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.

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!

Fake Passes

When you have the ball, be constantly faking passes - keep your defense man's stick moving. Go ahead, throw that sky-whammy.

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.

Possessing the Ball

When in possession of ball, make the defense man play your stick - watch his stick - the position of it will determine the direction of your feed and the type of dodge you might try.

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.

Zigs and Zags

Zig your cuts, fake left - go right, fake right - go left. Don't always run at the same speed, change of pace is a very effective method of getting open.

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.

Back Up shots

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

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.

After the Pass

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

Take Quality Shots

Shoot plenty, but only if you feel you have a good shot. Shoot to get hot, shoot to stay hot.

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.

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.

Ride Hard

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

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.

Keep Proper Spacing

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

Outside Shooting

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

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.

Circle Away From Pressure

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