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Deze week geen gast maar genoeg om over te babbelen vonden Floris Geerts en Ernst Baart. Over gele herfst bladeren op het veld en gele kaarten. Maar ook over de Belgen in het buitenland en wie haalt de selectie van de Red Lions…
Bondscoach Niels Thijssen doet een boekje open over zijn Red Panthers, het afgelopen WK, de komende FIH Pro League, het EK in Antwerpen en het dameshockey in België… Maar verder bespreken Floris Geerts & Ernst Baart ook weer de wedstrijden van de Belgen in de hoofdklasse en de eredivisie van de heren komend weekend. Veel luisterplezier!
De passie en visie van voorzitter Fabrice Rogge kleuren niet alleen het hockey in Gent. We hebben niet besproken hoe de genen van de familie Rogge weer een bevlogen combinatie arts / sportbestuurder hebben voortgebracht. Maar we spraken wel uitvoerig over het Belgische clubhockey, de Top Hockey League en vooral zijn geliefde Gantoise. Daarnaast kwamen vanzelfsprekend ook weer de Belgen in het buitenland en komend weekend aan bod.
Samen met analyst Emily Calderon van de Red Lions & Waterloo Ducks bespreekt Floris Geerts de heenronde van dames en heren in de Belgische eredivisie. Maar ook de Belgen in het buitenland en natuurlijk de EHL komen weer aan bod.
Vlak voor de Red Lions afreizen naar het WK en India spraken wij met Thomas Briels… of was het nu Thoma Briel ? Over wat OZ en OR hem geleerd hebben, de kanshebbers in Bhubaneswar, de moonwalk en een twee- of drietalig volkslied… “Gesetz und König und die Freiheit hoch!”
The one with the striker, the coach/columnist and the defender. Tom Boon from Belgium, Todd Williams – an Aussie coaching and writing in the UK and Dutch defender Margot van Geffen. Every day during the European Championships we will publish a new podcast before 8am about the day ahead at #EHC2019 ! In our 7th episode we first spoke with Todd Williams about hockey in the UK and about choices & consequences… Tom Boon talked about the pathway of Belgium, his hockey family and future challenges. Margot van Geffen was very happy they finally registered a win and resumed the road to gold and Tokyo with the Dutch women.Join us also tomorrow for yet another podcast. Every day a new episode until the champions are known! We hope you enjoy…—Host : Ernst BaartRecorded : 2019-08-21Published : 2019-08-22Part of : #EHCdaily
The one with the marketeers behind our sport… Every day during the European Championships we will publish a new podcast before 8am about #EHC2019 ! In our 11th episode we talked hockey, business and “doing things together” with Bob Verbeeck, CEO Golazo – a renowned expert in making sure sports and sports events are able to reach their audience – and the organisation behind this European Championship.Our second guest in this episode is Tom van Kuyk, manager sponsoring for the Dutch Rabobank, probably the most loyal partner for our game of hockey around the world.This will be our last podcast in this series. Well… kind off. We will do one more somewhat related to this event which will probably go online in a week or so. We hope you enjoyed them all… and rest assured we will come back later with not only season 2 of the Belgian Hockey Podcast (Dutch language only) but also several new episodes of Studio Hockey (in English) about the international game.—Host : Ernst BaartRecorded : 2019-08-25Published : 2019-08-26Part of : #EHCdaily
FIH Pro League did not fail. Batra failed! Or did he…? A monologue with some quotes in between based upon the opinion piece published at after the first season of the FIH Pro League has come to an end… A critical take on the declaration of success by the FIH for their first edition of the Pro League… and my opinion on the reasons why… Don’t agree or want to add your own opinion to this, click here. Or find me twitter, facebook or instagram. Recorded at 2019-07-11 for Studio Hockey.
Sometimes you just have to kill the unicorn… before it kills you. No, do not fear… We haven’t gone off topic. We’re not doing fairytales, nor are we in the business of animal cruelty. A unicorn in this context has been defined by experts in innovation as one of these idea’s during a brainstorm session that should not be followed through upon. In this case we’re talking about the FIH Pro League ! Read all about this at our blog or listen to it here as a monologue podcast… Recorded on 2019-05-07.
