Overview of today’s workshop: Simplicity without over complication.
Coaches need to keep it simple & replicate match situations through games, drills & visualisation through theses drills.
-Every player must know their job clearly from the coach, coaches can’t just assume a player knows his role.
– First touch, clean long striking on left & right, basic skills will ALWAYS be the most important aspects in hurling.
– Backs; marking tight, covering for each other, having confidence to attack the ball with aggression
– Use the ball well, give in a good ball
– Midfield : support and link man for both backs & forwards.
– Team chain : midfielders must cover & help backs but forwards must then cover midfielders. Everyone must do their job for the team.
– Breaking ball is key, HUGE hunger, timing & understanding to get there : must supply good ball into the forwards and act as a support runner with timed runs. Forwards ability to play in different places
– Constant movement
– Must unsettle backs
– Runners coming through and support play off the ball is crucial.
– Never give up and keep doing basic things well, especially when things are going against you.
– A good team always have people willing to lead and cover for each other.
– Preparation and Knowing that you have done the work relaxes a player
Willie Cleary: Hurling Development Officer