DEFENCE OVER THE SHOT: SIDE LEAN

Summary
A variation on the standard defensive lean over the shot, adding another option for your defenders as they attempt to upset a goaler’s rhythm and shot.

Level
Basic

Players
2+

Equipment
1 ball

Coaching points
– The technique is similar to a standard ‘front’ lean, but turned 90 degrees to the side. It’s these subtle differences that can throw off a shooter during a game.
– Players can use either foot as their grounded foot – encourage them to try both to see which works best for them and which they’re most comfortable with.
– Keeping one foot grounded, stretch up with the other leg and one arm to apply pressure by leaning over the shot.
– If your defenders are overbalancing and falling forward within a couple of seconds, ask them to practise performing their lean with their grounded foot completely on the ground, and then rise up onto to their toes only in the final second to create extra pressure.
– Focus on your players holding their lean for four seconds, so that they become comfortable maintaining the pressure for three seconds during a game.
– Ensure the defender’s non-leading arm remains active, as there may be opportunities for tips if the goaler attempts to pass the ball off.