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:

Hard Work

Hard work is great, but hard and efficient work is even better.

Never Pass to a Covered Player

Never make a pass to a man who is covered just to get rid of the ball.

Pick a Corner

Place all shots, usually for a far corner, and shoot hard. When within five yards of the goal, the shot should be for a top corner.

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.

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.

Back Up shots

Always have one, preferably two, men behind the goal to back up shots.

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.

Keep Proper Spacing

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

Feed Passes

All feed passes must be thrown crsiply and accurately. If it's a bad pass, do your best and make a great catch to help your buddy out.

Be an Outlet

If an attack man is being ridden hard and can't dodge or get away - the nearest man on each side goes to help him.

Loose Ball on the Ground

When there is a loose ball on the ground, go after it fast and hard, you must have the ball!

Teamwork is Key

Always remember that teamwork is the key to a good attack.

After the Pass

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

Dodging

Never try to dodge when men are in position to back up.

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 Passes Hard

Make feed passes hard.

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.

Cut Hard and Fast

Make full cuts - go through and out - don't cut at half speed or hang around the crease after your cut.

Make Good Passes

Take pains to make every pass a good pass.

Ride Hard

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