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How do I teach a GK to defend in the circle?

How do I teach a GK to defend in the circle and change up the way she defends based on her partner?

defence is really tricky for it is constantly changing depending on the way the game is played, the height and skill of the shooters, their tatics, and the ability of the GK.  it really does all depend on the age and skill level of your player.  with the younger girls, i tend to teach in front, facing the game type of defence, and once they have mastered that, then move onto behind defence so they can work on zoning, then move onto side on.  the hard part is teaching them when to use each one, and the transitions from one to the other.  My defence players are still learning this and they are 14-16 yrs.  the footwork required is the key, and teaching them to read the play.  the best way is teach the basics, and then do a lot of practice games, and be right there explaining which move is best and why.  its a long road, but if they love defence work, they will work it out with experience and practise.

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