First time facing off, need tips.
I have played defense/LSM in middle school/high school for about 5 years, and this fall I decided I needed to step up and take face-offs because no one else on my team could win any and I am pretty good at getting GBs. In practice against my team I won about every single won because I am okay at getting a basic clamp and picking up the ball, but during the first game I tried facing off I never really won the clamp, but still picked up the ball a few times. So is there a certain strategy or fancy move to use when facing off with a long pole that gives you an advantage, or is it all skill? Also, is it better to put your knees on the ground when you face-off, because I usually stayed low on my feet. I think the reason why I was losing was because I wasn't low enough down, but doesn't being on your knees give you less of an athletic advantage? I think jamming the other guy helps to prevent them from clamping the ball, right? I am not sure how to do that though. Is there a difference between lasering and jamming?
Well as you can probably tell I am pretty clueless about facing off and will appreciate any advice you guys have. Hopefully come springtime we'll have a face off middie, but I will keep practicing just in case I am needed, so I hope you guys can help my team get the ball a few times this year.
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