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"8 Basic Defensive Principles
The 8 basic defensive tactics are...
1. Pressure - as soon as the team losing the puck, one player immediately pressures the puck handler.
2. Speed - use speed to limit offensive options and force errors.
3. Pursuit - proper use of angles to limit offensive options...
4. Grouping - defensemen position themselves to restrict space...
5. Commit or contain - the defenseman either commits or contains the offensive player.
6. Stall and Contain - force the offense to stop or slow down the attack's speed... the defense forces the offense to the outside of the rink.
7. Support - players away from the puck more to reduce passing options while always reacting to the puck movement..
8. Transition - the team is always ready to change from defense to offense as soon as the team gets possession of the puck."

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"Defending the Lead
These are dangerous plays with five minutes or less to play. These are the plays create a scoring opportunities and quick goals for the opposing team.
Opposition End. Drop passes... Passes back to the point... Passes point to point... Shot from the point... Blind pass out from the corner or behind the net.
Neutral Zone. Long Passes... Unsafe stickhandling... Carrying the puck back toward the opposition goal... Stickhandling at the blue line.
Defensive Zone. Soft passes... Unsafe stickhandling... Shooting around the boards without looking... Diagonal passes... Passes up the middle... Giveaways."

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"EFFECTIVE DEFENSIVE MECHANICS" is an 8 panel brochure packed with these important and well-defined defensive mechanics ..

  • 8 Basic Defensive Principles
  • Good Defensive Qualities
  • Anticipating Play
    • Defensive Schemes
  • Defending the Lead
    • Opposition End
    • Neutral Zone
    • Defensive Zone
    • Other Safeguards
  • Penalty Killing
    • One Man Short
    • Fore Checker Criss-Cross
    • Fore Checker Picks up the Lanes
  • Back Checking
    • Two Men Short
    • In the Neutral Zone
  • Defensive Zone Schemes
    • One Man Short - Standard Box
    • Collapsible Box
    • Sagging Box
    • Rotating Box
    • Two Men Short - Standard Triangle
    • Sliding Triangle
  • Regrouping in the Neutral Zone

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