Players work in 4s, with 1 ball.
GS and GK work in the middle with a feeder either side.
The GS in the middle positions herself on the opposite side to the ball. So when the lob pass is thrown to the other side the GK cannot move to get in between the feeder and the GS.
This should make for an easier pass to the GS inside the circle for the shot.
Holding space not only protects space, it also helps players conserve their energy.
The attacker needs to keep a strong body position, knees flexed and slightly wider than normal base. The player needs to work to hold this position by making slight adjustments with the feet to keep the defender contained.
As the ball is passed into the space attacker holds position until last possible moment and then lunges, jumps or reaches to receive ball without allowing defender to reach the ball.
The attacker has to try and get free and receive the ball by any of the 4 corner cones on the floor.
Once they've achieved this the attacker returns the pass and starts in the middle again.
Split your players into groups of three, with one ball per group.
Player 2's job is to hold their space (screening) behind the defender (player X), leading slightly with one shoulder.
When the feeder lifts the ball over player X player 2 must move to receive the pass and then hold/ protect the ball.
In this exercise look at how the GS is blocking the GK in the circle from moving to wards the side the 2nd pass is thrown (right to left). By the GS turning towards the player with the ball the GS will have created a space i which to receive the ball.
Split players into 4s inside a coned area. The attackers (white) start with the ball on the outside of the playing area.
To begin with White 2 feints a movement one way and then sprints in opposite the direction (to begin with use a passive defender).
After white 1 has passed the ball, she then has to do a feint dodge and run in opposite direction to receive the ball.
Try to get 3 / 5 passes in a row before possession changes.
Set up a triangle with cones. 2 players are attackers, 2 are defenders. Attacker starts on the top of the triangle and the other starts on one of the bottom corners. They are defended by 2 defenders the whole time. The person at the top of the triangle starts with the ball, passes to the other attacker and runs into the triangle to receive the ball back. Again they pass to the other attacker and cross the bottom line of the triangle to be outside of the triangle. They receive the ball back again and the other attacker runs to take their space at the top of the triangle. The attacker behind the line passes the ball to the new top attacker, takes one of the bottom corner spaces and the drill repeats.
Set up a triangle of attackers (3m apart) with a defender in the middle of them. The person at the top of the triangle starts with the ball, passes to one of the other attackers and runs into the triangle to receive the ball back. They then pass again to either attacker and cross the bottom line of the triangle to be outside of the triangle. They receive the ball back again and the first attacker they passed to runs to take their space at the top of the triangle. The attacker behind the line passes the ball to the new top attacker, takes the free space and the drill repeats.
i 4s 1 ball. 2 feeders with the ball. GS and GK in the circle GS has to get free to receive the ball and if she feels she is in a shooting position she can take the shot or she feeds the ball back to the other feeder.(the one that did not pass the original ball).
Split group into 3 equal teams. Ideally 6 per team. 1 team is the attackers, 1 team are defenders, 1 team is resting off the court. Split court in half. Half of the defence and attack are restricted to defending half of court while the rest of the players are restricted to attacking half of the court. 1 A starts with the ball on the baseline. Attackers have 5 minutes to get the ball to the other end of the court and score as many times as they can. If the ball is tipped, intercepted or dropped the ball is taken back to the start. After 5 minutes, defenders become attackers, attackers come off to rest, resting team become defenders.
The feeders are positioned adjacent to one another, instead of opposite - with an attacker and defender inside the square. Within the square, there will be 2 defenders and 1 attacker. The attacker can offload to either feeder. However, if the attacker cannot get free within 3 seconds OR the attacker is holding the side of the free feeder - the ball can swing to the free feeder. The ball can only be swung once, at which point it must be passed to the attacker. The attacker must still try to get free each time for the first feed. The practice allows the attacker to work on a 2 on 1 situation.
The feeders are positioned adjacent to one another, at the top and side of the circle - with a shooter and defender inside the circle. The shooter can offload to either feeder. If the shooter cannot get free within 3 seconds OR the attacker is holding the side of the free feeder - the ball can swing to the free feeder. The ball can only be swung once, at which point it must be passed to the shooter. The shooter must still try to get free each time for the first feed. Once the shooter has receieved the ball they can put up a shot.
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