What to expect at first pick up game?
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03-27-2010, 07:57 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
All good advice so far. As mentioned already, skate hard when you're on the ice, but also importantly, get off the ice when you get tired! Something guaranteed to piss people off is if you stay out there too long, just kind of floating between the blue lines because you're too tired to backcheck/rush up the ice. If you take shorter shifts than most because you're new to the game and get tired easily no one is going to mind, but people will mind if you're an ice hog.
Don't know if you know how changes work, in pickup you just rotate positions, so when it's your turn to get on just take the position of the person coming off. It helps if you call your position out when you're coming to the bench (though quite frequently that doesn't happen). Depending on the group sometimes you'll rotate through all five positions, occasionally they'll set up separate rotations for defenseman and forwards.
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