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Help! How should shooters deal with defensive blocking?

Hi, this is a question for both me as a player and to pass on to players in social netball teams that I organise. I'm looking for any advice or tips to pass on to attacking players who are 'blocked out' by defenders, for instance when GS comes out to support and then can't get back into the circle. I often feel like I'm ballroom dancing with defenders rather than getting away from them! Any short drills that I could do with teams (we occassionally meet up and do a bit of pre-match training) would also be great. And if anyone has anything that individual players can do in their own time that would awesome! I'm a big fan of Rae Druce's Netball Fitness ebook, the advice for skipping & plyometrics is really transforming my flat footwork and jumping ability so anything I can do and encourage other players to do would be great. Thank you!

Its not smething thats used much as far as I can see but screening or using another player to block your defender to help you get free is something they can do. If the GS has come out of the circle then move towards their WA/C and use this player as a screen to get free. Or move first towards the outside of the court as if a player has been told to block you at all costs they will ollow you, then cut back into towards the centre of the court/circle where you want to be. Gives you more room to attack and get speed up.

Thank you! I never thought of using the opponents players as screens, only our players which cuts options down, that's a great idea. 


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