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How to stop contact as WD

How to stop a lot of contact with having a position as WD throughout the court, does anyone have any tips ?
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Hi Karrygon, 

Firstly, I would advise any defender to maintain an open body position, allowing you to see both the player and the ball. This means you should position your body at an angle so you are not flat facing your player, nor with your back to them. This position will enable you to see the a wider view of the court and help you analyse play to time your interception perfectly. 

My second tip would be to intercept the ball away from the attacker and cut the line of the ball.  If you see the diagram attached - the blue defender is cutting the line of the ball and avoiding contact on the attacker (the red player). Whereas the yellow defender is attempting to intercept the ball at the body, therefore they are significantly more likely to contact the attacker. To complete this skill successfully you will need to have the confidence to do so and commit to the interception - like any skill, the more you practice the easier it will get.

My final tip would be to ensure you keep your arms in when defending. Often WA players are fast and to stop them defenders use their arms, usually unintentionally. Try to consciously keep your arms in to prevent being called for contact. If your player does get away from you, set up a strong second stage of defence (3ft arms over) and as soon as their have released the ball step in and try to keep them up court. 

Hope this helps. 

Interception - at the body and away from


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