A monologue about Hockey5s. In 2013 the FIH gave birth to hockey’s own Frankenstein’s monster. Contrary to the monster created by dr. Frankenstein this one has a name. We call it Hockey5s. Very much parallel to the fictional character from book and movies, I’m convinced some of you will have grown to like the monster. As I’m sure the monster will do some good along the way. Though I fear, as in the story, in the end the monster will come back to destroy its creator.And about Hockey5s being as ugly as Frankenstein’s monster… Well, let’s just say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”  Prefer to read all of this? Click through to our blog for the full text.
Let’s start by congratulating Belgium for their amazing progress resulting in a well earned silver at the Rio Games in 2016 and a first gold medal at the most recent World Cup. The secret to their success is a simple formula : a stronger domestic league + an ambitious long term plan/vision not just on paper but well executed + patience and a lot of hard work for many years = gold and a 1st place on the global ranking ! Mind you, the simple formula is not a guarantee but it will offer you a fighting chance to make the dream come true. But let’s talk about this global ranking by the FIH. Rumours are it will change one of these days, as it should with all of the disappearing and new events for 2019 and beyond. Think FIH Pro League replacing the Champions Trophy and the FIH Hockey Series replacing the Hockey World League.Immediately after the World Cup a new global ranking was made public where Belgium moved to first place. Well deserved… But take a closer look and you will see several strange things. Points being awarded for invitational events, excluding other often deserving nations. Points being awarded, lots of points for continental championships where it’s almost impossible to balance the difference in strength between all continents…For example, the Netherlands finished 2nd at this world cup for a silver medal after qualifying for this tournament in an event where they had to win among 6 of the current top 10 nations. For this they get 650 points. Compare this to 630 points awarded to New Zealand for beating Papua New Guinea in their continental championships. Papua New Guinea barely makes the top 50 on this ranking.Or let’s look at Australia winning bronze at this World Cup, earning 550 points for a medal at this level is worth the same as for example Canada beating the USA or Brazil in their continentals… There is only one word to describe this : unfair !Not exactly what you would expect or want as the description for a global ranking of an Olympic sport… I’m not even going to elaborate on the issues with countries who earned their spot in a major FIH event but get ruled out because the host nation, usually India, took their spot, even when they did not qualify for the event. Resulting in some free undeserved ranking points for one nation at the expense of another. Anyway… rumour has it the FIH will soon launch a new global ranking. I hope it will be fair ranking with respect for the true sport values. Allow me to propose a possible system, just in case the FIH is still thinking on it. I’m not sure this is a perfect system either but at least it will be more fair on all hockey playing nations.I would propose a system where all games played in a recognised official title or qualifying event will earn the teams points upon result. So no points from friendly games, nor from test series even when recognised as official games by the FIH.Points will be given for games played during the Olympic Games and the World Cup because these are the two major events in the world of hockey. As well as those games in official and recognised events meant for qualification for either the Olympic Games or the World Cup, such as the FIH Hockey Series or the FIH Pro League, the continental championships (including their qualifiers) and the Olympic or World Cup Qualifiers.The points system should be very simple and straight forward : a win earns you 10 points + 5 extra points if the team you just beat is ranked above you a loss is zero points a draw earns 2 points + 1 extra point if the other team is ranked above you For performing well in the two major events , the Games and the World Cup, bonus points on top of these game points can be earned: gold = +100 points silver = + 80 points bronze = + 60 points 4th (semi finalist) = +40 points losing quarter finalists all get +20 points participation but not making the quarter finals = +10 points I’ll leave it to the FIH or those who want to give it a go to do the math based upon these criteria to start 2019 with a freshly renewed and fair ranking based upon all games and events played after the world cup from 2014. I do think we might see some surprises if we play fair… But anyway… until the FIH launches their renewed ranking, most likely before he start of the new FIH Pro League in January of 2019,  we will have to be patient… hoping we will get a fair ranking one way or the other !
