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Defense Play 

Defensemen need to have very good footwork, be able to catch and throw accurately up to 30 yards on the run, understand the concept of teamwork and ′backing up′, make quick decision on who and when to play an attackman, be confident in the individual, 1-on-1 skills and need to communicate to their entire defense.

Defensive Play Tips:

  1. Know who is covering the ′hole′ at all times.
  2. Play defense with your hands out in front of you, not to your side.
  3. Play your man – man on man and stick on stick.
  4. Play defense between your man and the goal.
  5. Don't rush an attackman after he has caught the ball. If he is receiving a rather long pass and you are sure you can reach him before the ball, go after him, checking his stick and hitting him with your body.
  6. As a pass is made to the man you are playing, move out to cover him as the ball is moving to him, so that you are in position as he catches it. Don't wait until he has caught the ball, and then move out on him.
  7. Never take a step into a man while playing him on defense.
  8. Once the attackman has the ball, keep him guarding his stick and worry him by poke checking, slap checking, etc., don't give him much chance to look over his field, make him worry about you.  Don't force or rush him - there is a big difference between the two.  Make the attack make the first move.
  9. When not poking at the man with ball, keep your stick a little above the height of your attack man's shoulder. Don't ever carry it at your side, KEEP IT UP!
  10. When your man hasn't got the ball, always play slightly to the ball side of him, so that you gain a step as he cuts toward the ball. If he cuts away from the ball, the pass must go over your head which leaves you in good position to intercept or check.
  11. When your man hasn't got the ball, stand sideways to the man and ball. Keep your head on a ′swivel′.  You must use split vision watching both man and ball.
  12. There must be plenty of talk on defense. The following are the most important examples of when to talk: a) The defensive player on each side of the ball must let the player on the ball know if he is-backed up. b) If a man leaves to back up he must let the defense know he is leaving, so that they may shift. c) The man playing the ball must holler, "I've got-the ball". d) If a man cuts, the defense man playing him should yell "cutter" so that he alerts the rest of the defense for a possible switch. e) If a switch is necessary, both men call "SWITCH".
  13. If a man leaves to back up on a dodge, the whole defense slides a man, leaving the man farthest from the ball open.
  14. Only in extreme cases, should the defenseman on the crease leave to back up. Example: To stop a play that would end up in a score.
  15. Never cross your feet while playing an attackman unless you are forced to run to keep up with him.
  16. Never throw a ball just to get rid of it.  Try never to ′cheap′ the ball up field unless directed by the coach.
  17. Always scoop a loose ball. Never rake at it. If there is a crowd, go through and either kick it or scoop it up.
  18. When you check, make you check short and hard, making your check across the man's forearm and following through with your body. Never raise your stick high to check.
  19. If a man dodges you, keep after him. You should catch him as your backer comes in from the front.
  20. Never pass a ball across or in front of your goal.
  21. If you are after a loose ball, but your attack man is ahead of you, press him hard if you cannot come up with the ball, but don't give him the opportunity to go around you.
  22. After the man you are playing throws a ball, step back two steps quickly and be ready for a cut. Also always look in the direction of the ball as you drop off. Don't turn your back on the ball.
  23. As the man you are playing starts a pass, check across his arms, but don't step in.
  24. A. If the ball is out front, and your man is behind the goal, play on the pipe of the cage on the side of the goal your man is on. B. If the ball is behind the goal and your man is behind also although without the ball, go behind with him.
  25. If you ever switch, STAY WITH THAT MAN until your team gets the ball or you have to switch again.
  26. When clearing the ball, as you catch it, circle away from your stick side if you are moving in to receive the pass.
  27. Never let an attack man clamp your stick. If you are on the crease on a screen shot, stop it or catch it, if you can't do either then move so that your goalie can see it.
  28. Once the other team has cleared the ball, all defensemen must drop in fast, RUN HARD --THIS IS ONE TIME YOU CANNOT LOAF.
  29. On clears, make all passes sharp, away from the (attackman) and, as a general rule, to the nearest open man.
  30. On a clear, when making a pass to a man who is coming in to meet the ball throw it to his box area, so that he catches the ball in front of him, making it hard for a (attackman) to check him.
  31. If the ball is rolling toward the midfield line, NEVER ALLOW your attackman to beat you to the ball. Be alert; use your stick to goose the ball to teammate. Don't let the attackman clamp your stick or lift it up so ball goes under and through. Remember, if the ball is 5 yards away or less you can use your body for position. Don't hit from the rear and don't go offside.