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How can I shoot against a VERY tall defender?

Next week I'm due to play against two really talented defenders who are both very tall! One of them use to be my coach so I'm feeling the pressure- she's very quick and can push you to the edge of the circle well. What would be the best way to outwit her? I'm younger so I thought maybe my speed and fitness but I mainly play GS so I feel like I need something else?Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Hi, I hope your match went well. Here are some tips for the future:

- When you are shooting against a tall defender, do not hold the back space and ask for a ball overhead as this is very easy to intercept. Instead, hold the front space so there is no defender between you and the ball (shown by the video attached).

- As you mentioned your player sometimes pushes you the edge of the circle - firstly try to be firm and hold your space, but if not, use the same front hold but when receiving the ball do a split landing so you can get closer to the post for a shot.

- If you are struggling to put a shot up against a tall defender, you can take a step backwards - BUT do not move your landing foot! Your defender will have to maintain the 3ft distance from your landing foot, but it will allow you more space and take the pressure off the shot.

Hope this helps.

Holding space

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Description:

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.


Coaching Points:

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.

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