Block tackle – tips and techniques

Here’s a few clips I’ve found that can help you learn more about block tackling in hockey.

A block tackle is a useful way to steal the ball from an opponent – but what’s the best way to do it perfectly?

# Force player on to your strong stick side by lining up your right shoulder with theirs. This forces them to your strong stick side. Take a 45 degree angle with your feet so you can rotate your body.

# Don’t get too close or you risk being eliminated. Be about a step and a half away from the ball carrier.

# Don’t necessarily look to get ball straight away. Jab tackle, not to get the ball but to force them into where you want them. Then block tackle – see 4:38 into the Ryde Hockey video below.


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