After the success of the Samsung Indoor World Cup, discussions about Indoor Hockey started. Tayyab Ikram, the FIH Coaching Manager, gives his Indoor Hockey opinion about the way the good practices, the development and the relation with ‘field’ hockey’. He gathered different opinions from development and coaching experts.
Indoor Hockey is a supplement to the outdoor game. Indoor Hockey provides more playing opportunities outside of the traditional seasons and in different circumstances for example when fewer players are available or there is limited playing space.
Indoor Hockey can be played in nearly every country in the world irrespective of climate, financial conditions, populations and facilities. There is a big gap between field and indoor hockey in terms of resources needed, as it can be played on most of the indoor surfaces available and even on leveled pitches outside!
We have experienced that indoor hockey offers an excellent way of introducing hockey where it has not been played before. Hard surface courts are available almost anywhere and that’s the starting point for deciding on indoor hockey.
Because it involves fewer players than field hockey, it is also an excellent way of playing and developing the sport if there are only small numbers of participants.
Indoor Hockey could be considered as one of the big stones for the development and practice of our sport as it gives the opportunity to start at early age. The size of the pitch and the even surface make it more appropriate for young players to enjoy and discover the fun of our game
The skills involved in indoor hockey also help the skill acquisition process for the outdoor game. Indoor hockey is extremely important in coaching and developing young players because the speed of the game challenges them to make quick decisions and time their actions. As the field is much smaller and the ball changes direction all the time, all players are integrated in the game.
Indoor hockey offers easier tactics for young children, who can quickly be introduced into the playing and running concepts. Indoor is also important from a marketing point of view as it is a sport that is easily televised. A great atmosphere can be created, resulting in larger audiences and sponsorship. All of this has value on its own and can also be of spin off to the field hockey game.
The FIH is therefore attaching increasing importance to the indoor game including a review of its rules which has just been launched by the Hockey Rules Board.
INDOOR HOCKEY – how do the experts around the world see it?
‘Indoor plays an important role in USA Field Hockey. Hockey is most popular in the regions of the
‘USA Field Hockey has responded to the interest by creating a National Indoor Championship for Adults and young athletes. We hold qualifying tournaments during the month of December, January, and February. Teams meeting the selection qualifications are invited to attend the National Indoor Tournament. March 2007
FIH Master Coach Ruediger Haenel feels that Indoor Hockey in
‘There is a strong and serious competition system. You can play Indoor Hockey in any school facility and the combination of indoor and outdoor hockey means that you can play hockey all year round and therefore be able to compete with other sports.’
Rodolfo Mendoza, FIH Master Coach in Pan
‘Indoor Hockey is mainly a winter sport and played more frequently and consistently in the Northern Hemisphere, where winters are longer and extremer, compared with the South. Definitely,
Up to date, the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) has organized three Indoor Pan American Cups simultaneously for both Men’s and Women’s.
In the Caribbean region Indoor Hockey is played in many countries (Guyana, Barbados, Venezuela, and some more) but Trinidad & Tobago is the country with the more consistent participation in both Pan Am and FIH Indoor World Cup.
John Hooper an Australian Working in
‘I view with optimism
This event will mark
‘Recently the penultimate “Big day in” England Men’s, Women’s and Juniors All England Indoor hockey championships, has attracted profit making crowds of between 4,000 – 7,000 spectators. All of this televised by Sky Sports. Sponsorships and being well organized has made this a self funded event.’
Lucho Pacheco from
‘Indoor Hockey in
‘In these circumstances Indoor Hockey has become the easy sport to practice in cement outdoor pitches most of which are basketball pitches or small football pitches.
Every year more schools are joining to promote and compete in this new sport as it is considered easy to develop as well as liked by the children. The P.E teachers are attracted with this new sport. They don’t need big pitches and they can start with few materials.’
Roberto Flores from
‘Although I am an advocate of Indoor Hockey, I must admit that its development in
‘It is completely different in
Bill Gaudette, FIH Coaching Expert of Indoor and outdoor
‘In my opinion, Indoor Hockey has the ability to provide a level playing field for nearly every country in the world irrespective of climate, financial conditions, populations and facilities. An equal opportunity for the small country to effectively compete with the Giants of Field Hockey. With a commitment to excellence, a quality coach, a few players and a local facility, the “will and might” of a smaller nation can emerge as a key competitor within the FIH world of Indoor Hockey.’
‘Indoor hockey is a fast paced sport that appears well suited to the tastes of American Sports fans. First we need to foster the drama in Indoor Hockey and then follow the example of basketball which is more of a “microscopic activity” that women can personally love, hate, admire and analyze. Yes women need to be a key factor in our marketing efforts as they will be a major influence in our spectator base. In the
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