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11-02-2005, 10:45 PM
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Defense in ball hockey is quite simple. . . most ball hockey teams do not run set plays, or run picks, and are usually not organized offensively. All the defensemen have to do is take away the passing lanes and make sure the goaltender sees the ball at all times.

However, to translate success on the court to the ice, make sure you keep the man you're covering in front of you and realize potential passing lanes and block them effectively before the person could make a play. I really wouldn't worry about blocking shots (if you're not wearing a cup ).

The key to being an effective defenseman in a ball hockey league is simple: move your feet and be faster on them than the opposing teams forwards. If you're faster on your feet than the opposing teams players, 9 times out of 10 you'll come up with the ball and break-out with a pass to one of your forwards (I'd make a habit of mentioning to the fastest forward on your team to stay high in your zone (up with the opposing defenseman) so you'll know that a potential break-out play has a chance of working).