Talking hockey with some of the best goalies in the world: David Harte from Ireland & Kampong (NED) and Tobias Walter from Germany & Dragons (BEL). If you prefer you watch it as a video at as well
The year 2018 is a World Cup year for hockey! The women’s world cup is done and dusted by now and the men’s is just around the corner. We’ll make some time for a more thorough evaluation of the women’s world cup when the dust has settled and we’ve had time to discuss it with those involved. But for now we’ll make some time for a quick recap of the good, the bad and the ugly about hockey in the world today. Read the blog post here…
So it’s the middle of November. In Lausanne, Switzerland where the FIH is based first snow has arrived. But that did not stop FIH from launching a couple of press releases in recent days. Announcing some novelties following the meeting of their executive board last week. In today’s podcast & column here we will only be addressing two of these. So the first ever world cup to be held in two different countries will not be on today’s agenda. Nor the controversial choice for Bhubaneswar for the men’s world cup, meaning 3 out the most recent 4 world cups would be hosted by India. The choice to start a world cup for Hockey5s by 2023, a possibly fatal choice for our 11v11 game of hockey, will also have to wait for another time. As will the launch of the FIH Intercontinental Cup, basically the 2nd division for the FIH Pro League. We will discuss these choices in separate podcasts & columns in the near future… However today we will limit ourselves to less controversial though important changes: first we will discuss the new system for our global ranking to be launched in January of 2020. Secondly we will talk about the road to Bhubaneswar and future world cups. Wether these will all be hosted in India is for some other time. Who better to talk us through the new global ranking and the new pathway to qualify for a world cup then Jon Wyatt, sports & development director for the FIH… We spoke with him before when the idea of a new global ranking was first announced in March (listen here), but now we’re close to the launch. Why we need a new global ranking As Wyatt explains the current global ranking is based upon tournaments, where the new ranking will be match-based. Since most nations only got to participate in FIH tournaments when qualified, some only got to play for points once or twice every 4 years. Because only some 20% of all official matches played in the international scene were being played in ranking tournaments. So 80% of the games being played did not have any contribution to the world ranking. That is a problem. Because most nations would have to show to their government or the sports funding bodies in their country some kind of progress to be considered for support. If you hardly ever get to play for world ranking points that becomes a difficult task. So this was one of the more important reasons to rethink the global ranking. But it’s not the only reason. In the previous ranking most everybody will agree there was too much subjectivity, especially in the relative importance given to different continental championships. This led to a flawed ranking. A match-based system will to a certain extent eliminate this subjectivity. Because it will now focus on the relative strength of the two teams playing a game instead of trying to figure out and compare the strength of entire continents. Besides this, the new ranking will be more simple and dynamic… making it easier to create some extra buzz about individual international games of any level. Because the immediate impact of a win or loss will be easy for all to see. How & when The new ranking system will take effect from 2020-01-01 onwards. However FIH has chosen to make the change more gradually. So as not to throw everybody off balance from the get go… Even though the position of the FIH is high performance directors of the nations should not focus on this global ranking, but rather on performing well at key moments such as the Olympics and the World Cup. It is clear an immediate change of the ranking, recalculating the results of the last 4 years for example, would not be fair on those who made their choices in those days based upon the old system. That is why the points for each country in the global ranking on January 1st will be exactly the same as today. But for every game played from that day on the new calculation per match will take effect. Hence for the new system to take full effect it might take some time. It will take 4 years for the points from the old system to be washed out. I would have loved to see an immediate upset of the world order, but have to admit this slower implementation is the fair way of doing it. So let’s dive in… what will it look like? When the new ranking is launched the FIH will have a full and detailed explanation of the algorithms used plus a FAQ (frequently asked questions) based upon all remarks the FIH got from international coaches and