5 Defensive Rocket League Tips Every Pro Player MUST Know

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5 Defensive Rocket League Tips Every Pro Player MUST Know

Freestyle goals and a high-level offense are all well and good, but without a Solid D, you’ll probably end up too tilted to remember to save your sick replays anyway. Boring stuff like rotations, positioning, and effective clearances, while admittedly lacking in glamour, are more important than the occasional wonder goal if you want consistent W’s on that board. That’s why we’ve teamed up with professional…ish Rocket League Coach Gregan (Who’s D so impressive it would shock yo mama). to create… Five Defensive Rocket League Skills Every Pro Player Must Know. We’ve even capitalised the word must for bonus clickbait. As a viewer of this video, you’re part of the problem. Now let’s get the shindig Crack-A-Lackin’ At no point in your Rocket League career will you ever feel more powerless than when watching your teammate charge thoughtlessly from the relative safety of his own half, to a ball that you know… he won’t win. From afar, you see it coming. Your teammate, his opponent nearer to the action, the rush of blood to your teammates head as he charges boost management be damned into the general direction of the loose ball. And then… invariably, before you get the chance to rotate back, grab yourself some boost, watch the extend the lord of the rings trilogy, and reset your defensive positioning, the inevitable happens. Everyone spams Wow! the ball trickles slowly into your goal. The point we’re making, is that when you’re the third man back, DON’T dive in. Instead slow the game down by initially keeping your distance, then tackle your opponents when you’re confident they can’t flick it over you. If you realize mid charge you’ll be beaten to the ball, try and gauge whether your opponent is going to shoot, take a touch, or fake. Then do anything you can to ensure your car blocks the path between the ball and your own goal. At this point, there’s probably no going back, so you may as well commit. The best way to learn when to attack and when to hold off is to play 1v1s. Much like the fictional American sport of Basket…Ball. A lot of high-level Rocket League, is spent utilizing “the backboard” Pro Players Pepper this Particularly Penetrable Place and their opponents Part of the Pitch until eventually soaring up! and smashing the ball home! just like an actual basketball player, scoring his team a hoop shot from the four point line zone. Defending this (thankfully) is easier than you think. As you probably noticed, defending a backboard hit from inside your own goal is about as fun as a red-hot poker to the hippocampus. Where possible, you should instead let your teammate aerial in from the side and clear the ball as it bounces. If you are the teammate on the side, make sure you communicate that you’ve got it as early as possible, to avoid a dreaded “double commit”. You can even force your opponents to reconsider hitting it against your backboard in the first place. To do this simply drive onto your back wall before the opponent makes their hit. If the ball does still come your way, turn yourself into a vehicular flyswatter and bat it away. Just make sure it ends up in the corner of the pitch and not in your own penalty box. Regular viewers of Pro Rocket League will see this defensive strategy used a lot. Unfortunately the time will come where you must make a backboard clearance from within your own goal. Before going pro, you will have to be able to do this consistently. So we found a training pack that will help you do just that. The code is appearing on your screen… now. You’re probably already aware that the easiest way to clear is to hit the ball on the half volley. But you can’t always do this. Sometimes you’re rushed, or the ball is rolling, or you have no boost. In these trickier situations, going for distance alone will likely do nothing more than set your opponents up for an aerial Here’s four ways to prevent this. Number One: Touch and Dribble This is fine if you’re not under much pressure, but you must insure your car remains in line with the ball, and your goal at all times. Two: Clear where your opponents aren’t. If your opponents are on the right, clear to the left. If your opponents are back at base, keep it closer to you. Basically keep as much distance between the ball and your opponents as possible. Number Three: Find a Teammate If you can’t get any power, pass to a teammate so they can use the pace of your hit to get a better clearance. This is especially effective, if your team is being boost starved and none of you can make a powerful hit. But bear in mind that this works both ways. If your teammate is about to get a weak clear, read where it’s going, and head there as soon as possible. You’ll either turn a bad clearance into a good one, or block your opponent’s next shots at source. Number Four: Clear to Your Own Corner This is easily read, and your opponents have every chance of picking up the loose ball, but at least you’ve bought your team some time. You should try to find the opposite corner to the one your opponents are attacking. Even if this means not touching the ball at all. Say if it’s already heading safely to your corner. Be aware though, knocking the ball across your own goal is risky, and should only be done if you’re certain your opponents aren’t waiting to pounce. Even when you can get a big clearance don’t always go for distance. A clean hit is an opportunity to the ball wherever you want. So keep an eye out for teammates surging forward or awaiting a redirect. This can turn defense into goals for your team. There are many obvious parallels between effective clears and effective saves. Avoid deflecting the ball into your own penalty box at all costs, aim for your teammates, or the Corners, or make a huge clear. But getting to the ball in the first place is easier said than done. Here’s three quick and dirty tips for when you’re certain a shot is incoming. Number One: Don’t Edge Forwards If you find yourself in your own goal and your opponent’s got a shooting chance, wait behind the line until you know where the shot is going. We’ll explain later why you should usually save from the side of the goal, but in times of desperation, like this one, it’s a good tip to know. As you can see in this clip, edging forward prematurely makes a subsequent save so much less simple. So hang back until you’re confident. Number Two: Trust Your Teammates I know, I know they all suck! but it’s important. If Matey here is already going for the ball, there’s no point in you doing the same thing. Instead stay composed. Remain in the net and prepare to win the loose ball or save the next shot. In true goal mal scrambles, this is obviously easier said than done, but limiting your double commits as much as possible will result in fewer goals conceded. Number Three: Don’t Rush Out of Goal If you’re in goal and an opponent’s charging down your teammates clearance, It’s best to stay put, in case the 50-50 gives your enemies another shooting chance. However as my drug addict father once told me “even the cleaner seeming hits aren’t always safe”. That’s because your teammate may not have the angle to clear well. If you’re confident you can reach the loose ball next, then by all means try and win it. Otherwise stay behind your goal line and remain vigilant. But don’t get us wrong. Lingering in goal for too long will allow high-level opposition to pass the ball around you like you’re not even there. While you shouldn’t rush leaving your goal. A pro player will leave at the first opportunity. Knowing when to stay and when to go can only come with experience, but it’s something to keep in mind from now on. *background*We’ll give you thirty (inaudible) *narrator* In between first discovering my stream and realizing how much I actually suck. *background* Oh, I’ve saved it! What I save! *narrator* A lot of people ask my number one tip for improving at Rocket League. I tell them what Gregan taught me Backpost rotations are well important. Maybe you should try em’ sometime. Imagine your opponents are putting you under pressure, and you’re rotating into net. If you’ve got time, drive to the far post instead of straight into your goal. Here’s why. From here we can see and reach the entire goal, meaning any shots are easily defended. Not only that, but as we travel forward to meet the shot, we’re always going to get a solid clear into the corner. We can also cover the backboard with absolute ease. Either by aerialing the ball from the side, or driving up the back wall as discussed earlier. The final advantage is we have eyes on almost the entire pitch. This means we know the position of the ball as well as every other player. If matey here decides to pass. We’ll know exactly who he’s passing to and can position our car to make the save, or if we’re feeling brave we can block the pass as it comes in and set up a counter-attack. Can’t see your teammate? They must be in your blind spot. Use this knowledge to abandon your post (hahaha) and charge down the ball. Your teammate then tucks in behind you, and the cycle continues. If you’re on comms by the way, a quick shout to say you’re at the back post is enough to tell your teammate you’ve got the goal, and the backboard covered. If there’s an opponent in your blind spot. You know to prepare for a pass in their direction. There’s far more to back post rotations, as well as the rest of these tips, than we’ve outlined here. If you want some more in-depth instructions. Click the link in the description to check out Gregan’s tabletop tactics series. Which starts with an incredibly detailed analysis of why backpost rotation is so important. SubPar out! PS, er… please subscribe and post a comment saying how good this video was to make me happy, and also we’re on Twitch There’s a link in the description. Oh, and you can follow me on Twitter as well, and join our Discord if you want okay bye!!


