THE RINK

The ice surface has multiple coloured lines, dots and circles on it. These lines, dots, and circles have been painted beneath the ice to satisfy the rules of the game such as icing, off sides, and face offs. Coaches use these markings to explain to their players how to play the game.


 The blue lines create 3 ZONES


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OFFENSIVE ZONE ( their goalie in net) 
When our team has the puck in this zone we are trying to create a good scoring opportunity.
When their team has the puck we are playing defensive hockey, we try to keep them trapped in this zone and get the puck away from them.

NEUTRAL ZONE ( between the bluelines) 
When our team has the puck we are playing offensive hockey, we set up a play to get through the other team into our offensive zone their defensive zone.
When their team has the puck in this zone we are playing defensive hockey, forwards pick up their checks, have one player put pressure on the puck carrier (fore check) all in an effort to prevent the other team from getting into our defensive zone.

DEFENSIVE ZONE ( our goalie in net) 
When our team has the puck we are playing offensive hockey, we set up a play or do whatever it takes to move the puck out of our defensive zone into the neutral zone.
When their team has the puck we are playing defensive hockey. We set up to prevent them from getting a shot on our net and particularly a shot that is a good scoring opportunity; meaning, from the slot.

NOTE …….this basic concept of hockey 

When our team has control of the puck our team is playing offensive hockey and when our team does not have control of the puck our team is playing defensive hockey. No matter which zone.