Master the art of a strong defensive lean over the shot, with these technique and coaching tips from former Australian men’s team captain and defender Heath Brown.
– Above all else, your defenders should be aiming to hold their lean for a full four seconds, to ensure the goaler’s shot is defended the entire time.
– The defender should have their hips facing squarely towards the goaler.
– Keeping one foot grounded, stretch up with the other leg and one arm to apply pressure by leaning over the shot.
– If your defenders are overbalancing and falling forward within a couple of seconds, ask them to practise performing their lean with their grounded foot completely on the ground, and then rise up onto to their toes only in the final second to create extra pressure.
– Once your players are able to maintain their lean for 3-4 seconds, advance it by practising bringing their elevated foot back down to the ground behind them, and then pushing off a second time to create one final burst of pressure over the shot.