SubParButInHD · August 29, 2017 at 3:43 pm


(00:46–02:14): #5 Don't dive in

(02:14–04:22): #4 Cover the backboard

(04:22–06:35): #3 Effective clearances

(06:35–09:22): #2 Effective saves

(09:22–11:14): #1 Back post rotation

Enjoy x

DrNue · July 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm

backpost rotation. Everybody knows. No one because, because of trust. No one does, me included. Damnit

BrazilianNut · July 5, 2018 at 11:51 am

Thanks for the tips! Now I will not use any of them because I suck at Rocket League! 😀

Ze Er · July 5, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Liked because you included the training code in the description.

Dominic Swinton · July 6, 2018 at 6:14 am

Can this Youtube channel please be renamed to "man VS rocket league" thanks – an Australian

Dw Vigilante · July 10, 2018 at 4:43 am

damn. knowledge is power.

Sergio Garnica · July 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Great video, are you happy now?

Ricardo Vargas · July 11, 2018 at 7:48 pm

THax for the tips!

Servini X · July 12, 2018 at 5:15 am


Lonesome Wanderer · July 16, 2018 at 10:13 pm

Great vid

Drake's Wheelchair · July 18, 2018 at 10:28 am

I'm a rookie playing again champ and Gran champ I'm not doing anything but my team carries me lol poor teammates

Chase Charlton · July 20, 2018 at 2:04 pm


Anthony Peutz · July 20, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Great info…what's interesting is I played goalkeeper for almost 17 years…and so much of this is strategic goalkeeping 101.

