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What's the difference between Steal and Shave?

What is the difference between a "Steal" and a "Shave" in defence techniques? A lot of different explanations are given on the internet, and I want to give the right information to my students. Both are used in Tackle Back situations.I always thought that a steal is taking over the ball when it is "loose" - like the opponent wants to give a pass -and a shave is taking over the ball when an opponent has the ball on the stick.

Hi Remco - we've started a similar discussion on this answer page: Q. What is the best way to share playing vocab?

hi all.

My understanding is that a steal is when you take the ball off the stick of the opposition player, with your stick upright i.e. you "steal" / take the ball off their stick using only the head of your the stick.

A shave tackle is an advanced tackle, which takes a lot of timing and skill and it’s very easy to stick tackle too i.e. it’s a higher risk technique.

It occurs from behind and on the 'wrong' side of a player i.e. the tackler approaches from behind and attacks the player with the ball typically from the right side (since that’s the normal carry position for the ball), swinging the stick along the ground in the zone between the ball-carrier’s leg (the leg nearest the ball) and the ball itself. You "shave" the ground, from left to right, tackling with the leading edge of your stick and hopefully coming out with the ball, effectively from inside the opposition player.

It's kinda difficult to describe.

If you Google shave tackling and ryde hockey, there’s a perfect video of the technique.

Regards,

Gary

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