Advice needed for a short/light weight player
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02-07-2012, 04:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
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My issue is with both ball and ice hockey. When I play in smaller areas for ball hockey I have one heck of a time trying to stay open without getting slapped around. On ice hockey I have little issue in full rinks, just half rinks or pond hockey.
It sounds like your issue might not be just physical play, if you have the same problems in pond hockey, which is normally not physical at all. I'm also assuming that all of this hockey (ice and floor) is non-contact? Of course there will still be pushing and shoving, but full on body checks are not allowed?
Is it possible that you just have trouble with playing in traffic and under tight defense in general? Most people have a lot more difficulty in traffic, whether they're big or small, and to me it sounds like it's more than just a purely strength related issue, since you don't have these problems in wide open games, but you do have trouble in any tightly packed/cramped situations, even in pond hockey which tends to have almost no physicality. The trick is to not let the presence of defenders close by intimidate you, don't let yourself float to the outside just because you often lose the puck/ball in high traffic areas, instead keep going to those high traffic areas, because that's where you'll be most dangerous. Forwards don't score much from the perimeter, to get passes from teammates you have to be in a position to score, and that means being near the net. Continue to work on your hands, not necessarily fancy moves like toe drags, but just general quick moves with the puck in close. Work on your shot to get your release as quick as possible, if your release is slow then you won't get it off in traffic. Work on protecting the ball/puck with your body, which means getting your body between the puck/ball and the defender, and keeping a strong, wide, low stance. Sounds like you were using a very long stick before, which is tough to use in traffic, going to a shorter stick should help a fair bit, because you'll be able to more easily control the puck/ball when it's in close to your body.
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