In this simple defensive exercise from Melbourne Vixens defender Kate Eddy, your players will practice getting their feet around an opponent and then attacking the ball to intercept it cleanly, without contacting!
– As players work their feet around the ‘post’ player, encourage them to keep their feet shoulder width apart, avoiding taking a stance that’s too wide.
– Work off the thrower’s timing – wait until the ball has been released before moving to intercept it. Ask the throwers to slow down their rate of passes if need be, to allow the defender the chance to move their feet around the body multiple times before picking off an intercept.
– The defender can also mix up their movement, working their feet around the back of the ‘post’ player.
– To advance the drill, have the defender stand further behind the ‘post’ player, and take an angle to the ball to intercept.
– Encourage the defender to ‘take their own line’ to the ball, i.e. cut the ball off earlier, without contacting their opponent.
– Avoid lunging to intercept the ball – keep running until the ball is in their hands.
– Advance the drill further by having the post player move around slowly within a small space, forcing the defender to adjust their movements further to ensure they always have a line to the ball.