Give-And-Go -- by Greg Siller

The give-and-go technique is a passing play designed to defeat (allow a puck carrier to move past) an opponent. The technique is simple, versatile, and effective. Simple because it only requires the puck carrier, a teammate (usually), and a little practice; versatile because it can be used in the defensive, transition, and offensive zones; and effective due to the consistency of results that are obtained (movement of the puck past a defender and closer to the net).

Let's cover three give-and-go scenarios guaranteed to make you a more complete and better overall roller hockey player.

Give-And-Go #1. Use this technique is in your defensive zone, in conjunction with a breakout play. In the upper left corner of the first figure, the defenseman (D) is moving with the puck and encounters a defender (X). The stationary forward (F) has positioned himself along the boards to receive a pass from D. D passes the puck to F and moves toward the transition zone. Once D moves past the defender, F returns the puck to D, and the play moves out of the defensive zone. In the lower left corner of the first figure, D employs a variation of the give-and-go to dish the puck along the boards and retrieve it himself. This very effective move is really a combination bank pass and give-and-go.

Give-And-Go #2. Another variation of the give-and-go is where no return pass is received (as shown in the transition zone of the first figure). This play requires both offensive players (D and F) to play the situation as a typical give-and-go. Instead of receiving a return pass, the initial puck carrier (D) acts as a decoy, taking the defender (X) with him and creating space for the puck carrier (F) to move toward the net.

Give-And-Go #3. In the offensive zone, the give-and-go play can be used effectively to freeze a defenseman on a two-on-one and create a scoring opportunity. In the second figure, the left forward (LF) initiates the give-and-go with a pass to RF. While the defender (D) focuses on RF, LF puts on a burst of speed and moves by D. RF passes the puck back to LF, who is now in an excellent scoring position.

Give-And-Go Practice Drill. Start the drill by placing four players lengthwise along the boards, about 20 feet from the center red line; all facing toward the spot where the puck carrier starts. Divide the remaining players into two groups and place them behind each net (as shown in the third figure). At the whistle, the first puck carrier in each line takes three 1/2 speed strides, and then makes a pass to the first stationary player along the boards. The stationary player returns the puck to the original puck carrier. The puck carrier continues by taking three strides and repeats the play with the next stationary player; eventually executing a shot on net. After all players have gone through the drill, exchange the stationary players for players who have completed the moving portion of the drill and start again.

Perfect this technique and your opponents will be watching you pass them at a time.

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