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Coaching Talent – Principles of the game The central premise of hockey is an invasion, team and skill-based sport. You either have the ball or don’t have the ball. The objective of hockey is simple, to score goals and stop the opposition from scoring. Principles of the Game have been identified to provide a common language in how coaches and players talk about and understand hockey, and as a natural by-product, produce scholars of the game. 32 The Principles of the Game are hockey’s truest objectives. For example, if ever the game changed to 9v9; as an invasion game, these principles would remain the same. They have been developed to simplify the complex by embedding an understanding of skill development and the game itself.