Forecheck: 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck

Use the 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck to trap your opponent in his zone

The 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck is a great forecheck to add to your hockey systems repertoire. When executed correctly, it is effective at all levels of play, from youth all the way up through Junior and College level hockey.

The key to making this forechecking system work is to have everybody know, understand, and execute their roles properly. When this happens, the 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck works similarly to a neutral zone trap – except that it happens in the offensive zone!

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12 thoughts on “Forecheck: 1-2-2 “Foosball” Forecheck

  • Alan Spriggs

    If I’m not mistaken, one of the better ways to beat this forecheck is for that D to keep skating it himself/herself. So what are some possible options to combat that scenario?

  • Jeremy Weiss

    Jason – thanks for the comments. In my experience with this forecheck I haven’t had too many problems with reverses or rims… (that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen though)

    but here’s my opinion: if the opposing defenseman reverses it, that’s ok – the forchecker just turns and pressures the man who received the reverse pass. remember, his objective isn’t necessarily to steal the puck but to force a pass. F2 and F3 just need to be ready to adjust if there’s a reverse.

    if the defenseman rims the puck it does become a foot race, you’re right. but i would expect that the forward could read that coming and seal that off. even if he doesn’t get there before the pass, you are still forcing a tough play for that winger to pick it up off the boards and make a decent pass. also, our defenseman should be in position to seal the high boards against any “chip.”

    you’re probably right that this wouldn’t be as effective as a neutral zone forecheck, but i’ve had pretty good success with it as an offensive zone forecheck.

    anyways – as always, i’m not claiming it’s unbeatable, and it might work better for one team than another (depending on the team’s strengths and weaknesses). but i think it’s a decent forecheck to have in the repertoire either way.

    thanks again – look forward to more input!


    PS – a few folks had questions about this video so i did a more in-depth follow-up video a little while ago, check it out here:

  • Jason

    Pushing outside in allows for a very easy reverse or rim and race for the puck at the blue line. 95% of all puck pressure is inside out and this system can not be used in the neutral zone.

  • Jeremy Weiss

    LOL – you must be talking about the “Blue Vulture Award” for the toughest player of the game… you and I won that a few times––toughest 8-year-olds in the league that year! 🙂

  • Jeremy Weiss

    Ya – this one works REALLY well if executed with discipline. It works similarly to a Trap – except that you’re “trapping” the other team in the offensive zone, whereas most other Traps happen in the neutral zone.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!


    PS: I believe the next game will be broadcast on Nov. 7th vs UVU, @ 6:00 pm

  • Weiss,

    This is one of my favorite drills or systems to run. Like you said everyone must stick to their assignment to have the play work properly but when it happens it can drive defenses crazy.

    This is also referred to as “The Trap” right? I think that’s what one of my coaches used to call it back in the day.

    Anyway, this is awesome content. Totally fresh and unique. Keep it man!


    Dude, let me know again when more BYU Hockey games are on BYU.TV – that was so cool to watch. Plus, it’s hard for me to make it to a game so being able to watch it online is awesome.

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