When rackets kiss the ball

When rackets kiss the ball

A bit like before an exam. But I'm "only" going to the DHB's field hockey scouting course. Although I haven't played field hockey myself so far, as a mother of three field hockey boys I've now been bitten by the field hockey bug, and the field hockey scout course is intended to clarify whether I'm confident enough to run a training session with lots of fun and a bit of field hockey for the bambinis at our club.

I borrowed my racket and glove from my big boy, because there are also four practice sessions on the schedule. Friday afternoon, punctually at 17:00 o'clock it starts in a seminar room in the Jahnhalle in Bad Kreuznach. There are 14 of us and, to my relief, there are many other field hockey parents who have also come to participate by watching.

Our instructors, Linda and Iris, get started right away. First we get an overview of what they have in store for us, then everyone is allowed to introduce themselves briefly and tell why they are taking part in the course. Almost all of them have children who play field hockey themselves, and only a minority of them come from a field hockey family – the field hockey virus seems to have infected more than just me.

For all of us it is true that we want to do something for the new generation in field hockey, and there are also some of us who already have concrete plans or want to use the field hockey scout also in their profession. Ceylan, as an educator, would like to offer field hockey in the daycare center, Franka and Andrea in the school. David, by far the youngest in the group, is doing his training at the Kreuznacher HC, Gisela is in early retirement and would like to use her free time for her club, Petra is training to become a club manager. At dinner the animated conversations already start – many topics. Problems are similar in the clubs. Thus we go already as a group into the first practice unit in the hall. Iris has us play frisbee field hockey to warm up – great fun that gets us all out of breath in a few minutes. For children a super warm-up game -. We will get to know some more of them. After a break to drink, we are actually allowed to pick up the clubs. Iris teaches us field hockey from the ground up: Stick position, body position and the whole thing with lots of tips on how we can also teach these basics in a way that is suitable for children. Left hand and right hand can get mixed up sometimes.

Over the course of the four practice sessions, we will learn to play and stop the ball, run the ball, run curves, dribble, forehand and backhand pulls, run free, and pass. Iris patiently repeats the appropriate vocabulary and teaches us together with Linda many tricks how to teach children these basic techniques in an understandable way. When guiding the ball, the "stick must kiss the ball", i.E. Must not lose contact – to make sure it is always the right, flat side, it can be helpful to put a sticker there (star, smiley, kissing mouth). Dribbling proves to be really difficult for me in practice – my right hand is always spinning, although I actually know that it should stay still.

The time in the hall always flies by with various games and station exercises, however, in the evening the muscles give feedback that they do not know this sport yet. Well, they will get used to it. I'm amazed at how much we can learn in so few sessions – our final game is really fun to play.

The theory sessions are just as interesting. Linda goes through the topics of field hockey in schools and daycare centers with us, explains the structure of a practice session as well as the possibilities and opportunities of all-day care for the clubs, points out possibilities of being supported by Bufdis or Fsj'ler and encourages us again and again to discuss and exchange ideas. At some point my head is buzzing with ideas, possibilities and starting points – I hold on to a sentence that Linda said at the very beginning: "We will give you a huge fruit basket of ideas in the next few days – pick one fruit, one concrete thing from it that you can also implement."Not so easy, because at the latest when Linda unpacks the box of ideas, the carousel of ideas starts to go round very fast again. There are just a lot of great suggestions. Some of them are so simple and ingenious at the same time, that the own "fruit basket" quickly grows by two or three fruits.

The detailed information material we get offers a lot of reading for the next days and weeks and as a treat everyone gets autograph cards of the Danas and Honamas. The children at home will be pleased!

Three very intensive days. The host club, the VfL Bad Kreuznach, provides us with coffee and water, the common meals are very well organized and due to the interesting discussions they are often extended beyond the scheduled time. It's just fun, this training course with Linda, Iris and everyone else. Not only to me, but to all, at the final round there is only praise and no criticism.

We have grown together. On the last day, almost half of us are wearing the freshly acquired red HockeyScout T-shirt – we have all become "field hockey participants" and part of the field hockey family. A little bit of melancholy is already there when saying goodbye. What probably each of us will implement?

At home I show my boys what I have learned now everything. My big guy is not happy with my backhand pull though. "You've got to do the back lunge, Mom, not the front lunge." When he sees me nod contritely, he says encouragingly, "But other than that, it's been really good".

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