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04-26-2011, 01:53 AM
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stupendousman
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Tips for Defensive Positioning

Hey guys,

I recently joined a beginner inline hockey league. I was put on defence because I'm one of the few people on the team that can skate backwards adequately.

The problem I'm having, however, is my defensive positioning. I know that if the puck is in one of the corners, one of the defenceman should stay near the crease to cut off the potential pass (correct?). My problem is that once the forwards are moving around and cycling, I tend to lose track of my positioning and just start to follow the puck.

Say an attacking player has the puck on the half-boards, and he beats my partner - should I engage him? Or should I leave that to my own forwards and stay by the crease to cut off the pass?

Or if the attacking player is cycling around the boards and he goes around the net. I've read somehwere online that the defencemen should switch? So if I'm in front of the net, I should engage the attacker once he rounds the net, and my partner switches to the position I just left.

I don't want to stretch out this post, but there was a couple plays where my d partner and I were kind of lined up staggered, but one behind another. An attacker beat him so I went to defend the attacker and once he beat me and then went on to score, and the other he passed to another forward and then they nearly scored.

It's just things like that that cost our team a couple goals tonight. I know that I made some big errors, but I can't really figure out where to start to improve. I start to over-analyze how I played, then my confidence gets shot, and I start to play a bit worse and well....you get the idea.

Thanks for any help whatsoever!

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