Players praise Hockey India’s online coaching course, say it was insightful | Hockey News

BENGALURU: Senior national team players said on Saturday that Hockey India’s ‘basic’ level coaching course has given them a lot of perspective on the game which will help them make better decisions on the pitch.
A total of 32 senior men and 23 basic probable women, currently stationed at the Sports Authority of India Center here, have completed the online course.
The course was part of a meticulously designed coaching program known as the “Hockey India Coaching Education Pathway” which was launched last year with the aim of providing a streamlined education structure that helps in the development of coaches.
Probable principals were given 36 hours to review their online sessions and then take an online assessment exam based on the latest FIH rules and regulations.
The online assessment exam for men and women took place on May 11 and May 15 respectively.
Men’s team midfielder Hardik Singh says learning all the rules and regulations will help him make better decisions.
“Hockey is a very fast sport. A lot of things happen in seconds and sometimes we don’t have a lot of time to make good decisions,” he said.
“Learning all the rules and regulations through the coaching course will really help me get the ball going fast and know when we should go for video referrals during games,” said the 21-year-old.
Striker Ramandeep said he was happy to learn the history of the game.
“I really enjoyed the course. I have been playing for a long time but I did not know so much about the history of the game. Hockey has been a very important sport for Indian citizens and it was surely important for us to learn how sport was invented and the progressive spread of sport in the world.”
“Learning the history of the game has helped me add context to the sport and I think that experience will help us become better players,” he added.
Women’s team goalkeeper Savita said learning the dimensions of the pitch will help her communicate better with defenders.
“As a goalkeeper, I think it’s very important for me to know the dimensions of the hockey field,” she said.
“If I know the dimensions of the pitch well, I can make sure our defenders are standing in the right positions and that will definitely improve the way we communicate on the pitch.”
Forward Sharmila Devi added that the course will make a big difference in how she plays the sport in the future.
“The coaching course was really insightful and informative. Considering I’m still finding my way in international hockey, it’s great that I can look at the sport through the eyes of the coaching staff and that I also familiarize myself with the rules and regulations of the sport.
“With more theoretical knowledge of the sport, I think we’ll all have a much better understanding of hockey once we get back on the field,” the 18-year-old said.

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