Today's video is based on creating space, one of the main ways to do this is through lead runs. These can be used to create space either for yourself or a team mate.
One of the difficulties with this is often the best runs end up with a team mate receiving the ball in space. It is not always easy to see that it was your run that created that space which can lead to players being disappointed at not receiving the ball.
Performed well as an attacking group this will create lots of space and test how well the defense can communicate.
With hockey relying on a touch in the attacking D for a goal it is vital to create space to allow time for a shot or to be an option to receive a pass.
The 3D skills shown in the previous blog will help you to create that space, but there may be situations where there is not space for that. The ability to hit the ball on the turn can really help as well as make it incredibly hard for the defender.
It is important to note that the squeeze shot in the demo works best on Waterbased pitches and would not be recommended on Claremont.
Although not specific to the D the video below shows an example of the different skills International players use to create space and beat a player.
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