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GAME SKILLS OFFENSE


WHAT IS IT? When the team has the ball in the attacking end, the


offensive players must work together to create good scoring opportunities.


WHEN the attacking team has possession of the ball


WHERE across the center line on the


attacking side of the field WHO the attacking team


WHY control the ball and ultimately score


FUNDAMENTALS


BALANCE The three attackmen and three middies on offense should spread out and move to create good spacing balance.


DODGING Player with the ball runs by his defender attempting to draw a slide or create a good shooting opportunity.


DEVELOPMENTAL


Players should be taught the fundamentals of working together on offense; passing and catching, moving with and without the ball.


Playing small-sided games in practice (3v3 or 4v4) can help develop team concepts and skills.


Have defense practice without sticks during team offensive drills to help an offense’s confidence and improve defensive footwork.


MOVEMENT Players move and cut without the ball to create open lanes for dodging, passing and feeding opportunities.


PATIENCE Players must move the ball and be patient when looking for scoring opportunities. “Forcing” poor shots and passes can lead to turnovers.


PLAY SAFE BASIC SCORING OPPORTUNITIES


GIVE AND GO: A player passes to a teammate and then cuts towards the goal looking for a return pass.


PICK AND ROLL: A player sets a pick to free the ball carrier from his defender. He then turns and cuts (“rolls”) to the goal for a pass.


DODGE AND DUMP: The ball carrier dodges past his defender and then dumps a pass to an open teammate.


FEEDING CUTTERS: Off-ball players work to create opportunities to cut towards the goal. Ball carrier then feeds them the ball for an open shot.


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