National Training Weekends which take place once a month, were created to ensure the steady and continuous development of potential national players and to maximise the performance of national teams within Roller Hockey.
They form part of an essential and robust system for identifying and monitoring players’ skill levels at all times. Players are split into levels to ensure they receive the appropriate development.
Level 1 & 2 Teaching and Developing the Basics
Turns, Cross Legs, Sprint, Power Leg
Ball Control, Pass and Shots
How to play the game
This level is for teaching basic skating and roller hockey as well as developing what they have learnt previously. We will be teaching the basics of skating and how to play roller hockey.
Once a player is confident on skates and has an understanding of the game he/she will move to level 3.
Level 3 Introducing Tactics
Introduce Team Play
Position on the rink
Defence and attack
Show Man to Man
Set up moves
Fitness & Health
In this level, we will be introducing the tactics and set up moves used in the England system and explaining how and when they are used. We will also start talking to the players about Fitness and Health and the importance of having a sports mentality. Once players have an understanding of the above they will move to level 4.
Level 4 Developing Tactics
Restrict Man to Man
Set Up Moves
Warm up off rink
In this level we will be concentrating more on the tactical side, set up moves, reaction capacity and making the players more robust in play. In this level, we also develop the competencies learnt in level 3. We are preparing players mentally to build their confidence, as well as their thought process on the rink. This will include reading the game on and off the ball, understanding their position on the rink and working hard on fitness. Some players in this level are eligible to attend an open session for under 17’s on Sunday, however attending this session as well will give them the opportunity to develop in areas that they need to improve more.
Level 5 Focus On Tactics
Tactics (defence and attack)
Set up Moves
The players in this level will be focusing on the above competencies. They know the tactics, can play any format, understand where to play on and off the ball and know the setup moves. Most of the teaching in this level is to keep improving their confidence and sports mentality individually and as a team. Some players in this level are eligible to attend an open session for under 17’s on Sunday, however attending this session as well, will give them the opportunity to develop in areas that they need to improve more.