Every one has to defend. Some defences are experts and some are part timers. Every one defends but not everyone knows what they are doing. Some just look like they are defending without being effective others are very effective but they still don’t know how or why. It is your job (the coach), to sort them out and explain the whats, the hows and the whys. WHAT is good defending? Good defending can force errors, bring about intercepts, and the most rewarding of all good defending can force a held ball. Yes, but how?
Read on we’re getting there… Why? Why is it so? I don’t know we just do, attack and defend its all part of the game. That’s how you play the game! Seriously, it’s all about possession of the ball and without it you cannot score goals. Why? Because defence puts pressure on the attacking side, it forces errors and turns over possession. How can you defend effectively? With fitness determination and persistent effort. Yes but HOW? Read on…. Man to man from all around the body, in front, behind, facing, from either side, off the player or defending the space and team defence.
Man to man is an old term used to describe close one on one defence and is the most effective way to defend. 2. The side on position can be used to force attacker in a certain direction usually the side line. 3. Defend from behind to stop the lob, or force to the outer edge of the circle. 4. Off the player is when the defence stands away and in the space you think your opposite might want to move to after she has thrown the ball. 5. The next space is the space where you think the attack might throw the ball to. I hope this makes sense to you. Work out which is most effective and use it.
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Yes! But how? By watching! Eyes up! For example you can tell by watching an opposition player which side she likes to leads to, left, right or straight. You can tell which way she passes the ball, quickly, slowly, from the shoulder etc. Does she hesitate or pass on the first look. Knowing all this you can work out the best position to defend her from. You can vary your distance, as well as extension of your arms, just half way so that you can surprise the attacker, when fully extended. 3 Defend, Recover and Take Distance “Defend, recover, take distance, hands up. This method only works well if you do not overrun, or run past everything in your effort to intercept and defend. If you are beaten then you recover strongly, and defend the next space into which the attacker wishes to move. Are you with me? It is a bit confusing, but press on…. Over running is a waste of energy, time, and is an invitation to the opposing team to do what they like, it has no effect in applying any sort of pressure. If you can eliminate this from your defensive game you can successfully apply pressure and force errors. In other words STOP IT NOW! Throw Ins I like to see the defence bring the ball into the centre third.
Using the centre as a back up. Once it is in the centre third the attackers will do what they do best, so they should be given plenty of room to work their magic. The trick here is that the attackers must hold their run, if they charge in too early there is a congested mess and it will usually break down. The other trick is for the defence to CLEAR OFF! But watch in case they are needed. Goal Keeper • The GK’s job is to safely and legally defend every move the opposing GS makes. • One on one defence is the best move in such a confined space. • Using the opposite hand with a lunge to reach for the ball. Important not to overrun the ball rather react quickly and recover. • Get between shooter and post. • Defend the shot at goal and turn for the rebound. If the GS leaves the circle, I like to see the GK defend the shooter out of the circle but must always recover quickly and strongly to defend the space where the shooter will enter the circle. If they cannot achieve this it is better to let the GS move freely outside the circle and only defend in the circle. After all the GS cannot score goals out of the circle. Defence Drills in the Circle 1. A makes a lead and receives a pass from B 2.
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Throws ball back to B 3. A then makes another lead back into the circle 4. D is defence who defends every pass 4 Rebound Try catching the ball instead of hitting it away. Jump straight up and land safely, in your own space, not all over the GS. Goal Defence Defend every move the GA makes but as usual always recover quickly to defend the next space into which the GA wishes to move. Never allow the GA a clear run to the circle, it is a good thing to not turn your back on the GA to catch up, in other word your eyes are on the player because you should have a good idea of where the ball is.
At the centre pass force the GA to one side of court, take the next space and do not turn your back on her. Be aware of GK and WD taking the next space and work together. In the circle be very tight and be aware that good body control is essential. Confused yet? Keep on….. GK and GD Working Together A defence strategy in the circle is a joy to watch. It happens when GK and GD play tight one on one outside the circle, BUT… when both are in the circle they each take responsibility for half. It is usually divided down the middle at the Goal Post but swings in relation to the ball. See illustration.
You will notice now that it is no longer one on one or man to man but they are defending an area, but if the GS or GA moves in that area it becomes one on one. Watch for the GS or GA to sneak along the base line and block that move. Always keep feet moving, be aware of where the ball is, eyes up, seeing everything. 5 A = Attack D= Defence F = Feeder T = Thrower GK and GD in circle. 3 Players 1. F passes ball anywhere at random into the circle 2. D call mine/yours and that one retrieves ball on full 3. Then the other D defends the pass back to F. 4. Swap sides Progression 1 1. Same as above 2. F moves around circle edge. . D to face ball accordingly 4. Swap sides Progression2 4 Players 1. Same as original 2. Add one Attack in the circle Progression 3 4 Players 1. Same as above 2. F moves around circle edge Progression 4 5 Players • Same as Progression 2 • Add two As Progression 5 5 Players Same as Progression 3 F moves around circle edge Progression 6 5 Players 1. When D intercepts, 2. 2nd D drives OUT of circle to receive an attacking pass from 1st D 3. As now defend 6 WING DEFENCE Very simple job description for WD – STICK LIKE GLUE, apply pressure and chase all game and possession of the ball will come your way, I promise!
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The WD in my opinion is a vital and often underestimated position. When you have a good look at all the things she has to do, it is a wonder that she has time to breathe. Look at this, no really I’m serious….. Important roles of the Wing Defence • Apply pressure by one on one (man to man) defence. • Limit the amount of possessions the WA has per game. • Force the WA to adjust her game and expose her weaknesses. • Keep the WA off the circle – be between the thrower and the circle. • Force WA to corners and get an intercept. Wink and send secret messages to C at centre passes and switch players when necessary – • Around circle edge, send more secret messages to the defences. All four defences can work together. • Change quickly from defence to attack, create space and send the ball back down the court, what a Wonder Woman Wing Defence is! • Go for intercept – have a go – keep up the pressure • Move into the Goal Third and pick up the shooter as she comes out. • Of course must recover quickly to defend the space. • Sometimes be between thrower and receiver. But wait there’s more!