ZONE DEFENCE: CREATING THE INTERCEPT

Summary
Build the skills required to set up intercepts in a zone or ‘offline’ defence, with this introduction on how to position in order to create turnover opportunities.

Difficulty
Basic-intermediate

Players
3

Equipment
1 ball

Coaching points
– When intercepting from beside/behind, ensure players are driving forwards to cut off the ball, rather than a sideways movement, in order to avoid contacting the opponent.
– Explain the concept of the “passing line” to your players. Ensure they understand that in order for the intercept to occur, they need to leave the line to the receiver open, to encourage the passer to pass the ball. This is called “offline” defence.
– If players aren’t able to intercept when sitting “offline”, instruct them to move a little closer to their opponent/receiver, until they’re successful at intercepting, and then begin to slowly increase the distance again until they find their range. It’s important for players to begin to understand how much room they can give their opponent and still expect to realistically have a go at an intercept or turnover in a game situation.
– Work 6-8 passes for each player, before rotating. Once all players have completed a couple of rotations and are experiencing success, then progress the drill to the next stage.

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