performance directors when asked for their input. But let’s take a look at what it will become… First principle is the standard amount of points for a win is 10, which means the loser of that game will also lose 10 points. Whatever the calculations that will follow, the amount of points won by the winner will always be exactly the same amount of points lost by the loser of that match. Two factors will have an effect on the standard amount of 10 points won or lost: the difference in ranking points before the match is playedthe importance of the match The difference of ranking points between both teams in a match is used to calculate the first multiplier. Based upon this the standard amount of 10 points could max be doubled (factor 2) or minimum reduced to zero (factor 0). Meaning the amount of points won or lost could maximum be 20 and minimum 0 depending upon the difference in ranking points. Because if team A (ranked for example in the top 5) plays team B (ranked for example between 8 and 12), it would be a bigger accomplishment for team B to win the match. That’s why based upon the difference in ranking points team B for example would win 15 points instead of 10 (and team A would lose 15 points) if team B beats team A. However if team A would win it would be less of a surprise. That’s why team A in case of a win would for example only win 5 points instead of 10, meaning team B would only lose 5 as well. The above scenario would be true in case of an ordinary official (practice) match. But a second multiplier would be applied based upon the importance of a match. So the minimum multiplier would be 1 for regular official matches. But for matches with more importance the amount of points at stake could rise drastically: x2 for official invitational tournaments with 4 nations or morex3 for official qualifiers to continental championshipsx5 for the FIH Pro League as well as the new FIH Intercontinental Cup (or the 2nd division to the Pro League)x6 for the continental championships as well as the FIH Qualifiers (for both World Cup or Olympics)x10 for both the World Cup and the Olympic Games So a win at the Games or WC against much higher ranked nation could possibly result in 200 points. The main reason for adding more weight to games in invitational tournaments (4 or more countries involved) compared to regular one-on-one test series is because FIH wants to promote/encourage tournaments. And as expected the Games and World Cup would be the events where the most points can be won (or lost). What about our short format of the game? For those in love with the short format of our game, indoor hockey, the ranking will remain as is and only be changed after the next World Cup so as not to upset a qualification route to the World Cup half way. Indoor hockey however will follow in the footsteps of outdoor hockey as soon as possible is expected. By the way… isn’t it time to stop calling our short format of the game indoor hockey? Yes there are countries where it is played outdoors as well Let’s call it Hockey6 or SuperSixes or whatever cool name FIH marketing could come up with and make sure the rules are flexible enough to have this game played indoor or outdoor and on any smooth surface. Because this is the one and only short format of hockey that is supported, has a legacy and a loyal fanbase around the world… if you catch my drift New qualifying pathways to the World Cup and Olympics Back to outdoor hockey… FIH also announced a new pathway to qualify for the next World Cup in Bhubaneswar. No, obviously FIH never said anything about Bhubaneswar being the chosen venue once again. But since money was the deciding factor to determine the hosts for the World Cups we all know it will be Odisha and Bhubaneswar once again. IOC still wants two different pathways within reach of every (!) country to qualify for the Games. Hosting the Games (or World Cup since it follows the same path) is still the first way to qualify. So , the host country takes the first available spot. Remember: 12 participating countries for the Olympic Games and 16 for the World Cup. Next up, the winners of the continental championship qualify immediately as well. That would be the first route to qualification. The second route to qualification comes through FIH Qualifiers who will determine which countries will take the remaining spots for the main event. This set up will remain the same…. with some small changes for the FIH Qualifiers. That is where it gets a little bit more complicated… For Tokyo 2020 the FIH Qualifiers were played in a best of two format at home for the highest ranked nation. Where in a semi guided draw, the highest ranked nations – not yet qualified – would be matched up with the lowest ranked nations. And sub-top nations would be drawn in a similar way to lower ranked nations. Winner takes all where the winner of these two games at home for the highest ranked nation would be determined by the aggregated score of both games. So what will change for the FIH World Cup in 