2.02 INDIVIDUAL DEFENCE
(e) SHOT BLOCKING
Exercise for the defender to learn to block shots
Groups of three with a ball per korf: two stationary attackers and a defender. As far as possible, the players should be of equal height.
A. Assist player Al passes to A2 who takes a shot from distance. Defender D stands one metre from A2 so that the shot is not defended. D’s role is to try to block the shot, and that requires timing. D cannot jump too late but also not too soon orA2 will not shoot but will go past the defender. After 10 shots, change functions. Once everyone has taken at least one shot, move onto B.
Many players have not blocked a ball once in their entire lives. Giving them this experience is the point of the exercise. Attacker 2 therefore cooperates in the exercise, shooting slower than would normally be the case, and also when in a defended position.
B. A2 now makes small movements, receives the ball from A1 and shoots directly. D once more tries to block the ball in the correct manner. Al and A2 continue to cooperate to allow D the chance to touch or completely block a few shots. Change functions after 10 shots.
C. As B, but now the attackers do not cooperate, although A2 must shoot after catching the ball, even if (s)he feels that the ball may be blocked (it remains an exercise for the defender).
D. A2 is now allowed to take a running-in shot. By feinting a distance shot, the attacker draws the defender into jumping. The defender must continue trying to block the ball, but must not go full out with every shot.
It is now clearly more difficult for D. In the previous exercises, D could assume that the shot would follow reception of the ball by A2. Now D must take the decision whether or not to block the ball. This takes time and may mean D arrives too late to make the block. Make sure that the attackers do shoot regularly. Once the defender has enjoyed some success in this exercise, move onto the next stage.
E. For 30-60 seconds, man-to-man attack-defence. A2 attacks as (s)he pleases but must shoot at least three times. A2 gets a point for every goal scored, D gets a point for every blocked shot – who wins?