, was attended by coaches, selectors, parents and anyone interested in coaching and expanding their knowledge base.
This was presented by head coach Ivan Boultan from Sydney.
Boultan is the new men's Australian Hockey League coach, is a coach for the International Hockey League, has a level 2 National Accreditation for coaching and has coached extensively throughout New Zealand and South Africa.
He has been coaching hockey full time for the past 10 years.
Subjects covered included both the mental and physical aspects of the game and welcomed open discussions from the group.
Saturday's clinic attended by 28 goalkeepers from Port Macquarie to Lismore and ranging from men's and women's A grade through to the junior boys and girls.
This started with the introduction Boultan as head coach and the assistant coaches who are all top class Grafton players at local and state level.
Six stations were set up with 5 players in each group and worked through an extensive program -- the first session mainly at ground level including basic kicking techniques, ground saves and saving of the wide shots and clearing techniques while the afternoon session was reserved for the more dynamic training aimed at improving the keepers reactions and mobility, zoning and improving positioning.
This included the more complex routines involving several attackers, blocking and diving saves, high balls, angles and circle positioning.
Feedback was very positive and hopes to have a follow-up clinic in a few months.
Boultan will be back in Grafton to run a Level O and Level 1 coaching accreditation course on March 25 and 26.