2023? First change is with regards to the timing of these Qualifiers. The time between deciding who was playing the Qualifiers and the actual games was too short for Tokyo. That means for the hosts of these games there was not enough time to really do some powerful marketing for these incredibly important games according to FIH. So, for the next World Cup the FIH Qualifiers will all be played in March 2022! Yep, that’s right… in March! Once again the FIH completely ignores the important domestic leagues. In our traditional European domestic leagues competition restarts in March every year, after a short winter break… because of climate, international hockey and indoor hockey. March through May/June are the key months of these domestic leagues, as well as the EHL. One can only say… incredible! And I might even add…. incompetent! The second change is of less importance, though I do not agree again. The FIH qualifiers will become home & away games, instead of two home games for the higher ranked nation. FIH thinks this will make it fairer, my thoughts are the higher ranked nation has earned the advantage of playing at home twice. It’s the challengers who need to make the extra effort to change the order. Added bonus, according to FIH, would be a lower ranked nation that will have the opportunity to host a home game for their fans against one of the top nations. This, I agree, is a real bonus. The first game would be played at home for the lower ranked nation. The second and deciding game would be played at home for the higher ranked nation.Not only is this bad for the ecological footprint of our sport, but it will add costs for both nations who now both have to invest in travel & accommodation for the away game as well as the significant costs of hosting a top event at home. Both will have the revenues of hosting a top event at home as well, but for a lot of countries these might not cover the cost I fear… A third change will make things possible even more complicated. Maybe more balanced as well, so it could be worth the headache of explaining it though. The third change is in the way countries will be selected to play these FIH Qualifiers. Because here the FIH will determine the number of countries per continent allowed to play the Qualifiers based upon the global ranking. meaning it could very well be a higher ranked nation would not be allowed to play the FIH qualifiers if his continental quota has been filled and instead their spot would go to a lower ranked nation from another continent. However the FIH feels this will add excitement to the continental championships because, entering these, each nation will know what is expected of them to either qualify directly (win) or get picked up for the FIH qualifiers… Ah well, we might have to wait for the written rules concerning this to actually determine what is what. Summary So to sum up… we got some good news with a new and improved global ranking as of next year. And we got some bad news with poorly planned and more expensive FIH Qualifiers. But what stings the most is the complete disregard of the FIH for the extremely important domestic club competition. I’m repeating myself, but it’s worth repeating until heard… These domestic club leagues are the foundation of our game. If we do not respect the domestic leagues our game of hockey will rush towards the end of hockey as we know it…
Talking Tokyo is our 6-part podcast series ahead of Tokyo 2020 by Studio Hockey. We take 1 player from each team and match him up with an opponent from the opening game at the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games will start on July 24th. That’s why from now on every month on the 24th we’ll publish a new episode for Talking Tokyo. In our first episode we have met up with Adam Dixon from Great Britain and Austin Smith from South Africa talking about their road to Tokyo. Adam Dixon, aged 33,  captains the GB squad. Originally from Beeston he also played a year at Rotterdam in the Dutch Hoofdklasse before returning to Beeston in England. He played 3 World Cups and Tokyo will be his 2nd Olympic Games. Austin Smith is a defender, aged 34, who made his debut for South Africa when he was just 18. After a couple of years at Reading in England he now plays his club hockey for Den Bosch in the Dutch Hoofdklasse. He played 3 World Cups between 2010 and 2018 and Tokyo will be his 3rd Olympic Games. Episode 1 was recorded at 2020-02-21 and published at 2020-02-24. Host: Ernst Baart Podcast: Talking Tokyo by Studio Hockey Produced by:
Shane McLeod , coach of the Red Lions – Belgium’s national men’s team, talked about untouchables, surprises, dark horses and the World Cup in India. Talking hockey… For once a podcast in the English language.
Hockey is coming home. It's the FIH slogan for their newest event about to start in 2019 and meant to be instrumental in the Hockey Revolution, the 2014-2024 strategy for the FIH. We're half way their 10 year plan and entering Money Time. Let's recap where we stand today...
