ZONE DEFENCE: DEFENSIVE PARTNER CALLING

Summary
An introductory series of partner exercises designed to introduced the basic movements and communication required to successfully implement zone defence.

Difficulty
Intermediate-advanced

Players
2

Equipment
1 ball
4 cones

Coaching points
– Cones should be set out in a square, a few metres apart.
– Players should perform each progression of the drill for a set time (i.e. 30 seconds) or a set number of repetitions (i.e. 10-15 instructions from the caller) before rotating with the caller. After both players have completed the progression, you can repeat it if the players are yet to master it, or move onto the next one.
– Calls from the caller should be loud and clear. Also ensure they allow enough time for the worker to recover back to the middle of the square, before calling the next instruction.
– On backwards/side-back/middle-back movements, ensure worker turns their shoulders and runs to the edge of the square rather than back-pedalling.
– For the final progression, when adding the ball, ensure the passer places it hard out in front, to replicate the worker having to drive at top speed to take the intercept. Look for the worker to “run their feet” through the ball, i.e. continue running until they have the ball in their hands, rather than lunging early.

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