Netball: Defenders Dictating Play

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DESCRIPTION

Create a narrow channel for 2 attackers and 2 defenders to work in, from the centre circle to the end of court.

Have a feeder on each side of the channel; both able to move along the side.

Attackers are attempting to play the ball over the baseline.

Defenders are focusing on keeping the attackers high or forcing them to make as many passes as possible.

(The more passes the attackers are forced to make the better. This is because they are more likely to make errors under fatigue and gives the defenders more opportunities to intercept.)

Points

Attackers pass the ball over the baseline = 1 point to Attackers

Defender intercepts the ball =1 point to Defenders

Best of 5

COACHING POINTS

  • Defender positions behind their attacker so that they can track their movements
  • If the defender is behind the attacker they can angle to force attacker to or away from the ball. They do this by stepping up at an angle early to deny space and dictate attacker's movement after they have passed.
    • If forced "wide" (by positioning themselves between the attacker and the ball) then the defender goes for their own intercept.
    • If forced in "narrow" (towards the other attacker) they can call the other defender to drop and cover their player, creating a switch

PROGRESSION

Make area wider to make this drill harder for the defenders, as the attackers have more space to get free in.

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