(d) REBOUNDING FROM A FRONT DEFENDING POSITION
Exercise in rebounding from a front defending position
See the descriptions by the various exercises.
A. In pairs, a shooter in front of the korf and a rebound player. The latter stands about a metre in front of the post with his/her back to the shooter. Looking over his/her shoulder to see when and where the shot is coming, the rebound is made from this position. Change functions from time to time.
B. In threes. As A, but now with a front defender by the rebounder. The latter must block the former and rebound all of the shots (unless the ball bounces a long way from the post after hitting the korf).
C. In threes. There are two attackers (a shooter and an assist player) and one defender. The defender has to choose continuously between taking a strong position for the rebound or front defending to make a running-in shot impossible. The rebound player must cooperate with the attacker to react in the best manner. Thus if the defender wants to take the rebound, the assist player moves forward to give the ball to the shooter for a running-in shot. If front defended, the assist player makes the block to collect the distance shot. Change tasks frequently.
D. Two attackers and two defenders. The defenders are told not to allow any running-in shots. This requires consistent front defence and taking no risks under the korf. The attackers must try to shoot from distance as often as possible at the time when the rebound is guaranteed (when the rebound player blocks the front defender). Change tasks after a few minutes.
E. A small game of two against two, without special instructions, but where the players are told to shoot while the rebound player is being front defended.