defending

should you face the ball or the attacker when defending?

Judina McCluskeyPlayer, England
ANSWERS
Ellie VernonOther, England

Hi Judina,

When defending, a side on position is preferred so that you can see both the defender and the ball. Remember to always stay on your toes and move around the attacker if needed, to limit their space on court.

Take a look at the drill I've added as it highlights how important it is to be agile and constantly on the move when defending!

Ellie

Defend the Corridor

DESCRIPTION
This drill is for a defender to practice intercepting and dictating play. Use 4 feeders to make a space like a wide corridor for the attacker in a third. Have 2 feeders on each side of the third 6-7m apart facing each other. The attacker will start the drill by passing to one of the first feeders, who will then pass back to the attacker. The attacker then has to pass to one of the next 2 feeders further up, on either side. The attacker also has to receive the ball in line with or in front of the Feeder, to keep play moving forward.

Defend the Corridor

DESCRIPTION
This drill is for a defender to practice intercepting and dictating play. Use 4 feeders to make a space like a wide corridor for the attacker in a third. Have 2 feeders on each side of the third 6-7m apart facing each other. The attacker will start the drill by passing to one of the first feeders, who will then pass back to the attacker. The attacker then has to pass to one of the next 2 feeders further up, on either side. The attacker also has to receive the ball in line with or in front of the Feeder, to keep play moving forward.
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