Riding

Riding is pressuring the other team’s defense when they are trying to clear the ball in-bounds or out-of-bounds. At this level, there is really no need to set up a complicated riding package. For both in-bounds and out-of-bounds riding, the most important aspect is to make sure that the midfielders pick up a midfielder on the other team and stay with him. This keeps the other team from getting any fast breaks.

The attackmen have to run their hardest to pressure the defensemen with the ball. When in-bounds riding, hard pressure from the attackmen can cause many turnovers and lead to extra possessions for your team. One attackman should pressure the goalie when he gets possession of the ball and the other two attackmen should pick up two defensemen to cover.

MAKE IT HARD ON ‘EM!

There are two different ways for the attackmen to ride in an out-of-bounds situation: high pressure or low pressure. With high pressure, all three attackmen cover the defensemen and press the ball on the end line. This ride makes it hard on the defense because they are being pressured from the very start. With low pressure, all the attackmen hang back at the restraining line and wait to pressure when the defense moves up the field. This ride makes it difficult for the clearing team because they have less space to work with when the attack finally starts putting pressure on them.

Some great tips to get you going:

Move to Meet the Pass

Always move to meet every pass, and circle away from your defenseman.

Away From the Defense

In moving the ball around the circle, make all passes sharp, short, and to the outside, away from the defense man.

Time Your Cuts

Time your cuts, don't cut if the man with the ball is not watching or not in position to pass.

Don’t Rush at Him

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.

Give and Go

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.

After the Pass

If you receive a pass after cutting and haven't got a good shot, hold onto the ball.

Crease Play

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.

Keep Proper Spacing

Never stand so close together that one defense can cover two offense.

Never Stand Still

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 move. If you are standing still, you're wrong.

After the Clear

After the ball has been cleared, if you have a wide open opportunity to dodge, do it. 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 midfielders will need time to catch their breath. Middies rest on offense, not defense, Control The Ball!

Balance the Field

Always keep your field balanced in order that you stay in better position to back up, and give your teammates space to work in.

Make Passes Hard

Make feed passes hard.

Make Him Play You

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.

Outside Shooting

On all long shots, a man must be on the crease.

Move the Ball

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.

Make Good Passes

Take pains to make every pass a good pass.

Get it Off the Ground

After picking up a loose ball, turn and face the crease immediately. If nobody is open, move in fast until you are picked up.

Ride Hard

When you lose the ball, ride it. The close attack must ride and ride hard until the ball is past midfield.

Don’t Force it

Never try to force in, with the ball or by a pass, if the defense is drawn in. Pull them out first.

Circle Away From Pressure

Always move to meet every pass, and circle away from your defenseman.