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Blocking Shots

Postby Dave254023 Fri Jan 13, 2006 3:36 pm

When it comes to being D we do get to have a bit of fun and tend to hurt more than we get hurt. But there is one thing that does hurt and only we do without padding on!

Standing in front of an attack man seeing him wind up and not be able to make it to him in time before he realises. A rubber ball travelling around 90mph hits your facemask, ribs, arms or stomach and you just take it. then attempt to recover the ball and clear. Does this not make us real men? My worst lax injury so far was a shot tot he kidneys. i had a welt there that didn't go down for days and i urinated some blood too.

Also our coach has told us stories of goalies abusing d men the d men stops marking and lets him shoot unchallenged on the keeper (i guess this only happens in america). A famous one he has told us is of him watching a game where this happened and the attackman shot split the goalies box/cup which then closed up and pinched his testicle!! Not nice!! so I think that we should get so admiration for doing a goalies job without the pads!! don't you?
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Postby young_trig Fri Jan 13, 2006 3:57 pm

No! I think you guys should do a better job of stopping them shooting in the first place! :D
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Postby Dave254023 Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:32 pm

Ok, what is the opinion on: shots from outside should be the keepers and anything from inside is all the d's fault?
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Postby young_trig Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:36 pm

Yup, I'll agree with that!
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Postby laxwill11 Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:39 pm

i'd go with that...except in settled play, against a recognised shooter, should the D be giving more protection to their keeper and getting on his hands to stop him taking the shot??
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Postby hollywood9 Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:53 pm

If you can block the shot. BLOCK IT!!! takeit for the team
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Postby Princess Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:56 pm

does anyone else find they take loads either in the grill of the helmet or right in the middle or their thigh??
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Postby Ian#4 Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:02 pm

I prefer taking shots in the helmet, I can hardly feel them through my new Riddell lid. I frequently drop my load when MrStanford winds up, with nothing but my mid-region between the ball and the goal.
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Postby Defenseman42 Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:18 pm

Thigh mostly... although caught a few good ones last season just under the ribs and in the sides.

Once or twice I've tried to block by simply spreading my arms wide, stick in one hand, and stood infront of the guy. THAT hurts, but you look like a GOD.
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Postby Dave254023 Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:22 pm

In the words of our STD infected LDO!! "Lax is all about looking cool!"
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Postby Whitey Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:25 pm

Defenseman42 wrote:Once or twice I've tried to block by simply spreading my arms wide, stick in one hand, and stood infront of the guy. THAT hurts, but you look like a GOD.


...or like a defender who's at risk of being face-dodged!
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Postby lead_head11 Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:41 pm

Did he get that STD off a UWIC girl!!??
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Postby goldenboy Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:55 pm

Having to train for three weeks without a helmet AND Mr Stanford winding up at you is worse. I cant remember ever getting hit by a shot in a game though - taken a few in training though!!
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Postby cjlax Fri Jan 13, 2006 7:52 pm

As an attack man cranking from anywhere, i tend to find the first few shots hit the D, from a distance or at point blank, but then i find close dodges work every time because on a fake crank the D twitch or duck out of the way, allowing for a free run on goal! So my advice to the D is stand your ground!
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Postby Ian#4 Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:41 pm

the best-est blocks are when you are backing up your keeper, and pluck the ball out the the air when it beats the keeper, just as everyone thinks its a goal!
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Postby goldenboy Sat Jan 14, 2006 8:39 pm

goldenboy wrote:I cant remember ever getting hit by a shot in a game though - taken a few in training though!!


In perfect irony I took a shot from one of the Reading guys in the facemask today!!
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Postby Dave254023 Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:04 pm

Irony was rife this weekend. I had never taken one to the thigh until this weekend. Dead leg still hasn't subsided!!
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Postby HaverGoalie Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:26 pm

I'd much rather have a clear view of a shot all the way then have someone throw themselves in its way and risk a deflection. As a defender, getting hit sometimes is unavoidable, but it almost always creates a dangerous situation: a loose ball in front of the cage, or much worse an impossible to stop deflection into the back of the net. After an attempt by one of my short stick defenders to pick off a shot that deflected a ball into the goal against Southampton, I think I made it clear that that is the last thing I'd like my defensemen to do.
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Postby HaverGoalie Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:32 pm

Defenseman42 wrote:Once or twice I've tried to block by simply spreading my arms wide, stick in one hand, and stood infront of the guy. THAT hurts, but you look like a GOD.


for the love of this GOD you speak of, I hope your keeper kicked you in the nutsack after that, you stopped defending and started screening and offered lots of surface area for deflection. Not a good plan.

If you need anymore evidence that intentionally blocking shots is bad for you as well as your team, remember the annual one or two deaths of defensemen by Commotio Cortis: http://theacc.collegesports.com/sports/ ... 05aaa.html
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Postby Ian#4 Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:57 pm

Thats a bit scary. Having said that, of all 128 cases recorded by the US Commotio Cordis Registry (upto 2001), only 12% were over 18. So thats 15 people my age from when their records began, from all tyes of sports and activities, mainly soft/baseball. I guess it is a little more concerning for parents though.
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