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Originally Posted by NJDwoot View Post

it generally is when I'm turning and they are turning we end up turning into each other... or one turns into the skating path of the other. Anyone else have this problem ?
Ok, I have read the majority of the responses here on this thread. But, I not sure this was said...sorry if I missed it. Yes, learning this comes with experience. However, this is something that needs to be taught and this comes directly from your coach. This has everything to do with learning systems.

Ok, here's what I tell my players. This might help you or it might not because everyone on your team needs to know this in order for it to ready?

"The player without the puck....goes behind!"

What! This means that if you have the puck and you are crossing skating lanes, from one lane to the other, the player without the puck GOES BEHIND YOU as you cross over to the other lane....always! Not maybe or once in a while....ALWAYS!

Ok, what about regrouping? Re-what! If the puck is up against the boards and you are the winger in a foot race between you and the other winger on the other team, once you get there first....what do you do with the puck?

Now think about this....what do you do with the puck? Remember, be honest, you are under pressure....what do you do with the puck once it's on your stick?

Most players freak out and throw the puck in the direction they are trying to advance thinking for some reason that it is a football game and they are going to get sometype of face off due to yardage gained. But here a question...."How many player on the other team are hanging out with your defenseman? Yes that right....none!

So, if you get to the puck, you always send it back to your defenseman and then regroup. Now, during the regroup is when players have a tendency to run into each other. So how do you resolve this? Easy! Again this is where your coach comes!

Now, look at this picture below...

Ok, you will see that these are the skating lanes above. Some coaches like to call them passing lanes. But, passing planes can really be anywhere, and some coaches get the terminology mixed up....but that ok, just understand that they mean this picture above.

So, you see that there are three skating lanes that start and end right above the face off circle at both ends. Now depending on your coach, he might use a an "On Wing Regroup" or an "Off Wing Regroup". If he doesn't....fine, I do! This way I don't get my players killed. Here's how they work.

Off Wing Regroup...

Ok, you will see that the left winger got there first and sent it back to his defenseman. Well, you will see that when the defenseman gets it, it goes..."D to D". This is the key indicator! In a "Off Wing Regroup", the off winger, which is the right winger at the point of contact with the puck, moves deep and goes from "off wing" to on wing during the puck support. The other two wingers move over one skating lane each, in the direction of the "D to D" pass. Plus, you will see that the receiving player immediately cross over to the next skating lane. This help eliminate or reduces the "Dead man" pass (aka: blind pass)

On Wing Regroup

Ok, you will see that the puck supporting winger (Left) is the player that goes deep in the direction of the "D to D" pass. The other two wings go in the opposite direction of the pass. Pretty easy isn't it!

Now, I have each line do a different regroup. This way we mix it up a little bit so that the other team doesn't catch on. But, there are some pretty smart coaches out there.

Ok, now, this should help. Remember....player without the puck goes behind when crossing lanes...this will keep you safe!

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