THREE FEET HANDS OVER – TRACK THE BALL

Summary
Advance your young players’ three feet hands over defence with this next progression that introduces an opposition player and a ball.

Level
Basic

Players
2+

Equipment
1 ball per pair

Coaching points
– Ensure your players have already practised the “Three feet recovery to hands over” drill, so they have developed an awareness of how far three feet is and have mastered the quick recovery footwork required to progress to the next step.
– Now we’ve added an opposition player and a ball, to mimic what players will face during a game.
– The defender now needs to drive right up to the player with the ball, dig in and recover to three feet in quick movement, and then introduce their hands over pressure.
– As the players try to hold their three feet position for three seconds, ask the player with the ball to move the ball around. Instruct the defender to “track” the ball, i.e. move their arms and hands to put pressure over the ball, wherever the attacking player holds it.
– Again, as they improve, ask them to increase the speed of their drive towards the attacking player, to further test their footwork and quick recover.
– As a guide, each player might complete 5-6 repetitions on each leg, have a break, and then complete another set at a slightly higher intensity.