In order to run a successful defense, identify key goals of the Defensive Strategy one hopes to accomplish. For example;
1. Limit the Opponent's High Percentage Shots
2. Neutralize CREASE LAY-UPS
3. SHRINK THE FIELD; that is, identify what areas one truly desires to defend well ; consider how narrow the field, or isolate a portion of the field; Use existing field markings to determine where you will visually shrink the field: The ARC's ( if girl markings are present), the pipes and the parallel lines that emerge from them or pack line below a 15 yard imaginary line above the crease.
4. To play great defense - develop fit personnel and fit those players into your scheme. Three components to good defensive midfield play- Talent, Speed and the Ability to Clear.
Coaches – think through last minute game preparations – some to consider !
Have possible scenarios printed (and able to add to, if necessary). Both sides of the ball should be considered.
Score Time Situation
Up/Down 1 6 secs Team Down gets ball on end-line – must go full field
Up/Down 1 30 secs Team Down is Man-Down
Up/Down 1 30 secs Team Down is Man down at half field
Up/Down 2 1:30 Faceoff – Team Down gains possession
Up/Down 2 1:30 Faceoff – Team Up gains possession
Up Down 1 1 min Team Down – Possession at far Restrainer
UP/Down 1 30 sec Team Up – plays Soft Zone D off a T/O
Up/Down 2 2 min Team Up must clear full field
Up/Down 2 2 min Team Down must clear full field
Up/Down 2 3 min Team Up is Man-Down (non-releasable) for the 3 min
This is not an exhaustive list - a teaser to get coaches started thinking about the waning moments of the game