Make your defenseman play you and
you alone every second you are in the game. Keep moving
all the time so that he must center his attention on you
an not be in position to help out his fellow defensemen.
In moving the ball around the
circle, make all passes sharp, short, and to the
outside, away from the defenseman.
Make feed passes hard.
When you have the ball, never
stand still - keep moving all the time - if necessary
run backwards and forwards - but keep moving. When you
are ready to make a pass, take one step back quickly and
All feed passes must be thrown
directly overhand or directly underhand - not sidearm.
Always move to meet every pass,
and circle away from your defense man.
When you have the ball, be
constantly faking passes - keep your defense man's stick
When in possession of ball, make
the defense man play your stick - watch his stick - the
position of it will determine the direction of your feed
and the type of dodge you might try.
Take pains to make every pass
Never make a pass to a man who is
covered just to get rid of the ball.
If an attack man is being ridden
hard and can't dodge or get away - the nearest man on
each side goes to help him.
On all long shots, a man must be on the crease.
On every screen shot the crease man should check-up on
the defense man's stick, and immediately face the
goalie, so that he is ready to bat in a rebound.
After receiving a pass, as the ball moves around the
outside, look first at the man who threw you the ball to
see what he is doing, then at the crease.If you receive
a pass after cutting and haven't got a good shot, hold
onto the ball.
Place all shots, usually for a far corner, and shoot
hard. When within five yards of the goal, the shot
should be for a top corner.
After picking up a loose ball, turn and face the crease
immediately. If nobody is open, move in fast until you
are picked up.
Don't dodge if there is an open man. Don't hold the ball
long unless you are planning a dodge. Keep it moving
with quick, short passes.
Always be in position to back up shots and feeds. When a
cut is made, or a shot is taken, the whole attack must
play a part, moving to be in a position to backup a pass
or a shot. Control the ball!
Never try to dodge when men are in position to back up.
Never try to force in, with the ball or by a pass, if
the defense is drawn in. Pull them out first.
Never stand so close together that one man can cover two
When there is a loose ball on the ground, go after it
fast and hard, you must have the ball!
Always keep your field balanced in order that you stay
in better position to back up, and give your teammates
space to work in.
Shoot plenty, but only if you feel you have a good
shot.Always have one, preferably two, men behind the
goal to back up shots.
Time your cuts, don't cut if the man with the ball is
not watching or not in position to pass.
Make full cuts - go through and out - don't cut at half
speed or hang around the crease after your cut.
Zig your cuts, fake left - go right, fake right - go
left. Don't always run at the same speed, change of pace
is a very effective method of getting open.
After the ball has been cleared, if you have a wide open
opportunity to dodge, do it, or if you are sure a man is
open, pass to him, otherwise settle the ball down and
let your attack get set up. Remember, after a clear the
wimpy midfielders will need time to catch their breath.
Middies rest on offense, not defense, Control The Ball!
Every man on the attack should try at least two dodges
every game. Learn at least three different types of
When you lose the ball, ride it. The close attack must
ride and ride hard until the ball is past midfield.
Don't rush at a man when riding - particularly behind
the goal. Force him to pass - force him in the direction
where there is help. Talk all the time and run hard. The
success of an attack depends on their riding ability and
their desire to have the ball.
Always remember that teamwork is the key to a good