I've been talking to one of our
players who's in one of the South Region's Talent and Performance
Centres and they have been working on
"DEFENSIVE STANCES" and the type of stance the GK
and GD might think of taking up when they are zone defending
in the circle.
One of those things you tend to
take for granted, and probably don't think will make much
of a difference, but having worked through it myself, it
does make the movement in the circle that much easier.
So, pretend you're a boxer!! Stand
as though you are leading with your left hand, (to hit your
oppenent - not literally). You naturally will have your left
hand and left foot forward. If you now are a southpaw, ie
lead with your right hand, then it's right hand and right
Right, now start to move backwards
and forwards. You can push off either the front or back foot,
and the moment is very easy!!
So we all now need to become boxers
and as Caroline has just said, we can get our players to skip
with this stance, so not only are the players working on their
movement skills, but also it will improve their CV fitness.
What about the sideways movements
you cry. Well again, have a go. You can push off either foot,
and the big plus for me is that you are always looking down
court, looking for that interception, hungry for the ball.
Sometimes the simplist ideas are
Investigate various ways of moving
backwards. Slipping, running, and have the player jump for
that interception. See if she can come off 2 feet, as this
will give her twice as much power and will probably stop her
contacting the shooter.