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GAME PLAY FACEOFFS


WHAT IS IT? Play shall be started at the beginning of the game, each quarter/


half and after each goal by placing the ball at the X at the center of the field and having one player from each team squat down with the ball between their sticks. When the whistle is blown, they compete to gain possession of the ball.


FUNDAMENTALS


SET Faceoff midfielders meet at center X or 4” box. Crouch with sticks on ground parallel to center line. The players go down together and place the back of their sticks by


the ball. WHISTLE On the whistle players


try to gain possession of the ball. DEVELOPMENTAL


Excellent reaction time is crucial for faceoffs.


The “clamp” is when a player momentarily covers the ball with his stick off the faceoff whistle. This is a basic yet very effective faceoff move.


Wingmen should learn ways to work as a team and communicate to gain possession of the ball.


At any point there is six-goal lead, the team behind will be given the ball at the center line in lieu of a face-off unless waived by the coach of the trailing team. (At U9 and U11 levels only)


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WINGS Wing midfielders line up on wing lines and are released to participate in play as soon as the


whistle blows.


POSSESSION Attack and defensive players must remain behind defensive area line until possession is called.


PLAY SAFE


Wing players cannot make body contact with the two players at the faceoff because the two players facing off are often hunched over focusing on the ball which puts them in a vulnerable position.


A wing player may take a position anywhere behind the wing line.


The player taking the faceoff will often communicate with his wingmen to let them know where he hopes to draw the ball.


WHEN at the beginning of a game, to start each period, or after a goal


WHERE the X in the middle of field


WHO one faceoff player from each team and two teammates on either wing


WHY to give each team an equal chance to gain possession


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