DROHNEN.DANIEL · July 21, 2018 at 7:38 am

Theoretical clear. Now I have to make this tips real xD

MrBalloon · July 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm

‘Without a solid D’ ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Sean Douglas · July 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

TRUST your own team mates? Ooof

Sonny Anaya · July 28, 2018 at 5:55 am

actually pretty good. good common sense stuff. great solid gameplay advice. so many times i have to loop in the backfield cause my teammates are fighting for the ball. can you please go into more detail on power hits. so many times ill see a player miss the shot, stop and try to flip hit it ball. the ball goes nowhere or worse a kickball pass to the defender which just center shoots it right down down center. thank goodness im there. just circle out of the way. just excited to touch the ball. PLAY CASUAL!! lol

arhym · July 29, 2018 at 12:42 am

While everyone spams wow. LMAO

arhym · July 29, 2018 at 12:49 am

Where's the tip for finding that one guy on the other team's real life address ?

Josh Upp · July 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm

watching this as a new player is insane

Burak Torun · August 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

Büyük vid! Size ücretsiz oyun anahtarları demet veren süper web sitesi paylaşmak isterim. Eğer sadece bir tane almak istiyorsanız derpy.me/VkA5R?ysnu2 Ive hakkında bazı süper şeyler duydum ve iş arkadaşım Jean'in nihayetinde onun için anahtarını buldu.

Trislex_Quality · August 9, 2018 at 8:56 am

Very nice edit dude

Jacob Pepi · August 9, 2018 at 11:32 pm

You dont know too much about basketball do u

WrlD LiBr8tR · August 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm

Love this video. Finally reached level 62. Thanks for your tips.

DarkSans · August 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm

3:41 wow, I have actually been un-knowingly doing this. XD

u wot · August 16, 2018 at 3:16 am

1 pro tip. Use ur double jump

bakersmileyface · August 17, 2018 at 11:50 am

I already have a solid D.

yasmar · August 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm


ASMR with Skull · August 28, 2018 at 9:34 pm

This was stupid

willthethrill191 · August 31, 2018 at 9:46 pm

Great vid and edit thanks!

Grady #18 · September 19, 2018 at 8:07 pm

Whenever I seem to play 1v1s against my friends they get mad at me for shadowing any1 know why ?

Greg Truong · September 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

This video was good!

That_Guy FTW · September 23, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Scoring a hoop shot from the 4 point line zone

PigeonLaughter · September 27, 2018 at 6:50 pm

This actually is a really good video! Great tips with details and explanations. Entertaining too! This is literally the best defensive tips video I've seen.

C A S A N O V A · September 30, 2018 at 4:58 am

Damn bro, what a video!
You MUST spend at least 10 hours at edition

Darkstar vs Superstar · October 7, 2018 at 12:16 am

'Without a solid D'

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Anes Niksic · October 20, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Your editing is fucking god tier

Alex Barrett · October 20, 2018 at 10:04 pm

That ending made me subscribe

Tom Hume · October 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm

who else is watching this even though they're already sick at defence?

- ViruX - · October 25, 2018 at 4:26 am

German title, english vid. Gj dude

R1zen · October 29, 2018 at 11:40 pm

Let's all be honest, at least 90% of us here aren't pros. XD

Tyan Allen · November 25, 2018 at 5:17 pm


BLADE eSports OFFICIAL · December 1, 2018 at 1:43 am

4 point line

Schuyler Sowell · December 10, 2018 at 6:19 am

I just got to say the production of this video was beautiful. And of course the tips are great, even for a noob like me 😂

Ben Golden · December 12, 2018 at 2:52 am

3 point line lol but great video👌

Jaime D · December 12, 2018 at 9:08 am

nice alliteration

3044 · December 17, 2018 at 6:56 am

thumbnail clickbaited me

TheBossCoop · December 21, 2018 at 5:38 am

"Fictional American sport BasketBALL"

SV · December 21, 2018 at 9:43 am

The video was great

Edu 21 · December 22, 2018 at 6:31 pm

It is helpful I’ll show it to my friends

pure · December 23, 2018 at 11:10 pm

this video is so hard to watch

Day Light · December 28, 2018 at 10:17 am

The editing in the video was top notch.

TDK VIDEOS · December 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm

0:30 Mmmmmm That’s what’s she said

ano nymus · December 29, 2018 at 10:01 pm

whats the music at 4:24 ? plz

Buzás Bence · December 31, 2018 at 7:28 pm

Thank you so much this is a best video for rocket defense NICE

Leganda · January 2, 2019 at 11:16 am

Sees title oh I do not have to watch this video

Marvin Black · January 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

8:05 trust your team8. Me: everytime, I trust my m8, he can't hit the ball lol.

