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I was watching the silver ferns game last night & noticed the GS stands right up on the line when the opposing team is having their centre pass. Just wondering opinions on that, do you think its to put pressure on WD/GD if the centre passes back, or I guess she is there if there is any mistake made (loose ball possibility). I am just wondering if I try this with my 10/11 year olds. My GS wants more work to do!!!
never noticed, but my guess is if there is a mistake made and the ball goes free the GS is there to pick up a loose ball. not sure i would bother doing this with a young team, as personally i think the other players will be closer, and the GS should be watching the game closely and react if a ball goes loose (not that i have ever seen too many players that are young who are THAT focused during a game). at that age they need to learn how play as a team. GS and GK positions are tough positions to play as they can be reasonably quiet for a lot of the game. make sure the GS is used in the passing sequence outside the circle for getting the ball into the circle and that helps open the circle up.
but in saying that, you can always try it and see how it goes for your team.
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