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  1. Pat dawson
    2018-07-05 @ 17:44

    Totally agree

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  2. JORGE P DABANCH SILVA
    2018-07-05 @ 18:33

    I am agree with you my friend.

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  3. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-05 @ 22:21

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  4. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-06 @ 13:07

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  5. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-06 @ 13:09

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  6. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-06 @ 13:09

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  7. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-06 @ 13:10

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  8. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-06 @ 13:11

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  9. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-06 @ 13:11

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  10. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-06 @ 13:12

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  11. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-06 @ 13:12

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  12. Arne
    2018-07-06 @ 14:36

    We totally agree Ernst, have been posting similar thoughts earlier on Facebook.

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  13. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-07 @ 11:39

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  14. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-07 @ 11:40

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  15. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-07 @ 11:42

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  16. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-07 @ 11:42

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  17. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-07 @ 11:44

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  18. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-07 @ 11:45

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  19. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-07 @ 11:46

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  20. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-07 @ 11:46

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  21. Gavin Featherstone
    2018-07-08 @ 08:45

    Ernst.congrats on a fine article.
    You may wish to check out the final chapter of my new book “Hockey in the Blood” to be released this month on the 21st on amazon.co.uk.
    Chap 14 entitled ‘ Last Tango in Paris’.
    Keep up the good work.

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  22. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-08 @ 10:25

    Thanks Gavin ! An even better way to sneak in some free pub for your new book 😉 would be a short preview of that chapter 14 as a blog post here 😉

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  23. Russell Thomson
    2018-07-09 @ 12:15

    Reading this reminded me of a point made in the cricket documentary, ‘Death of a Gentlemen’. They explain how cricket administrators no longer look to make money, particularly from the international team, for the purpose of feeding it back into the game. Cricket is now treated more like a business, existing purely for profit. As you said, not good for grassroots sport. The documentary is on Netflix. Really interesting.

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  24. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-09 @ 12:47

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  25. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-10 @ 14:21

    Today the new CEO from the FIH followed up his first interview (which was one the triggers for me writing the above opinion piece) with a second interview.

    Check both of his interviews here…
    1. From FIFA to FIH: CEO Thierry Weil relishing new challenge
    2. FIH CEO excited by potential in Pro League and Hockey Series

    Curious to hear about your thoughts on this once again 😉

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  26. Ernst Baart
    2018-07-13 @ 16:05

    Read the answer from Thierry Weil, FIH’s CEO, here : https://be-hockey.com/an-answer-from-thierry-weil/
    Enjoy 😉

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  27. Ernst
    2018-07-19 @ 10:08

    Read a lively discussion about this topic also on the field hockey forum website : http://www.fieldhockeyforum.com/threads/the-end-of-hockey.45536/
    Enjoy 😉

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  28. RobMilne
    2019-01-10 @ 05:37

    Wonderful article for the current times ahead for hockey. As you have put it up for sharing I will do. We need more hockey conversation. Felt your passion

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  29. K Arumugam
    2019-01-21 @ 13:54

    Valid points.

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  30. Alejandro Siri
    2019-01-22 @ 19:17

    Totally agree with your comments Ernst.

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  31. Erwin Hess
    2019-01-22 @ 23:16

    Hi Ernst, I found your article very interesting, I agree in most of what you wrote above, but I think, in some cases you are doing some observations from an “european” point of view, for instance, Hockey 5’s, I hate it but in America (I mean the continent not the country) is a valid format for U21 or U17 continental competitions, considering the low budgets and the long distances, I think this format is a good approach, not sure if that the spirit of Hockey5’s though.

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    • Ernst Baart
      2019-01-23 @ 11:19

      Hey Erwin,
      Thanks for your feedback. Yes, obviously I look at hockey as a European. That doesn’t mean I won’t try and take into account the perspective from other continents as well. But everybody will have his/her own perspective always. Nothing wrong with this either if we’re willing to listen to other perspectives!
      I’m not a big fan of Hockey5s. It’s no secret 😉
      A new article about specifically Hockey5s is in the making and should be published one of these days. With some more background about its origin and purpose as well. Basically my position is I understand the need for a flexible short format of the game next to our standard game of hockey. I do not agree we need 3 competitive formats of hockey around the globe. I consider that decision a very dangerous one for our sport. But keep your eyes on this website (or the podcasts at studiohockey.com) and our social media to know when this piece on 5s will be online. Looking forward to all of your feedback then…

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      • Erwin Hess
        2019-01-23 @ 14:44

        I will, New post Notifications activated!

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  32. David Prosser
    2019-01-24 @ 22:50

    A fantastic narrative Ernst.
    National Associations disregard the relevance and importance of Club Hockey at their peril.

    It’s obvious just how little they respect the Clubs as the International Calender totally disrupts the continuity of the conventional season.
    It also means that as a result all the players selected for International duty lose their ability to play and contribute to their club where they have hoaxed their skills.
    Not only that youngsters have their aspirations severely eroded as they rarely see their best players playing at the club let alone seeing them in their own club house
    David Prosser ex GB & Wales

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