2.02 INDIVIDUAL DEFENCE
(d) INTERCEPTING THE BALL IN DEFENCE
Exercise for the defender to learn to intercept the ball
Groups of three with a ball at each korf.
A. Attacker A1 passes to A2. D defends A2 and tries to prevent the pass from reaching its target. D can guess the arrival of the ball from the preparation of A2 to receive the pass or even from A2’s eyes. By lifting one or both arms, D tries to block the ball. After ten turns, change functions. At this stage, the korf is not used.
B. As A, but now the defender turns around as soon as (s)he has the feeling that the ball is on its way and tries to intercept the pass. This method involves greater risk and is therefore usually less advisable but I know korfballers who have used this technique to make their opponents’ lives very difficult.
C. As A, but now A2 makes small movements backwards and forwards. How often can the defender catch or touch the ball?
D. As C, but the defender clearly chooses for one side looking, for example, frequently (but for short periods) over the left shoulder to know when the ball has been played.
Attackers A1 and A2 must co-operate, especially in the beginning, when – if performing the exercise correctly – they must allow the defender one or more chances to intercept the ball.
E. As D, but looking over the other shoulder.
F. As D, but the defender changes sides continuously.
G. Now the korfs come into use. Al assists from by the post. A2 stands about eight metres from the korf (but within shooting distance). D defendsA2, Al passes to A2 who shoots if (s)he receives the ball. The role of the defender is to intercept the ball, or at least to try to prevent A2 from catching the ball cleanly.
H. As G, but A2 can now move backwards and forwards, giving the defender less opportunity to take up a good position to win the ball.
I. As H, but make a game of the exercise. Al and A2 try to play together to score as many goals as possible. Each goal is a point for A2. D’s job is to intercept the ball and a point is awarded to D each time this occurs. Who can score the most points?
As soon as the exercise resembles a game, many defenders will prefer to defend man to man. This is forbidden, as the objective of the exercise is that the defenders learn to intercept the ball.
J. In I A2 could profit from the ball-watching defender and thereby take a running-in shot occasionally. Now that is made more difficult as the defender’s job is to seek to win the ball only occasionally, and otherwise to defend normally. Otherwise as I. How many times can the attacker score or the defender intercept the ball?
With alternation between normal defence and ball-watching, the attacker becomes less secure. Many have little idea how to counter this defence tactic, unaware of how to profit from the risks that the defender takes. Close a training with this exercise used in a four against four situation, where the defenders may choose when to take a chance to win the ball and when to play man to man defence.