Have two feeders passing a ball back and forth about 5m apart.
Position two cones on either side of one feeder, making a gate. The defender has to run between one gate after an intercept, before making the next intercept, alternating sides.
The feeder at the opposite end has the option of holding onto the ball if the defender moves too early. If this happens then the other feeder who was set to receive the ball will move in between the cones that the defender has just come from, to receive the ball out to the side.
This will help the defender recognise if they are moving too early or too late and make them recover to move back for the intercept.
Timing is important; if the defender moves in too early then the player at the other end can hold onto the ball and allow the other player an opportunity to move. But if they move too late then they will not get the intercept.
The defender should come in at an angle so that they can see what the Feeder is doing and recover quickly if they move.
Have 2 Feeders (F1, F2) passing to each other about 5m apart.
The defender will start to the side and slightly behind F2. F1 will pass the ball to F2 and the defender will go for the intercept. If they get it they pass back to F1 (if not F2 passes back to F1).
The defender then runs back the way they came the whole way around the back of F2, to make a circle before intercepting the next.
Challenge your defenders to get 6 intercepts of passes in a row.
Split the group into minimum of 3 people with one ball per group.
Player 2 runs to the side to receive ball from player 1.
They then turn and feed the ball to player 3 (the next player waiting in line).
Player 3 feeds the ball back to player 1 as player 2 moves quickly through to try and intercept the pass.
A feeder and attacker start on a third line, about 5m apart. A defender starts off to the side and behind the attacker.
The feeder does a chest pass to the attacker which the defender will attempt to intercept. The feeder runs into the Centre third and the defender (or attacker if the defender missed the intercept) passes to the feeder.
The attacker then runs to the edge of the circle to receive a ball from the feeder. The defender tracks the attacker back and again goes for the intercept.
Set up 4 feeders in Compass positions (North, South, East, West), with 2 defenders standing behind the W feeder and to the side. The E feeder begins the drills by passing to either the N or S feeder. Whichever N or S feeder has the ball then passes to the W feeder and the Defenders can go for the intercept. If the defenders go too early then the N/S feeder with the ball has the option to pass opposite instead and the other N/S feeder will play the ball to the W feeder. The W feeder only ever plays the ball to the E feeder. The W feeder also has a ball at the start and after the E feeder has released their ball then the W feeder passes their ball to the E feeder so that there are 2 balls in play.
Have 2 Feeders (F1, F2) passing to each other about 5m apart. The defender will start to the side and slightly behind F2. F1 will pass the ball to F2 and the defender will go for the intercept. If they get it they pass back to F1 (if not F2 passes back to F1). The defender then runs back the way they came the whole way around the back of F2, to make a circle before intercepting the next. Challenge your defenders to get 6 intercepts of passes in a row.
Blue players 1 and 2 pass the ball to one another, attempting to make space for a straight pass to one of the white players At the same time green player 1 shadows the movement of the ball between the 2 Blue players and attempts to intercept pass to one of the white players.
Players in pairs with 1 ball between them. They have to keep possession of the ball by passing it around and running into spaces, whilst 1 or 2 catchers are nominated to try and intercept the balls. When a pair lose the ball, they move out of the area and those intercepting continue to do so until all balls have been intercepted OR a time limit is reached.
Get your players into two teams of 4/5/6, one team wears bibs. The aim of the game is to get as many clean intercpetions as possible within the third over 60 seconds. You count how many clean intercepts each team can get when they are defending over the course of the 60 seconds. Once a player intercepts the ball they must put the ball down on the ground for the attacking team to pick up and keep going. Change over teams once the 60 seconds are over (attackers become defenders and vice versa) and see which team can get the most interceptions.
Set up: 3 lines are set up in triangle formation, one ball. 3 feeders at the front with a defensive player behind. Ball is passed around the 3 front players. Feeder is at the front of each line with the intention to receive a pass from any two of the other lines. Player immediately behind the front person is to time an intercept from incoming pass. Once pass received from defender it can be passed to any other line and the same is repeated. Rotate through feeders and defenders.
The two blue players pass the ball between themselves quickly and accurately. Meanwhile the white players stands in the middle, watching the ball pass from left to right. When they are ready the white player should position themselves between the ball and its intended recipient to make the interception.
Get into a group of 4 with one ball Two players will be feeders and will stand approxiamtely 4-5 meters apart One player will be a static attacker The other player will be a defender The two feeders will simply pass the ball between them The defender will be moving around the attacker maintaining an open body position The defender will time their movement and go for the interception The defender must get 4 successful interceptions before they can switch out
Set up a triangle with two players on each point. Players have to weave from the back to in front in order to receive the pass from the player to their right (ball travels in a clockwise direction). Once players have received the pass they then pass the ball to the front of the next point in the triangle for another player to weave and receive.
Players work in groups of 4. The feeder stands with the ball in front of the 3 other players. The two receiving players stand 5 meters away from the feeder and 2 meters apart. The defending player is only a few steps behind the receivers. As soon as the pass is made by the feeder the defender can make their move and try to intercept the ball before it reaches its intended target. The receivers are not allowed to move towards the pass. When the defender successfully intercepts the ball they can swap with the receiver who now becomes the defender.
Player 1 takes two steps in to finish with feet side by side. From this firm base, jump up to receive ball from player 2 who pushes it high above 1. One step back and repeat.
Two lines (Indian file) behind the centre transverse line facing the centre of the court. On the coach's whistle players drive out at a 45 degree angle, one player to right/one to left, pretending to intercept the centre pass which they were not able to intercept. Your players now pretend that the (imaginary) attacker now has ball. Defender turns to face attacker and implements 2nd stage defence (hands over ball to pressure pass). Your player then shadows the attacker along the sideline of the court before then rejoining the back of the line.
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