You have to use the base line like this in field hockey

 

Positioning yourself available for a pass on the baseline is a great way to make space. Defenders hate it. Look at what the player in white does around nine seconds into this clip of Bowdon Hightown v University of Birmingham. She heads for the baseline giving the player who has moved the ball wide a neat passing option with an angle that eliminates the defender on her non-stick side. The first player then cuts into the D for a pass which leads to a shot on goal. Didn’t work this time, but a great routine.

In another match (watch at about 1 minute in) here’s another great example of the base line being used on the left. It led to an attack on goal then a penalty flick.

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