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Dick Bate – Man-marking Defending – Movement-Specific Conditioning

24 Feb
  • 3 players, 2 with balls in their hands 5 yards apart, 1 in the middle
  • The one in the middle moves between the two holders, touching the ball with his hand
  • Ball should be moved up and down by holders to vary position
  • Focus on quick movements, turning the hips, and strong first steps
  • Should not be shuffling, but turning and moving
  • 2 end players can shift their position to surprise the middle player: shift from side to side, from front to back, so that the player has to react to where the ball is quickly

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

  • [could this be done as almost a beep-test kind of thing, or at least a timed activity to see how many touches a player can get in a fixed time?]
  • [this could also be done with four holders in a diamond with the middle player either moving a pattern or with the coach calling out numbers to get them to move randomly]
  • Players do quick feet (‘dance’)
  • Coach calls out left or right
  • Players turn in that direction, focusing on hips and first step
  • Players run to a fixed point (sprint of 10 or 15  yards)

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

  • Initially attacking players ran too fast
  • Bate slowed them down, telling them to jog or even walk; focus on the change of speed
  • Focus is on the defenders, so defenders need to develop that quick first step to keep up with attackers as they change pace
  • Bate added the restriction that only one change of direction was allowed
  • Similar to the catch-the-defender game we already play (with a ball) but in this version no ball; a game of tag
  • Progression: two players have a ball in their hand; they are immune but can and should pass the ball to other players in trouble (this also develops communication)
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