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First International Indoor Hockey Coaching Course Held in Leipzig
17 Dec 2002 15:32

The FIH and German Hockey Federation DHB will be organising the FIH First International Indoor Hockey Coaching Course, which will take place during the First FIH Men's and Women’s Indoor World Cup Tournaments 2003 in Leipzig, Germany. The course will be held from Monday February 3 until Sunday February 9, 2003.

The FIH Master Coach Ruediger Haenel, who is one of most experienced course conductors FIH has, will lead the conductors team. Other conductors will also have impressive knowledge and experience of indoor hockey coaching. International experts specialised in indoor hockey coaching will also be invited to participate in forum discussions.

Although technical skills are similar with field hockey, indoor coaching has its own characteristics and different emphasis in its training methodology. Indoor hockey is an interesting form of hockey and in some countries is more popular than field hockey. Indoor hockey is also a very good means of developing technical skills and position play. It can also be played outdoors, and on various types of surfaces. From indoor hockey many forms of smaller sized hockey can be derived. This becomes especially attractive when no full-size field hockey pitch is available, or the numbers of players are not sufficient for field hockey.

The FIH Development and Coaching Committee sees this first indoor coaching course as an important mile stone for hockey. The course is also a unique opportunity for coaches from all over the world to gain knowledge and experience about indoor coaching in an international exchange. It will be a learning experience as well as an opportunity to watch some world class indoor actions of world Cup games, which will be an official part of the course programme.

For further information on the course and how to apply, please see the Coaching section of FIHockey.org.

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