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How to teach Side on defense

I have an under 18's team and want them to incorporate side on defense in their game.When is it most useful and how can you teach it?I am looking for drills and tips please!!
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Hi Lesley,


Adopting a side on defence technique is great as it allows you to see both the player and the ball. Thus allowing you to adapt to the attack, whether than be pouncing to make the intercept or shadowing the attacking player's movements.


Here's a great drill to explain the fundamentals of this position to your players.


Archie

Correct Defending Body Position

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  • Whilst defending, you should always try 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
  • You should also try to maintain a narrow foot base and a stay on the balls of your feet so you are ready to move off and be first to the ball

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