Blocking shots (and even, I’d contend, blocking passes) is an important but often not discussed topic. I mean, fundamentally it’s not hard to do: get your wheel or mallet or body in the way of the ball. Sure, that’s easy enough.
But I don’t think the conversation ends there. It doesn’t go much further, but there are some considerations I think you should be making when blocking a shot.
No no, I’m not saying that you should be choosing between blocking or letting the ball go into the net. Stop being so dense. Sheesh. What I’m saying is that you should consider what happens after that ball is blocked.
For instance: after you block a shot with your wheel, are you thinking about where it’s going to bounce off to? are you considering whether your players are the most likely to get the ball on the rebound?
If you’re not, you might want to. Blocking the ball is a great thing, but blocking the ball and setting up a good play at the same time is pro level status, friend.
Try, immediately after blocking the ball, to capture it with your mallet (by stopping the deflection). Try, basically, to steal the ball from play, not just interrupt the play. This takes practice and a certain amount of luck, but it’ll put you well ahead of players who just put themselves in front of the ball without doing much else.