Dodges


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1.) The first dodge is called a split dodge. If you carry the stick with your right hand on top, then you cradle right handed (as shown) and all you do is head straight at the defender, fake to the right, and cut back tot the left. The key is to switch the stick from your right side to the left side of your body by switching the position of your right and left hands. The opposite goes for a left-handed approach: fake left, go right.



2.) The second dodge is called a roll dodge, and it is a little more complicated than the split dodge. First you head at the defender at a slight angle to the opposite side you will roll to. Therefore, cradling with your right hand you head slightly to the right of the defender. As you get very close, you plant with the opposite foot (in this case left) and pivot to cut back to the left. It is recommneded but not essential that, while you spin, you also switch the stick from your right to left.



3.) The third, and my personal favorite dodge,is called the bull dodge. All there is to do with this dodge is run straight through the defender. It works much better if you pretend to do some other dodge or juke, and then catch the defender off guard by lowering your shoulder while still cradling and running him over. It is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.

Checks


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1.) The first check demonstrated is called a poke check, and it sounds exaxtly like what it is. Put your left hand at the bottom of the stick (again, opposite if you are left handed) and your right hand 3 up the shaft. You want your bottom hand to be by your hip as you point the stick outwards at the attacker. As you see the attacker is about to dodge, move only your bottom hand while keeping the stick steady with the right (loose grip) and simply poke his stick with yours. The video should make this wordy description at least a little easier to understand.



2.) The second check is called the slap check, and is very effective when you are moving laterally to an attacker as opposed to straight on collision. Take the stick with two hands about 2-3 feet apart at the bottom, and use your wrists to create a backlash with the stick. It is basically like swinging a baseball bat only you are trying to hit their stick so the ball comes out, and you don't want to wind up that much. Think short, powerful, burst.



3.) Lastly is the lift check, which is a check used primarily for disrupting the attackers' pass or shot. To perform the lift right, you have to wait until the attacker is just about to shoot or pass, and take your stick and place the end of it surreptitiously under his bottom hand and lift up as hard as you can.