Defense is a skill that every coach and team can take pride in. A great defensive team can counter a height differential if one exists with your opponent.
In this video from Iowa State University head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch shares how she teaches her players to stay on their feet and pursue the ball.
She does not want her players to create the habit of taking one step and falling down.
Coach Johnson-Lynch states that she wants to train her players to extend their range and cover more ground defensively and in order to do that she believes that you train them to run to the ball and accelerate through the ball. By not slowing down as they approach the ball the player will necessarily cover more ground and thus extend their range.
To train her players to accelerate through the ball she utilizes a simple drill that she illustrates in the video below.
In her complete DVD you’ll get a slew of practice drills that work on training defenders to be their very best. Coach Johnson-Lynch not only includes pursuit drills, like the one below, designed to train players to never give up on any ball, no matter how difficult it may seem to track down. In addition she also includes:
- The Wong’s Walk Drill – An upbeat, intense passing drill
- The Coach on 3 Drill – Perfect for producing more gritty defenders
- 6 on 6 Pepper – A great way to get athletes moving actively on the court
- Neville’s Pepper – Forces defenders to try to keep the ball alive to score points
- 5 on 5 concepts
- Ways to add defensive read and communication skills into drills
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