3.2 ATTACKING SYSTEMS
(i) 3-1 SYSTEM
Attacking system with one supporting player
Four per korf, see the diagram for the basic organisation. For each exercise, more defenders are required.
A. The players in front of the korf play the ball to each other. By making in-out movements, they can move free from their imaginary defenders. An occasional shot is taken. The rebound is assured by the post player who immediately plays the ball to one of the players in front of the korf.
B. The ball is played around in front of the korf. At a certain moment the post player suddenly takes a few steps forward. The ball has to be given immediately and is followed by a running-in shot. It can be agreed that the person who gives the pass goes for the running-in, but it can equally well be one of the others.
C. One of the three attackers defends the player by the korf. The two remaining attackers can choose between distance shots or running-in shots. In fact, it is the defender who determines which action is possible: front defending allows the distance shot while fighting for the rebound position allows the assist for a running-in shot.
D. The four attackers each have a defender. The defender by the post defends 100 per cent, the others are more passive. Otherwise as C, with both distance and running-in shots taken.
E. As D, but the post defender is told to defend in front so that an assist from under the korf is impossible. The post player profits from this to move away from the korf from time to time. A long pass should then be given allowing the post player to shoot. The shot is collected by the player who gives the long pass, after which the initial positions are taken up again.
F. As E, but now the movement away from the post is not followed by a shot. Instead the ball is played to a team-mate and a running-in shot is taken.
The 3-1 system above leads to a very static game. Nonetheless, it can be very successful if the post player has a strong advantage over his/her opponent and the shooters have a good shot. If these conditions are not satisfied, the attack would do better to practise the 3-1 System With Cutting-In.