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SITUATIONS MAN-DOWN DEFENSE


When a team has a player serving a penalty they will typically end up playing man-down defense in their defensive half.


Just as in other defensive situations, communication is critical to success when playing a man down.


When playing man-down defense, defensive players are no longer guarding a single player. They must now, as a unit, guard six men with fi ve or fewer defenders.


BEST PRACTICES


A team defense should have a well- practiced slide package in place to be an effective defense and have calls to communicate with one another.


Team defense should have common goals, like everyone staying between their man and the goal and trying to direct the man with the ball in a certain direction so that the entire defense can react properly.


PERSPECTIVES


Sliding is not done to knock down the player with possession. It is poor form to yell “take him out” or “hit him” from the spectator areas.


DEFENSE


When a defender gets beaten by a dodging offensive player, another man will leave his man and “slide” to help stop that offensive player. The beaten defenseman will slide to an open attacker until the defense has recovered its shape so that all offensive players are again being guarded.


Watch for players who “ball watch” and lose sight of their man.


Teach players the importance of good positioning and communication.


Calling a tighter game at the younger ages helps players to develop and improves safe play and improve defensive skills.


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GAME SKILLS DEFENSE


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