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Defending a tall shooter

How do i defend a very tall large shooter who continues to get lob passes.
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Hi Vicki,

Holding shooters can always be a difficult task for any defenders, however there is simple way to overcome this!

I have attached a video explaining how to defend a holding shooter, essentially the best way to mark a holding shooter is to prevent her setting up in the first place. Get your defence to maintain a narrow foot base and quick feet in order to keep moving around your shooter. This will make the shooter keep having to move and try to re-set up in a different position, it will also mean the ball carrier cannot clearly see where the shooter wants the ball, preventing these lob passes.

A good way to practice this is with the drills I have selected below: 
 Moving round attacker
 1 vs 2 Guarding Ball Side

Hope this helps.

Defending a Holding Shooter

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Firstly, try to not let your shooter set up a holding position, however if she does... 

  • Keep moving your feet around the shooter to put pressure on her and ensure she has not free space to hold into 
  • Try to stay as close as possible but without contacting the shooter
  • Ensure you move around the shooter both in front and behind for the best chance of success 

Coaching Points:
  • Maintain and narrow foot base and use your arms to move quickly around your player 
  • Ensure you can always see the ball and the player 

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