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Reverse Block Tackle

Explanation: The block tackle is the most common tackle used in hockey and players need to be well balanced, have a strong foot position, and good timing to execute it effectively.

There are two types of block tackle. The attack block is used when a player power dribbles directly at a defender or if a speed dribbler is pushed into their path. It is also most effective when in a one-on-one situation. Use the defense block when pushing away from a speed dribbler.

The only difference between this and the forehand block is the position of the stick. As it is a reverse tackle the stick is still out in front of the body but also out to the left side, instead of the right, as with the forehand block.

Description: Make sure defenders get into a goal side position, and the correct distance away from the attacker. Then make the right foot lead and line the left shoulder up with the ball. Grip the stick with the reverse shake-hands technique. Spread body weight evenly between the balls of the feet, with knees bent, and body very crouched. Keep both eyes on the ball.

When ready to block, lower the handle of the stick almost to the ground and have the toe of the stick on the ground. Make sure to stay balanced throughout the whole of the sequence. Once the block is set, try and trap the ball.

If the defender manages to steal the ball, they should move it away from the dribbler, keeping the stick very close or on the ball, and be ready to pass, dribble, or shoot.

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