Talking Tokyo is our 6-part podcast series ahead of Tokyo 2020 by Studio Hockey. We take 1 player from each team and match him up with an opponent from the opening game at the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games will start on July 24th… we hope. That’s why from now on every month on the 24th we’ll publish a new episode for Talking Tokyo. In our second episode we have met up with Miki Delas from Spain and Lucas Vila from Argetina about their road to Tokyo. Miki Delas, aged 35, is a Spanish defender from the mythical club FC Barcelona, mès que un club…. As Miki will explain in 2007 he made the difficult decision to leave his own club for Atletic Terrassa where he won 4 titles in 5 years before moving to Belgium where he played for another 5 years for Antwerp before returning to his beloved Barca. Lucas Vila is an Argentina striker and a very creative player. Aged 33 he is now one of the experienced players in the team defending their gold medal in the next Olympics. Lucas played in his Argentina, in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Germany. Both will play their 3rd Olympic Games in Tokyo…. we hope… Episode 2 was recorded at 2020-03-23 and published at 2020-03-24.Host: Ernst BaartPodcast: Talking Tokyo by Studio HockeyProduced by:
The CEO from FIH, Thierry Weil, told the world about his ambition for a dry artificial turf for elite hockey at the Olympics in Paris 2024. We can all see the thinking and logic behind eliminating the waterbased pitches. But is it realistic? Studio Hockey asked industry expert Arnoud Fiolet from Recreational Systems International about the possibility to replace waterbased turf with a dry artificial turf by Paris 2024. And we talked about other infrastructure options to help grow our game of hockey. Prefer to read about it? Check our blogpost at! Recorded in April 2019 & published in June 2019 for Studio Hockey.
The one with Michelle, Lidewij and Nike. Every day during the European Championships we will publish a new podcast before 8am about the day ahead at #EHC2019 ! In our 9th episode we spoke to Michelle Struijk from Belgium, Lidewij Welten from the Netherlands and Nike Lorenz from Germany.Join us also tomorrow for yet another podcast. Every day a new episode until the champions are known! We hope you enjoy… — Host : Ernst Baart Recorded : 2019-08-23 Published : 2019-08-24 Part of : #EHCdaily
Mike Joyce, director at The Hockey Foundation and the FIH talks to us about Hockey2024, the newest global strategy for hockey development due to launch in 2019. The strategy has been presented at the recent FIH congress and will be officially launched in January of 2019. Check out the podcast to learn more about it from one of the co-writers of this strategy to help grow the game of hockey in the years to come…
The EHL is back…almost… We talked to the voice of European hockey Nick Irvine for our podcast ︎ about the EHL returning to the city of Barcelona and Thursday 2018-09-06 at 11am CET (that’s 10am in London, 5pm in Perth or 6am for the early risers in Buenos Aires) we were also LIVE on our facebook page with 2 legendary strikers about the EHL next month in Barcelona. Hola Barcelona! Hola EHL! Our guests in the video below are former teammates and winners of the famous Alain Danet trophy in the 2015 EHL edition: Bob de Voogd from HC Oranje-Rood in Eindhoven (NED) and Gaby Dabanch from Junior FC in Barcelona (ESP). Or watch the facebook live replay of the same video… ︎ Visit the EHL website for more…
We discuss the future of hockey with Jason McCracken, CEO for the FIH and Marc Coudron, president of the Belgian hockey federation and board member at the FIH. We talk about the new event the FIH will launch for 2019, the impact of this on domestic hockey, the HIL, the EHL. We asked the question if our future is 5v5 or 11v11 and the reasons for this “Hockey Revolution” launched by the FIH.
Monologue by Ernst Baart on the so called “end of hockey”… or at least the end of hockey as we know it. Read all about it at, as well as the answer from Thierry Weil, CEO at the FIH.
Robert van der Horst from HC Oranje-Rood talks about the EHL and the upcoming Final 4 for them. Mats Grambüsch from HC Rot Weiss Köln was supposed to join in but had some technical difficulties. Presentation by Floris Geerts and Ernst Baart. Also available on video :
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