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02-20-2014, 08:38 PM
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Positioning for a rec league beginner

I'm about to join my first rec league, I feel pretty confident in my skills as far as shooting, pasding, and skating the one thing I am worried about is positioning. What advice could you guys give me to not be a liability on the ice?

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Forward or D ?

If you're a D and worried about positioning, then just don't pinch unless you're 200% sure.

In your own end just make sure to be between the attacker you're covering and your net.


For forward try not to skate by the net. It's quite sad how many NHLers do it. If you're a winger, same thing as a d, except keep between the dman you're covering and the net. Don't stay too close, or else they can just blow by you.

Centre is harder as you have to switch off guys and communicate often with your d.

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For defensive or offense, a LOT to be learned from this.


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It's rec league, nobody cares.

But seriously, if you're a forward, try to get open, go to the net. Stay on the dman in the defensive zone (im assuming youre a winger) and be ready to fight for pucks along the boards.

K.I.S.S.

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Know where to line up on the faceoff in your own zone (if you watch hockey, you should know that one easy!), and then just watch a quick youtube tutorial on positioning/role for your position.

If you're wing, then great. Just don't get lost out there, stay closer to your side and cover the points in your own zone.

If you're centre, just make sure you're skating hard and giving the defensemen a hand when you can. You can drift a bit deeper on the defensive and help in front of the net, and support in the corners.

Defense I don't ever play, but besides the obvious stuff, have a good look at what your team is doing in the neutral zone so you know what to do when you're trying to break out. Like if they are having trouble getting open, maybe you should be skating it out, or if they seem to be good at taking passes and moving, then just look for the pass...

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Figured I'd share my collection of positioning related things and tips:

http://imgur.com/a/m5F6O
http://imgur.com/a/Eno3o
http://imgur.com/a/P07MK

I didn't make them, credit to Rockchurch on ****** Hockey.

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Figured I'd share my collection of positioning related things and tips:

http://imgur.com/a/m5F6O
http://imgur.com/a/Eno3o
http://imgur.com/a/P07MK

I didn't make them, credit to Rockchurch on ****** Hockey.
I like these, and if it's his first time in an organized game I think the first one is the best. The rest may be too much information to process for a first time!

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As a first-timer, just stay in your lane. Newbies tend to be puck-magnets, and spend a lot of time running around just to have the play blow past them. Stay in your lane, preferably in a conservative position where you can see the entire play in front of you, and you'll be fine. Assuming you'll play wing in your first game, don't go below either set of faceoff dots unless you have a good reason to do so. Obviously you will want to chase pucks into the corners, but you don't want to be the guy standing around the goal line when the puck is turned over.

Honestly though, in your first few rec league games the objective is just to have fun. Keep it simple and you'll be doing just fine.

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Puck

Beginners tend to always chase the puck and are always behind the play.

The rink has six lanes from the LW to the RW boards.

As you gain playing experience you will start recognizing where the puck is going. You should re-act and position yourself accordingly. The following will come with time. How to work your lane to get inside or outside position. How to get stick side advantages offensively and defensively. When to take a straight line, when to use an arc. When to drift or crossover into adjoining lanes, etc.

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Figured I'd share my collection of positioning related things and tips:

http://imgur.com/a/m5F6O
http://imgur.com/a/Eno3o
http://imgur.com/a/P07MK

I didn't make them, credit to Rockchurch on ****** Hockey.
These are great, I'm going to show them to my wingers .

But yeah, stay in your lane and go to the net - that's the best thing for beginners.

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The YT clip above is one of the best on the subject for beginners. You can rarely go wrong following that video.

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Figured I'd share my collection of positioning related things and tips:

http://imgur.com/a/m5F6O
http://imgur.com/a/Eno3o
http://imgur.com/a/P07MK

I didn't make them, credit to Rockchurch on ****** Hockey.
Thank you. I've learned a lot on this site but those diagrams are supreme and quite simple. I love how he explains it to wingers. Ours still don't cover the point...

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Pickup or organized rec league?

I play in pickup league and positioning is a problem for sure.
I go out as D and eventually end up filling in for C and RW... and floating D...
there's not enough communication out there and some guys just aren't listening and it ends up looking like a Mite I game with giants.

I try to tell my temporary teammates for the day that I prefer D and if I play forward I like to play Center low (3rd D, mid to high slot on defense and deep slot on offense as a screen/nuisance)

That said, identify areas of coverage whenever you're out there and if there's a hole, shout out that it needs to be filled or fill it and tell your team mates you're covering.

Again, communication is key. Especially in levels where not everyone is the same skill level.
Work on your defensive awareness first (areas that could lead to a breakaway or a scoring chance against you) and then your offensive awareness (which is the inverse of defensive awareness ).

If you're not a great goal scorer, help provide adequate defense. Work on your +/- and keep the score against you low.

If you're not sure what to do, look for holes to fill and fill them.

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