A Rich · January 6, 2019 at 5:16 pm

Those were quality tips, but… the video was so dry, I didn’t enjoy it. You made maybe two jokes, but everything else was simply straight facts. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it didn’t really keep my attention, and I have nothing to bind these facts to my mind, and as such, will probably forget them.

Mert.H.T G. · January 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm


oPlains · January 9, 2019 at 7:30 am

7:54 I hate how I'll actually wait and they'll miss and say "No problem." Like BITCH it was your fault

oPlains · January 9, 2019 at 7:30 am

What a beautiful video!

Amar- KFC · January 20, 2019 at 10:16 am

“Without a solid D”

George Williams · January 23, 2019 at 11:15 pm

Could you come a little less confusing? Rule 1, hang back but magically also be on the other side of the court so you can block? What?

BlackLung2157 · January 26, 2019 at 8:57 am

this changed me. XD. No really, it helped alot. Thanks

Fabian Stevens · January 27, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Why does literally every single player look like a fucking child 😂

c013s14w · January 30, 2019 at 1:01 am

Great video, especially the backpost part. I understood i should be over there if theres a man in goal and play is in the other corner but i never fully understood exactly why.

Alessandro Caprara · February 16, 2019 at 9:03 am

Nice tutorial

GeStaFFo · February 17, 2019 at 5:45 am

Good work dude

Antonio Vidal · February 17, 2019 at 7:04 am

Despite knowing all of this, this was and amazing video great work 👌

Cash0311 · February 20, 2019 at 8:29 pm

These are the easy things…

Taylor Justice · February 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm

The alliteration at 2:48 was great 😂😂😂😂😂😂 idk if anyone else appreciated the effort but i sure did.

TheBestGamer72 · March 2, 2019 at 9:58 pm


fubi dubi · March 23, 2019 at 1:31 pm

nice vid

SBrax · April 1, 2019 at 12:53 am

That was FUNNY LOL

Ambrose · April 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm

"Pro players pepper this particularly penetrable place and their opponents part of the pitch". Say that 3 times fast lol

MPVG · April 19, 2019 at 7:20 pm

that editing, geez

Marc a · May 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm

this video was so good

The99thTimeLord · May 22, 2019 at 7:12 am

I do all of these things already. I'm in gold cause of bad teammates.

Alberto xdxd · June 2, 2019 at 6:46 am

What a save

ITS ODE · June 5, 2019 at 3:40 am

“4 point line zone”👍🏾

AdonisGaming93 · June 5, 2019 at 5:01 am

hard to rotate when my teammates keep double committing :/

Cheaterz · June 6, 2019 at 12:49 am

Well deserved sub from me. Very good video man.

Talefood Gaming · June 7, 2019 at 12:15 am

2:47 the alliteration my god

Dibya Debasish · June 7, 2019 at 12:28 pm

love it

BasicChinaMan · June 12, 2019 at 11:21 pm

The editing on this video is on point

ItzGibz · June 13, 2019 at 11:55 pm

How do you edit like this. This is awesome😮😮🔥 I really wanna know

Mystic · June 20, 2019 at 10:10 am

this was a very helpful video I used to be plat but now I'm diamond

DARKNESS 99 · June 26, 2019 at 3:04 am

“You might need to force your teammate “ oh I will use brute force

XxMONEY EDGARXx · June 26, 2019 at 5:18 am

Did he jus say “just like in basketball when they score a hoop from the 4 point line zone” smh

Pat W · June 30, 2019 at 12:11 pm

I'm was that shitty teammate diving in for so, so long. I'd like to apologize to everyone I've wronged. But also fuck all my terrible teammates that do that 😀

Grant Nelson · July 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Good advice but I didn’t learn anything new

Calen Stone · July 24, 2019 at 6:49 am

this is funny

Bill Donovan · July 29, 2019 at 7:37 am

This guy is a fucking turd sandwich. Every joke he attempted was cringe. My 5yo cousin is not nearly as loud, obnoxious, nor irritating. Almost puked on my phone just to turn off this nightmare as quickly as possible.

Dev Scholler · September 6, 2019 at 5:47 pm

I hate that some video titles and descriptions are translated to Hungarian, this actually makes me not want to watch the video..

vinkniv · September 20, 2019 at 10:49 am

I feel violated by being part of the problem.

Lemon4ik Cool · September 21, 2019 at 8:50 pm

А можно по русски?

Vova Syhin · September 23, 2019 at 4:47 am

These videos are worthless.

shane beaver · September 25, 2019 at 7:56 pm

2:46 "pro players pepper this particularly penetrable place and their opponents part of the pitch"

Scarthepain · October 12, 2019 at 11:21 am

2.16 Music?

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