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Behind the Bench, Nov 20th - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019  
By: Michael Moore

Hi Guys!
Whoa! What a week! Seems like everyone had games everywhere. Many Prep schools in New England started their regular season play this week and the NAPHL hosted a Showcase in Frisco, TX. Here are the results:

So Coach Littler is getting specific this week. These are his notes on effectively executing a fake. As we get deeper into the season sharpening this skill might prove helpful in giving your play a bit of a boost. Check it out-

The best fakes look identical to the athlete's normal movements
By David Hampton
Offensive coordinators, coaches and players are always looking for weaknesses to exploit in the defense.
One of the most important parts of an offensive player's arsenal is faking passes and shots.
Well-executed fakes can cause a defender or defensive unit to overplay or underplay the attack. They create a moment of doubt, providing time and space to rip a shot, make a pass, or give a cutting player an extra moment to slip into an open seam.
Five Keys to a Good Fake
 1. Pre-Fake: Set-Up.

Many fakes are best performed in specific situations. Some fakes work only when you have an opponent directly in front of you. Others may work better from a stationary position, or while in motion. Some fakes require an approach from the right, others from the left.

The point is that there is a preparatory phase to every fake. Deceptive moves must be set-up with a purpose in order to work effectively.
2. Fake: Natural movement.
One of the keys to a good fake is knowing how to sell it to your opponent.
"The best fake is one that looks identical to your normal pass or shot," explains lacrosse coach Jamie Munro, founder and CEO of 3D Lacrosse, Inc. "Keep your body movement consistent: legs, hips and arms should look the same as usual."
Your body language must convey the message that you are absolutely going to execute the shot. To perform the fake shot in soccer, for example, bring your leg back and arm up as though you are going to shoot.
Then stop this motion just in front of the ball. Use everything you can to make it look real. Otherwise, there's a good chance the opponent will not be fooled.
3. Fake: Patience.
An effective fake must also allow the defender a moment to process the movement and be taken in. In some cases, a fake may be rushed or performed so quickly that the defender has no time to react.
"Stay poised," Munro says. "Give the fake time and wait for your defenseman to bite before pulling your stick back to pass, dodge or shoot."
4. Post-Fake: Separation.
The fake causes a defender to freeze for a moment, allowing the offensive player to create separation.
It is often said that the biggest mistake the offensive player can make following a great fake is to stand still. Always follow the fake with separation; go wide and move to the left or to the right to set up for your next play.
Take the space created, pass or shoot with time and space created.
5. Post-Fake: Acceleration.
The getaway is the second part of the post-fake phase. The opponent will only hesitate for a fraction of a second and you must capitalize on that by accelerating to the inside or to the outside, or into the open space.
Start working today on incorporating fakes into your practice routines.
Think about faking not only your man, but also the rest of the defense who are reading the play.
Not allowing the opponent to know what you're doing is fundamental to exploiting the defense.

Ah the deke, the head fake, the dangle or the toe-drag ...we all have seen greats like Patrick Kane execute them like they are second nature. And for players of that caliber those skills are second nature. They are so because the best players spend countless hours perfecting their craft. Those players follow outlines just like that which Coach Littler has outlined here. Now it’s time for you to take this outline, refine it and make it your own. Invest the time and raise your game!

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Author: Michael Moore
Michael is a professional hockey scout and advisor with Victorious Hockey helping North America’s top hockey prospects fulfill their ultimate playing potential.

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