DEFENCE OVER THE SHOT: THE JUMP

Summary
Former Australian men’s team captain and defender Heath Brown shows you the key coaching points for teaching your defenders how to use a jump to apply maximum pressure over a goaler’s shot.

Difficulty
Basic

Players
2+

Equipment
1 ball

Coaching points
– As with all types of defensive pressure over the shot, you’re looking for your players to exert their pressure for the full three seconds. If they jump after only one second, the shooter has another two seconds to steady themselves and put up an uncontested shot, so encourage your defenders to practise holding their jump until the last second.
– The jump will be much more powerful if the defender crouches slightly and engages their quads, rather than just springing off their toes.
– The jump should be slightly toward the goaler, remembering to bring the arm down before they land so as not to obstruct.
– Practise making those arms as long as possible as they jump, and extend the arm up and through just above the line of the ball, making it very hard for the goaler to shoot over it.
– Once the defender has mastered the jumping component, if the goaler is able to get the shot away then the defender should practise turning in the air and blocking out the goaler for the rebound.

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