3.01 COLLECTIVE DEFENCE
(c) BALL WATCHING DEFENCE
Exercise in ball watching in defence (with the objective of winning the ball as quickly as possible)
See the various exercises.
A. Three attackers against two defenders. All of the players are within five metres of the korf. All three attackers may shoot and the defenders must try to allow as few goals as possible in, say, one minute. Then change functions (with one of the attackers continuing to attack).
The objective of this exercise is that the defenders should not limit themselves to following their personal opponent. They must position themselves so that they can see the ball. They only defend “normally” when an attacker has the ball. Thus the attacker in possession should always have a defender. The other defender tries to position him/herself so as to win the ball while still being able to move quickly to defend either of the other two attackers.
B. As A, but now four attackers and three defenders.
C. As B, but now there is no restriction that the attackers must stay within five metres of the korf.
D. Play four against four. If the defenders win the ball, they give it back to the attack. Change roles after a few minutes. The attack is told to circulate the ball around the korf. There should be no shots. The defenders are told to defend their personal opponent, but they stand in such a position that they can always see the ball. The further away the ball is, the greater the distance that the defender can take from his/her attacker. The defenders try to intercept the ball where possible.
E. As d, but now the attackers attack normally.
F. Zone-defence: As E, but now the defenders give the attackers more space when they are further than six metres from the korf. The defender then has just one task: to win the ball. The defender tries to ball watch continuously, to intercept passes and win the rebounds. But the defenders also defend in such a way that they can defend the attacker immediately (s)he comes close to the korf.
This type of defence is extremely frustrating for many attackers. They have oceans of space but can rarely shoot since it they shoot once they will lose the ball. For the attack there are only two solutions: put someone extremely tall under the korf to win the rebounds, or score with every shot