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I'm playing my first (organised) game of ball hockey on Monday, for UBC Rec!

Any advice?

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Play with respect and don't pull anything dirty.

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10 year vet of ball hockey here!

Depends on what position you play but in general I'd say:

Keep it clean - stick down, watch the cross checks, trips etc.

Don't stick to the "ice hockey method" of playing all the time - ball hockey is different and requires some improvisation lol. Feel free to try new things.

If you guys don't play with icings and offside rules, try not to be a cherry picker who hopes for the hail mary passes to connect. The team should still have ways of gaining the zone and not just whapping it on net from anywhere on the floor. That being said, D's shouldn't be afraid to shoot from the "blue line". I think it's the air current against the ball or something, but damn the ball likes to curl!

DON'T SCREEN THE GOALIE (I'm a goalie lol). And if you do, you'd better as heck block the shot :P

Enjoy. It's a fantastic sport. Even ice hockey players tell me they love ball hockey for what it is.

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My ball hockey team just won our division today!

Advice: If you're a defence, shoot from everywhere. The ball can curve like nobody's business and it's very difficult for the goalie to read.

If you're a forward: Get ready for rebounds, there'll be a lot.

At first it'll be really hard to hold onto the ball, might take a bit to learn how to receive a pass because it will bounce right off your blade. That'll come with experience.

Running is a lot more tiresome than skating. You can't coast, if your legs aren't moving, neither are you.

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Defense:

-always try to force the play to the outside.

-be able to make long breakout passes

-when blocking shots try to be as close to the shooter as possible

-shoot whenever you get the ball

-stay back, as it's gonna be tiring getting back, you can't glide like on ice

Offense

-dont dump and chase unless you're way faster than the defender or you'll be out of breath quickly

-think quick, as you can't move as quick on foot

-practice your snapshot and aim for corners

-cycle off the boards to tire out the defenders

Edit: wear a cup

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I'm playing my first (organised) game of ball hockey on Monday, for UBC Rec!

Any advice?

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I don't know if it's something ball hockey players are infamous for, or something about me (the Burrows avatar?) but I liked how I was told immediately not to play dirty :P

Thanks for all the advice, and good luck tomorrow VT

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