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07-19-2007, 02:08 AM
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Staalwart
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If you are playing real roller hockey , i.e four on four, no offsides etc, then proper strategy on defense is man on man in your own zone.

Pick a man and stay with him, ideally the two d-men cover the forwards and the forwards cover the d-men. If for some reason there is more than one guy open, always cover the guy that is in a more threatening position, usually this is the guy closer to the net.

Also, when you are covering your man, try not to let him get more than a stick length a way and do your best to position yourself between the man and the net.

Some other tips, when you are playing someone one on one and he has the puck, don't watch the puck watch the player's chest, hes a lot less likely to beat you that way, back up with him and then poke it or play the body as he tries to go around you. Always try to push him to the outside. Also, if you are holding your stick in one hand like for a poke check, hold your arm close to your body, don't let the forward see what your reach is like, if a forward can judge your reach it will be much easier for him to go around you. Most importantly talk to your team mates and your goalie as much as possible, make sure you are all on the same page.

Hope some of this helps and good luck!

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