Double-team defense is a Team USA staple. But there's more to it than simply swarming in twos.
It's called "sealing the double." Coach Ricky Fried ingrains the concept in U.S. players for use in the "Aces" ride that has come to define Team USA under his watch.
A successful double team looks like a triangle with the defenders at the base.
Team USA's Danielle Etrasco, working here in tandem with Michelle Tumolo, showed us how it's done.
· Get your opponent going in the direction you want, whether that's up field or to her weak hand.
· Get on her body a little bit to slow her down while the defender who's doubling comes to help.
· Turn her back into the approaching defender.
· Close the gap so she can't run through or around you.
· The backside defender can back check if your opponent hangs her stick.
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