Floor hockey strategy and different dekes
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09-12-2005, 11:12 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Steel City(Pittsburgh)
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I find ball hockey somewhat frustrating, because while it takes a lot of skill to be a good skater, pretty much everybody can run. Thus, when playing ball hockey I lose the main advantage I normally have over other players. My experience with ball hockey (unless it is in a much smaller arena, which I prefer) is that it is not the guys with the most skill who dominate the way they would in ice hockey, but rather the guys who have the most endurance and can run their ***** off for an extended period of time. So hopefully you have some strong lungs.
I find this to be true but only to an extent. Passing and overall vision of the court seems to play into the hands of ice hockey players. Thing is, I developed much better hands through playing ball hockey. While my shot stinks for the most part (it wasn't very good in ice either), I think it has made me become a more well rounded player. I learned to be much more patient, and the importance of cycling through ball hockey.
In my opinion ball hockey should be emphasized more as a game to play during the summer, rather then kids killing themselves playing on summer travel teams and such. Let's face it, you never really will get worse at skating unless you develope some incredibly bad habits. Even if you are not on the ice for an extended period of time, by staying conditioned and working out, it eventually will come back to you. Hands however are something you must consistantly practice, otherwise you will see a lack of development, or even a loss. In addition to being a great stamina builder, ball hockey can help you alot in this respect, as it is truly the key to being a good player. Anyone can be fast, but its hard to deke guys when you are running hard anyway.
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